As Christmas is quickly approaching the North Providence Police Department wants to provide helpful information to our residents and visitors to protect themselves and their valuables.
We are encouraging residents to take steps to protect their property and prevent crime by not presenting crimes of opportunity while out shopping or at home. If the doors to your vehicle are locked, the windows are fully closed and you do not leave valuables (cell phones, GPS systems, loose change, portable DVD players, computers, gifts, ipods, etc.) in sight you can dramatically reduce the likelihood of being a victim of crime. It is also advisable not to leave the “cigarette lighter” chargers or bracket for your GPS system (or other electronics) attached to the windshield since this is a clue that a valuable device may be located within your vehicle.
It is also worthwhile to mention that Christmas gifts and large shopping bags should not be visible in the vehicle. The best place to store these items is in the trunk.
Homes have also been targeted by thieves during the holiday season. Criminals have broken into homes hoping to steal gifts and other items of value. Measures that can be utilized to protect your home while you are out shopping or celebrating include some of the following:
- Lock all doors and windows
- Leave lights on, or install a timer
- Leave a radio or television on, or install a timer to give the impression that someone is home
- Activate your alarm system if your home is equipped with one
Recently, packages that have been delivered to homes have been stolen shortly after being delivered. Large boxes and packages have been stolen when left outside of the home on a porch, entryway, etc. To help prevent this type of crime, it is advisable to make arrangements with package delivery companies to coordinate the arrival of packages, if practical, with times when someone is home. You may also request that a signature is required when a package is being delivered or ask to pick up the package at the delivery companies location or store. Another common method is to have the package delivered to your place of employment. If you have a security camera installed ensure that it is positioned to capture your front door, and ensure that it is plainly visible to act as a deterrent.
The North Providence Police Department wants to promote active participation amongst residents to report suspicious activity when it is observed. The public is a valuable partner in the prevention and solving of crime. Therefore, please take steps to be observant and contact us if you see something suspicious. For example,:
- You know your neighbor is not home but see a strange vehicle in the driveway, a strange person in the home or in the yard
- You notice a strange person enter a yard and take a package that was recently left by a delivery company (obtain a registration plate and description of suspect, if possible)
- You notice a vehicle that appears to be following a delivery company van
- You notice other suspicious activity
Please call the North Providence Police Department at 231-4533 to report matters that appear out of the ordinary. Our officers will respond and investigate your complaint and observations as quickly as possible.
For media inquiries, please contact Deputy Chief Arthur Martins at 231-4533 Ext. 102.
North Providence Police safety tips for Halloween:
Should be bright
Use reflective tape or stickers on your costume and treat bags
Make sure your costume and shoes fit well to avoid trips and falls
Use soft and flexible costumes accessories, not sharp and pointy ones
Bring a glow stick to be visible
Go with a group and bring trusted adults
Carry a flash light
Walk, don’t run
Walk on the side walk
Before crossing the street, look all ways and listen for traffic
If there are no sidewalks, walk on the left hand side of the road facing traffic
Use caution when crossing driveways
Obey traffic signals
The North Providence Police Department would like to make a public safety announcement in reference to Marijuana edibles and Marijuana candy for this Halloween. These edible forms of marijuana pose a great risk to users, especially children who could accidentally receive them during the Halloween season. Marijuana candy contains tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is the main active ingredient that causes a high. The THC levels in marijuana candy can be as high as 90 percent compared to 10-20 percent found in marijuana vegetation.
Marijuana candy products can come in many forms, including but not limited to cookies, brownies, lollipops, gummies, chocolates and other hard candies. Symptoms of ingested marijuana candy include dizziness, shallow breathing, red eyes and dilated pupils, dry mouth, increased appetite and slow reaction time. Other effects include distorted sense of time, random thinking, paranoia, anxiety, depression, nervousness and nausea and short-term forgetfulness.
Recommendations for Halloween Candy
- Adults should check for unusual candy packaging, such as homemade, plastic bag packages.
- Adults should also check for an odor that is similar to the smell of a marijuana plant.
- Read the packaging of name brand candy, as it is sometimes difficult to distinguish the difference based on appearance alone.
- Wear vinyl or non-latex gloves when checking the candy.
- Immediately contact your local police department if you believe that your child has received marijuana candy.
- Immediately seek medical assistance if you believe that you or your child has ingested marijuana
BE Smart BE Safe BE Seen
Recently the North Providence Police Department was notified of an incident in which individuals posed as impostors from a utility company. The impostors knocked on the door and stated that they were there to perform repairs.
The homeowner allowed the impostors into the home. The impostors checked the residence, asked a few questions and left the residence.
The suspects are described as two Hispanic males who arrived in a white pickup truck that was not marked with the utility company’s name or official markings.
This is a common tactic of thieves who want to gain access to a residence. Once in the residence one of the impostors will distract the homeowner while the other suspect takes valuables from the home. In this instance it does not appear that anything of value was taken.
The North Providence Police Department wants to warn our residents that this type of activity is occurring in the community.
Please take the following precautions if you are approached by persons posing as utility workers:
- If you did not call the utility company call them to verify they have authorized workers in the area
- Ask the worker for official identification, when calling the utility company provide the worker’s name and employee number to confirm he/she is one of their employees
- Ensure the vehicle the worker arrived in is marked with the utility company’s name
- If you did not make an appointment with the utility company do not allow the individual into your home under any circumstances
- Please contact your local police department and the utility company to report the incident
- Attempt to obtain as much information on the description of the individuals as well as the vehicle that they are driving