October 9 GRDA Weekly Report
Protecting Yourself from Increasing Crime Trends
- Many times the criminal element will case areas that they want to hit in advance, so be watchful for people that “just don’t look right”. Just because they are walking around a marina or dock with fishing gear does not mean that is what they are doing. We have already seen activity at some of the marinas where it appears that persons are lingering around at late hours of the night scoping out opportunities. If you see or hear someone around your docks that are not normally there, it is best to notify us. Follow your instincts and call police. We would rather respond to find it is nothing, than to investigate another crime. Call 911!
- Surveillance cameras are a most effective tool against thieves. Not only do they act as a deterrent, but cameras can notify you and police when criminal activity is occurring. Some systems will notify you in real time! Another advantage of cameras is that the video captured by surveillance cameras are an indisputable witness and often provide authorities with the information we need to solve these crimes. This type of technology is readily available and affordable, so consider investing in this protection.
- Remove your valuables from the dock and boat. Why risk the loss and offer temptation to others? If you have property on your dock or in your boat that you don’t want to replace, then take the time to remove it to safe storage when you winterize your vessel.
- Keep it locked with keys removed. This may seem as obvious advice to most people, but it is surprising how many people leave the keys to their vessel in the boat or stowed away in a compartment where it only takes a little time to find. Ensure your lockers and storage closets have heavy, theft deterrent hardware and locks.
- Document your property, especially if you can’t take it with you. Police are rarely able to return property recovered from a theft if we can’t identify who the property belongs to. The best way to do this is to take the time to record the model and serial numbers for your valuables. All it takes is a little time.
- Photograph your valuables. There is no better way to document your valuables than through photos of the items, and include photos of the model and serial numbers that you can save on a thumb drive in a safe place, just in case.
- Thieves like to strike under the cover of darkness to elude detection. Lights deter, so keep your dock and property well lit at night. Motion lights add that extra bit of security by convincing the “bad guys” to move on to a place that is not as well protected, and will also alert you and your neighbors as to any suspicious activity. Solar powered motion lights are an easy solution for those areas where there is no electricity.
- Watch for your neighbors. Get to know those that live close to you, what cars they drive, who belongs at their house, when they are gone, and how to contact them. The best deterrent to crime is the watchful eyes of those that live near the area being targeted.
- Every night by 9 PM, make it a habit to check your home, garage, cars, and property to ensure that all is locked and ready for the night.
Operation Dry Water
Eco Courtesy Dock Closed
In order to facilitate a shoreline stabilization project near the Ecosystems and Education Center, the Grand River Dam Authority is announcing that the courtesy dock located on Grand Lake, just behind the center in Langley, will be closed temporarily. Because of the presence of heavy equipment in the area, it is necessary to close the dock and the access path to allow the work to proceed safely. GRDA anticipates the project will be completed in late November.
Did You Know?
Neosho River Flood Warning Issued
Safety Education Programs
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Boating Tips From the GLSPS
- Vary your operating area, and do not keep repeating the same maneuver.
- Avoid congregating with other PWC operators near shore, which increases annoying noise levels.
- Avoid making excessive noise near residential and camping areas, particularly early in the morning.
- Avoid maneuvers that cause the engine exhaust to lift out of the water because that increases noise levels.
- Do not modify your engine exhaust system if it increases the noise. Improperly modified exhausts will not make your PWC faster and may raise the noise to an illegal level.
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