Dear Clarkson Valley Resident,
The Holiday Season is upon us again. Unfortunately, the increase in retail activity brought on by the Holiday Season also brings about an increase in certain types of crime. Following the tips provided below may help you to avoid some of these problems:
Due to everyone’s awareness of terrorism being heightened, we remind everyone to remain calm and confident in their local, state and federal law enforcement agencies and to report anything that appears suspicious or threatening.
I hope these tips will help us have a safe and happy Holiday Season. All of the police officers in the West County Precinct would like to wish you and your families all the best.
A Note from Officer Friendly,
As the Mayor mentioned in a recent article in this magazine, Clarkson Valley’s Board of Aldermen recently passed a Social Hosting Ordinance. Our Social Hosting Ordinance is very similar to those of our surrounding cities. It is not aimed to end our controlled backyard barbeques or quiet family functions, but clearly defines what an unruly party is; who is responsible for functions on public or private property; and what the desired police response should be.
Our ordinance states that officers responding to a gathering that falls under our definition of loud or unruly party will take whatever immediate step are necessary to address safety issues such as: underage drinking, minors in possession of alcohol, providing alcohol to a minor, possession of tobacco or narcotics. This would also include juvenile violations such as curfew, injurious behavior, and runaway.
The “new” Social Hosting Ordinance is really an update and gathering of ordinances that Clarkson Valley has had for many years. The biggest change is packaging the ordinances together with clear definitions and consequences so that when the need arises, officers can take the appropriate action.
The Social Hosting Ordinance is directed to prevent repeat calls to the same residence or location for fire, police and EMS personnel. The cities that have a Social Hosting Ordinance cite their ordinance as being very useful as a preventative measure by reminding both adults and minors that they can and will be held responsible for violations on their property.
The addition of this Social Hosting Ordinance is a positive step in ensuring Clarkson Valley will remain the peaceful neighbor-friendly city that it has always been. Please take the time to log onto the city website and read the Social Hosting Ordinance that has been put in place to protect your property and your peace.
I would like to leave you with some safety reminders for the upcoming holidays and all the travel and shopping that comes with them.
At home: keep up with the common- sense safety.
Make sure all doors and windows are securely closed and locked before you go to bed for the night or anytime you are leaving your home. I recommend taking a walk around your residence both at night and during daylight hours to look at your family’s safety from the outside. What can you see that might interest a criminal? What can you do to correct the problem? If you see any potential problems, TAKE ACTION to correct the problem – no matter how small it may seem.
With any extra holiday lighting, set a timer to control the lights so they will not be a safety hazard. Close window coverings and do not display holiday presents to make your home less of a target for thieves.
Traveling and shopping safety.
Make a plan prior to going out whether on a long trip to Grandma’s house or just to the mall. Travel and shop with others as there really is safety in numbers. Be aware of your surroundings when walking to and from your car. Look to see who is around and possibly watching you when you are shopping or at the ATM. If you have to store packages or luggage in your vehicle, cover them or secure them in the trunk.
As always, if you have any questions about the security of your home or anyplace you have to go, please do not hesitate to contact me.
The St. Louis County Police Officers at Clarkson Valley would like to wish all of you a safe and happy holiday season.
Thom Taylor - Neighborhood Police Officer
St. Louis County Police Department
West County Precinct
City of Clarkson Valley