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The North Providence Breeze 12-12-2018

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NORTH PROVIDENCE EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | DECEMBER 12-18, 2018 NORTH PROVIDENCE 7 Police: Protect your valuables this season NORTH PROVIDENCE – As Christmas approaches, the North Providence Police Department is encouraging residents and visitors to protect themselves and their valu- ables, with tips on how to do so. "We are encouraging residents to take steps to protect their property and prevent crime by not present- ing crimes of opportunity while out shopping or at home," said police in a release. "If the doors to your vehicle are locked, the windows are fully closed and you do not leave valu- ables (cell phones, GPS systems, loose change, portable DVD play- ers, computers, gifts, ipods, etc.) in sight you can dramatically reduce the likelihood of being a victim of crime." It is also advisable, said police, not to leave the "cigarette lighter" chargers or brackets for GPS sys- tems or other electronics attached to the windshield since this is a clue that a valuable device may be located within a vehicle. It is also worthwhile to mention that Christmas gifts and large shop- ping bags should not be visible in the vehicle. The best place to store these items is in the trunk, said police. Home Security Homes have also been targeted by thieves during the holiday sea- son. Criminals have broken into homes hoping to steal gifts and other items of value. Measures to be utilized to protect a home while 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 • And activate an alarm system if a home is equipped with one. Recently, "porch pirates" have been stealing packages delivered to homes. Large boxes and pack- ages have been stolen when left outside of the home on a porch or entryway. 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, said police. Residents 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 a place of employment. Anyone who has a security camera installed should ensure that it is positioned to capture the front door, and that it is plainly visible to act as a deter- rent. Public help needed The North Providence Police Department is seeking to promote active participation among resi- dents to report suspicious activity when it is seen. The public is a val- ued partner in the prevention and solving of crime, and residents are encouraged to: • Report when they see strange vehicles in a driveway or people in a home or yard • Report when they see someone take a package that was recently left by a delivery company. Jot down the registration plate and description of suspect, if possible • Report when they notice a vehicle that appears to be following a delivery company van • And report it if they notice other suspicious activity. Call the North Providence Police Department at 401-231-4533 to report matters appearing out of the ordinary. Officers will respond and investigate complaints and observa- tions as quickly as possible. Holiday sing-along at the Mancini Center NORTH PROVIDENCE – The North Providence Mancini Center, 2 Atlantic Ave., lists upcoming events. • Blood pressure screening on Thursdays, 10-11:30 a.m., and 2-4 p.m.; Tuesday, Dec. 18, 9-10:30 a.m.; and Friday 2 to 4 p.m. • Salsa dancing Fridays at 1 p.m. • Evening Bingo Tuesdays, 5-6 p.m. Admission $10; specials $1 each. Call 401-231-0742. • Hearing screenings and consultations with Dr. Mary Kay Uchmanowicz of Twin River Hearing Health on Wednesday, Dec. 19, 9:30 to 11 a.m. No appointment is necessary. • A holiday continental break- fast, sponsored by Golden Crest, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 9:30 to 11 a.m. • A Sing-along with Ken Wednesday, Dec. 19, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. • The In-Sight Support Group meets Tuesday, Dec. 18, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. To register, call Rick Andrade at 401-941-3322, or email randrade@in- sight.org. The Mancini Center is now accept- ing memberships for 2019. A new application is required annually. 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