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July 2014 Law of the Month:
With the 4th of July holiday weekend just around the corner the Fond du Lac Police Department would like to take a moment to remind everyone that most forms of fireworks are ILLEGAL. If you will be celebrating the holiday weekend with friends, family and fireworks please keep in mind the following guidelines when it comes to fireworks:
1. Rule of Thumb: If it explodes or flies, it is illegal.
2. State allows the sale, possession and use, without a permit, of sparklers, stationary cones and fountains, toy snakes, smoke bombs, and caps, noisemakers and confetti poppers with less than ¼ of a grain of explosive mixture. There is no age restriction on sale, possession or use of these devices and the statute does not classify them as fireworks. These are the only kinds of “fireworks,” as that word is commonly used, that a person may use or possess without a permit or that may be sold to a person who does not have a permit.
3. The permits that you receive or buy from the fireworks stands are NOT legal fireworks user permits. The City of Fond du Lac does not recognize any permits not issued directly from the City Clerk.
4. If you are caught in possession of fireworks without a valid users permit or license, you will have your fireworks confiscated and you will be fined ($218.50).
To report fireworks complaints, please contact the Fond du Lac Police Department at 906-5555.
The Fond du Lac Police Department receives numerous complaints regarding fireworks each year. We will actively enforce areas where there are large gatherings of people (i.e., Lakeside Park, downtown district). As manpower allows, we will enforce in residential areas, particularly during the evening hours. We are asking the citizens for their observance to this State Statute and City Ordinance prohibiting the possession and use of fireworks - State Statute 167.10(3).
In closing, the City of Fond du Lac Police Department wishes everyone a safe and enjoyable 4th of July. The City of Fond du Lac fireworks display will take place on July 4, 2014 at Dusk at Lakeside Park 55 N. Park Ave in Fond du Lac. Again, we are asking that everyone work with the Police and Fire Departments in making this a safe and peaceful holiday for all the residents of our community.
Officer Kari Gordee #64
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From the Desk of Chief William Lamb
Police Announce the Results of Special Enforcement Efforts in Lakeside Park
Fond du Lac Police have recently concluded a series of three different special enforcement operations in Lakeside Park. The operations, which were planned and coordinated by the Department’s Central District team of supervisors and officers, involved the use of plain clothes officers and unmarked squad cars, and were used to target unlawful and unruly behavior to help maintain the park’s very family friendly environment.
During these special enforcement operations, officers initiated 17 contacts; issuing 8 citations and 12 warnings. The violations ranged from traffic offenses, noise, disorderly behavior, and drug/alcohol violations.
In addition to these special enforcement operations, Central District officers have increased their patrol presence in the park, and the Police Department’s Auxiliary officers have also volunteered their time to help provide an added police presence in the park. The Police Department is encouraged that these efforts are helping to accomplish the goal of protecting the overall quality of life for visitors to the park; similar special enforcement operations were conducted during the summer of 2013 and, according to Central District supervisor LT Dave LeCaptain, officers noted much less unlawful activity this year.
Additional special enforcement operations and the department’s increased police presence will continue to be maintained. Residents and visitors to the park are strongly encouraged to notify police immediately of any unlawful, unruly or suspicious behavior that they observe.
William B. Lamb
Chief of Police
City of Fond du Lac Police Department
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Senior Crime Prevention Tips
During the spring and summer month, the Police Department always sees an increase in the number of citizens (especially seniors) who fall prey to home improvement scams, particularly driveway seal coating scams.
If you, a consumer, did not solicit the contractor who shows up at your door unannounced, then do not do business with that person. He or she may have an ulterior motive, or may have an accomplice who is waiting for the right time to enter your home with the intent to steal your valuables or your identity.
The best safeguards are:
- Make it a rule that you NEVER do business with someone you did not solicit.
- NEVER give money, especially cash, “up front” for a job.
- Call the WI Better Business Bureau (BBB) before doing business with anyone. BBB can be reached at (414) 847-6000 or www.wisconsin.bbb.org
Additional Safety Tips for Seniors
If you receive an unsolicited call:
- Remember, you did not ask to be called. DO NOT get pressured into accepting an offer.
- It’s OK to say “No thank you!” and hang up.
- Ask them not to call again.
- Request written literature about an offer before making a decision. Be leery of those that can’t provide the requested information.
- Be careful of offers that are about to expire or are for a limited time only. These tactics are aimed at pressuring you.
- NEVER send in money as a condition of picking up a prize. Remember, if it’s free – it’s FREE.
Never give credit card numbers, social security numbers or bank account information to people you don’t know.
Report all suspicious requests to police. Take your time and do your homework. Always follow your “gut” instinct.
- Usually aimed at big ticket items (house, car, appliances).
- Preys on a person’s lack of knowledge and expertise.
- Repairs aimed at hard to get to places such as roofs, crawl spaces, etc.
- Sells a person on a bill of goods that warrants our trust of their opinion.
Steps to Prevent Bogus Repairs
- Be wary of unsolicited contractors – “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”
- Don’t fall for pressure tactics.
- Get several opinions before making a decision.
- Check out a company’s credentials (Better Business Bureau).
- Check the references of other consumers using a company’s service.
- Get contract proposals in writing outlining the conditions of work and terms of payment.
- Deal with licensed and insured contractors.
- NEVER pay for a job in advance – Negotiate a payment schedule and make the last payment contingent upon completed work.
Safety Tips While at Home
A visitor at your door:
- Know who is at your door.
- Never open the door to a stranger – use a one-way peep hole.
- Establish the person’s identity and their purpose for the visit.
- If they refuse to identify themselves, contact police.
- If you live in an apartment, contact the onsite manager.
- If the visitor produces identification, consider checking with their business.
- If you are still uncomfortable, ask them to return later – this allows you to contact a friend or neighbor.
- Always be cautious and NEVER let someone in if you’re not sure who they are!