In light of Canada Road Safety Week and May being Bike to Work Month and Motorcycle Awareness and Safety Month in the City of Ottawa, the Ottawa Police Service would like to remind commuters of the importance of road safety and sharing the road.
Road Safety Tips:
Cyclists - Ensure your bicycle handling and traffic skills are in good shape. Know your bike turn signals and obey all traffic rules. Unpredictable movements in traffic can cause collisions. Don’t forget, a bicycle needs a headlight, a bell and a red reflector on the back. Most importantly, a helmet could save your life. See more bike safety tips. Motorcyclists - Over half of all fatal motorcycle crashes involve another vehicle. Safe riding techniques and lane positioning is important. Consider taking a motorcycle safety course, wear all your protective gear, including an approved helmet, obey all traffic rules, road safety, and ride within your skill limits. Drivers - Look closely. See more than the motorcycle or the bicycle – see the person under the helmet, who could be a friend, a neighbour, or a family member. Always be aware of your surroundings. Motorcycles and bicycles can easily be hidden in a car’s blind spot because of their small size. Look around before making lane changes and slow down when passing cyclists or motorcycle riders. Remember to keep a safe distance behind any motorcycles on the road. It’s also a good idea to familiarize yourself with bike turn signals so you can recognize them. Pedestrians - have a role as well and it’s important for them to pay attention. Remember to look both ways before you cross the street, always use designated crosswalks and cross only when the signal permits. Pedestrians should not text while crossing the street.
This week in our neighbourhoods we had a total of 3 Theft from Vehicles and 1 B&E.
Breaking & Entering reported on May 7, 2013 in the 300 block of River Landing Ave in HMB. Suspicious Circumstance were noted.
Theft from Vehicle was reported on May 12, 2013 at three locations in Stonebridge all within walking distance of each other. There was one on Bentgrass Green; another on Riverstone Dr. and yet another on Riverstone Dr. (Do you think it might be the same person committing these crimes?) Lock your vehicles and remove all valuables. There, I said it again.
And PLEASE… report any suspicious activity or persons in your area to the police and to this website on the incident reporting page. The sooner we can get information to the right people, the sooner these criminals can be caught.
Your home, Your Community… Keep it Safe! Join Neighbourhood Watch
If we can have 50% of our community registered and participating, we will get Neighbourhood Watch signage like other Neighbourhood Watch communities. This is important to remind us as members to keep vigilant and also as a deterrent to would be criminals entering our neighbourhood.
Our crime rate in HMB is low because we are a new community, but as we mature that will increase unless we are watchful.
Tell your neighbour about HMB Watch today!