Straight Talk: Residents need to be vigilant in securing property

| May 21, 2010 | 0 Comments

Lt. Col. Daniel Hulsebosch
Director, Directorate of Emergency Services

HulseboschLarcenies and damage to private property continue to be the most frequently committed crimes on our installations. 

Since most of these offenses are attributed to juvenile family member conduct, parents are once again asked to take an active part in their children’s activities. 

As a reminder, children 10 and under should never be away from parents’ or guardians’ supervision, except when traveling to or returning from school. 

Additionally, many of these larceny cases involve property left unsecured in the home, the yard or automobile. To negate crime-conducive conditions, we’re pleading with residents to take the time to ensure that their personal belongings are either locked up or out of plain sight. 

Parking reminders for all 

Residents are strongly encouraged to comply with posted no-parking signs and curbs that are painted red, as these exist to enhance your safety. Community members should also be parking with the flow of traffic, not against it, as parking against the flow of traffic creates an unsafe condition when attempting to pull out. 

Since residents of Army Hawaii Family Housing have two parking spots assigned, I encourage them to use their assigned parking spaces, as this will free up some of the congestion on the streets. 

The military police have been asked by fire officials to keep the streets clear so that fire trucks can get through. 

Residents should be aware that not all no parking areas are marked — because there is no requirement to do so. An example of this is the area immediately around a fire hydrant. 

All of us should already be aware of the law that prohibits parking within 15 feet of a fire hydrant.

Car decals to access installations

The use of Department of Defense decals on all privately owned vehicles, or POVs, is now required for entrance to all Army installations. We began enforcing this rule at our gates May 1, and those without the decal have been issued temporary passes in the meanwhile. 

Keeping it safe this summer

With the summer fast approaching, more people are out and about on their bikes, skateboards, scooters and electric toys. As a reminder, safety equipment is required for all those who ride bikes, skateboards and scooters. Such equipment includes approved helmets for all, as well as knee and elbow pads for skateboarders and motor scooter operators. 

Motor scooters aren’t to be driven on the public roadways or sidewalks, whether on installation or off, the latter of which is noted in the Hawaii traffic code. 

So just because you are able to buy these toy scooters at the post exchange, doesn’t give you the right to operate them on post.

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