Please Leash Your Dog

Date Posted: Tuesday, November 20th, 2018

Reminders: No dogs allowed on the beach anytime from May 15 to October 15 Leash your dog Do not permit your dog to run at large Per Chapters 30, 34, and 114 of the Town of South Bethany Code: It shall be unlawful for pets to be on any beach, strand or dune within the jurisdiction of the Town of South Bethany from May 15 to October 15. (Town Code § 34-8B) Running at large: It shall be unlawful for any such owner to permit a dog to run at large anywhere within the corporate limits of the Town of South Bethany. For the purposes of this article, to “run at large” means that the dog is off the owner’s property and is not under control on a leash. (§ 30-4A & B) Removal of excrement: The owner shall carry and use a bag or other device to pick up […]



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Six Tips to Avoid Contractor Fraud

Date Posted: Wednesday, November 14th, 2018

When seeking a contractor for a home improvement job, you should get estimates from at least three reputable contractors. You should also contact the Better Business Bureau for information about any previous complaints regarding their work. Make sure the contractor has a current mercantile license with the Town and is insured. When structuring a payment schedule with the contractor, never make a full payment up front. You should always insist on a receipt for any payments you make. A reputable contractor will accept payments based upon the percentage of work completed. Most reputable contractors will enter into a written agreement outlining the rights and responsibilities of each party, the work to be done, and the payment schedule. If a contractor refuses to enter into a written agreement, you may not have any legal remedies to future problems. If you are approached by a “traveling” contractor who makes an offer that […]



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What to Do if You Are a Victim of Identity Theft

Date Posted: Wednesday, November 14th, 2018

1. PLACE A FRAUD ALERT on your credit reports by contacting one of the credit reporting agencies (CRAs) listed below. Request your free credit reports.   2. CALL ALL COMPANIES where an account has been misused or opened fraudulently. Close or flag as necessary. Follow up in writing, enclosing an Affidavit.   3. REPORT TO THE FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION. File a complaint online at www.ftc.gov. Enclose a copy, called an FTC Affidavit, with your letters to companies and CRAs. Provide a copy to the police if you file a police report.   4. FILE A REPORT WITH THE POLICE. Ask them to attach your FTC Affidavit to the report. To fix mistakes on your credit report, send a copy to each CRA and the companies that provided the inaccurate information.   Credit Reporting Agencies: Experian: 888-397-3742 Trans Union: 800-680-7289 Equifax: 800-525-6285



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Home Security and Crime Prevention Tips Dont Make it Easy for the Bad Guys!

Date Posted: Wednesday, November 14th, 2018

Keep an inventory with serial numbers, purchase receipts and photographs of resalable appliances, antiques, furniture and jewelry. Store copies in a safe place. Keep your home well lit at night. Consider installing exterior lighting and/or motion sensing lights. Don’t place high dollar electronic items/appliances such as TVs, home entertainment systems, etc., where they can be seen through windows from the outside. Or keep blinds closed. If you will be away from your residence for an extended period of time, dont store high dollar items in your residence. Or keep them in a locked fireproof safe that is bolted to the floor. Notify neighbors and the police department when going away on a trip. Always lock your doors and windows – install deadbolts on all your doors. Use the Neighborhood Watch program to keep an eye on your neighborhood. Dont leave notes on the door when going out. Leave lights on […]



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Bicycle Safety in South Bethany – Know the Law Before You Ride

Date Posted: Wednesday, November 14th, 2018

The South Bethany Police Department is very concerned for the safety of our residents and visitors. So we would like to make you aware of some important information concerning the operation of bicycles on town roads and on State Route 1. Bicycles are subject to the same traffic laws as motor vehicles and as such, must obey all traffic laws and signals that apply to motor vehicles. This includes texting/talking on a cell phone and operating a bicycle while under the influence of alcohol. Yes, you can be charged with DUI while riding a bicycle. Bicycles must ride as close as practicable to the right hand edge of the road way in the same direction as motor vehicle traffic and are not permitted to ride on sidewalks. When riding at night, bicycles must be equipped with a light on the front which emits a white light visible from a distance […]



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Parking Problems Most Frequently Incurred by Motorists

Date Posted: Wednesday, November 14th, 2018

Parking without a valid permit. Permit improperly displayed. Stickers must be displayed on the back of the rear view mirror. Hanging permits must be hung from the rear view mirror. Remember to keep your vehicle locked to prevent the theft of your permit. Parking on the roadway or against the flow of traffic. Parking in No Parking Areas, Lifeguard Parking, Handicap Parking, or blocking driveways. Motorists are reminded to park on the right side of the road off of the roadway as far as possible.



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Water Leaks – Help Us Help You

Date Posted: Wednesday, November 14th, 2018

During the winter season, fluctuating temperatures often cause frozen water pipes to burst causing severe damage to homes and property. We encourage all non-residents who own homes in South Bethany to make sure the town hall/police department has a current phone number on file for you so town employees can notify you if your home experiences a water leak.



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Secure Your Packages

Date Posted: Wednesday, November 14th, 2018

We would like to remind everyone to take extra security measures when mailing and receiving packages. Thieves look for unattended packages left in mailboxes and doorsteps. We recommend mailing packages at the post office instead of placing them inside mailboxes and sending packages via certified mail that require a signature from the recipient.



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Recognize The Signs of Terrorism-Related Suspicious Activity

Date Posted: Wednesday, November 14th, 2018

If You See Something, Say Something     



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How to Avoid and Detect Elder Fraud

Date Posted: Wednesday, November 14th, 2018

How to Avoid and Detect Elder Fraud: A Guide for Older People, Caregivers, and Relatives Elder abuse is a problem in western cultures world-wide. There are many forms of abuse ranging from neglect to physical abuse, and within that range is financial fraud. Elder fraud can take many forms and we’ll focus on the type of fraud that primarily uses the internet in this article. Seniors are disproportionately targeted as victims for fraud. The AARP (formerly the American Association of Retired People) found that while only 35 percent of the American population is over 50 years old, fraud victims over 50 accounted for 57 percent of all fraud. It’s difficult to obtain numbers on how large a problem elder fraud is world-wide. Different organizations calculate numbers in different ways and also define fraud differently. All we can be sure of is that billions of dollars are lost each year to criminals preying on elder […]



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