Public Safety Insider

Dear Friend,

You have expressed interest in receiving newsletters related to public safety issues. Public safety is at the forefront of many people’s minds right now, given the recent firearm-related tragedies around the country. I have been working closely with my colleagues in Dover since we returned to session in January to come up with innovative ideas that will help make our streets safer.

This week, I joined Attorney General Beau Biden and other colleagues to announce several proposals that will be introduced when the House goes back into session next week. As the prime sponsor of two of the bills, I was proud to announce the measures with Attorney General Biden.

The first bill I will introduce would impose a one-year mandatory prison sentence for those convicted of unlawfully carrying a concealed firearm. A second measure would impose a minimum jail sentence on all adults previously convicted of a felony who commit a gun offense, even if an adult was a juvenile for his or her first conviction.

As the chair of the House Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee, I look forward to working with my colleagues this year to make all of our communities safer.

Best,

 

Larry Mitchell
Chair, House Public Safety Committee

2012 Delaware Drunk Driving Statistics

Last year in the state of Delaware, there were 110 total fatal traffic crashes resulting in 116 fatalities. Of those crashes, 56 (51%) were alcohol related, 50 (45%) were not alcohol related, and four (4%) are unknown or are pending.
 

2012 Delaware Drunk Driving Statistics

Fatal Traffic Accidents

110

2012 Traffic Fatalities

116

Alcohol Related

56

Not Alcohol Related

50

Unknown/Pending

4

Source: Delaware Division of Motor Vehicle
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State Police Survey

The Delaware State Police is conducting a survey to find out how satisfied citizens are with its performance. Please click here to take the survey.

Cell Phone Alert System to Supplement Delaware’s Amber Alert Program

The Delaware AMBER (America’s Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response) Alert Program will now be supplemented by the utilization of the Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) system to send AMBER alert notifications to WEA compliant cell phones Statewide. Previously, AMBER alerts were only received on cell phones if the user visited a website and chose to participate. That no longer applies.

The wireless emergency alert uses a loud tone, similar to the Emergency Alert System (EAS) messages on radio and television, to notify the public. In addition to the loud audible tone, the system will send a text message with general information specific to the AMBER alert. If you travel outside of Delaware, you will continue to receive alerts issued in the areas you visit as the WEA system broadcasts the alert for mobile devices within the range of the cellular towers in the affected area.

Cell phone users who choose not to receive the AMBER alert can contact their cell phone service provider or turn the alert notification off in the “notifications” settings area of the cellular phone. If the phone is placed in the vibrate mode, the tone will not be heard.

For FAQ’s and more information:
FEMA:  http://www.fema.gov/commercial-mobile-alert-system
DOJ:  http://amberalert.gov/
CTIA:  http://ctia.org/consumer_info/safety/index.cfm/AID/12082

Senior Safety Tips

Below are some tips for seniors for being safe in your home.

  • Ask for photo ID from service or delivery people before letting them in the door. If you are still uneasy, call the company to verify.
  • Be sure your street address number is large, clear of obstruction, and well lighted so police and other emergency personnel can find your home quickly.
  • Consider a home alarm system that provides emergency monitoring for burglary, fire, and medical emergencies.
  • Don't fall for anything that sounds too good to be true: a free vacation; sweepstakes prizes; cures for cancer and arthritis; a low-risk, high-yield investment scheme.
  • Never give your credit card, phone card, Social Security, or bank account number to anyone over the phone. It's illegal for telemarketers to ask for these numbers to verify a prize or gift.
  • Don't let anyone rush you into signing anything: an insurance policy, a sales agreement, a contract. Read it carefully and have someone you trust check it over.
  • Beware of individuals claiming to represent companies, consumer organizations, or government agencies that offer to recover lost money from fraudulent telemarketers for a fee.
  • If you're suspicious, check it out with the police, the Better Business Bureau, or a local consumer protection office. You can also call the National Consumers League Fraud Information Center at (800) 876-7060.

Delaware’s Criminal Nuisance Abatement Act

If you believe that a property in your community is a criminal nuisance, you can provide the Delaware Department of Justice with a confidential report by calling (302) 577-8500 or by emailing criminal.nuisance@state.de.us. The department will investigate your complaint by contacting law enforcement, examining police reports, and conducting a number of other investigative techniques.

The department is committed to providing community members with relief from neighborhood crime as quickly as possible, and therefore may attempt to resolve the nuisance prior to filing a lawsuit through meetings with property owners or requesting that rental property owners attend one of the department's Crime Free Multi-Housing Program trainings.

When the Department of Justice abates a "criminal nuisance," it eliminates the presence of illegal drugs, illegal guns, violent felonies, criminal gang activity, or prostitution on a property. To accomplish that, the department not only prosecutes the criminals responsible for these crimes, but it also holds property owners financially accountable by filing a civil lawsuit against them for the harm they have inflicted on the community.