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Want to Report a Loud Noise?

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Neighbor playing loud music?  Hear a dog barking incessantly?  Then fill out a Service Request Form, which gets forwarded to the Police Department.  Someone will respond shortly thereafter.  If you want to help the Police Officer get to the bottom of the issue you're facing, please leave your name and indicate if you'd rather prefer to be contacted via phone or e-mail.  It will greatly help the officer help you!  Or, you can always call Police Dispatch at 415-467-1212 to report a non-emergency incident or other nuisances.

Turning Across Double Yellow on Visitacion Ave

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The Brisbane Police department would like to pass on the following information:
Citizens and Business Owners have voiced their concerns regarding the traffic hazards of turning over the double yellow lines to get into a parking spot. We would like to remind you that making a turn over the double yellow lines into a parking spot is a violation of California Vehicle Code Section 21460 (a).
Exceptions to this section are pulling into driveways and private property. Drivers seen illegally turning over the double yellow lines may be cited. This situation can easily be avoided by making a legal U-Turn the next intersection unless that intersection is posted otherwise.

Please feel free to contact any member of the department if you have any questions…..

Thank you and please drive safely.

Archived Police News

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Date: August 12, 2008

BRISBANE PD JOINS THE NATIONWIDE "DRUNK DRIVING, OVER THE LIMIT, UNDER ARREST" CAMPAIGN. Click below for the full story:
Brisbane Police DUI Crackdown


Date: May 9, 2008

BRISBANE POLICE CRACKING DOWN ON BUCKLING UP

Click It or Ticket Aims to Boost Seat Belt Use

 

The Brisbane Police Department will be aggressively enforcing the state’s occupant protection laws as part of California’s 2008 Click It or Ticket mobilization, taking place May 12-June 1. The campaign relies on heavy enforcement and public education as a means to help California achieve the highest seat belt use rate in the nation.  California currently has the nation’s fourth highest seat belt use rate at 94.6 percent.

 

“We want to make sure that all drivers and passengers buckle up on every ride, day and night,” said Police Chief Thomas Hitchcock.  “Our officers will be on the lookout for those who are not buckled up and for teens and children not riding properly restrained. We will not accept excuses or give warnings.  It’s Click It or Ticket.” 

 

California has a primary seat belt law which requires that every passenger in the car, including the driver, is required to wear a seat belt at all times.  If stopped and found to be in violation, law enforcement will issue citations without warning.  Tickets for first seat belt violations range from $80 to $91 for adults and $330 to $401 for children under age 16, depending on the county.

Date: February 28, 2008

CRIME PREVENTION TIPS
A series of home burglaries have been reported in the past few weeks, leading Brisbane Police to urge residents to be on the lookout for suspicious people, cars, and activity. All of these incidents involved homes where doors and windows were left unlocked, thus allowing someone to enter the home with little effort. In some of these occurrences, light, easy-to-carry items have been taken. These episodes have occurred both during daytime and nighttime hours.

Most suspects committing this type of crime are not skilled professionals, and they will take advantage of an easy target when given the opportunity. Don’t make it easy for them. Please lock your windows and doors when you are not at home and check that your windows and doors are securely locked before you go to bed at night. Remember, you are the eyes and ears of our community and we depend on you to call the police when you see or hear something that is out of the ordinary. The number to call would be Police Dispatch, by dialing 9-1-1 .

Below are some Burglary Prevention Tips worth your review:

1. Lock your doors every time you leave the house, even if it’s just for a few minutes during the day. The most popular times for residential burglaries are weekday daylight hours. In over 1/3 of burglaries, there is no forcible entry--someone forgot to lock the doors.

2. Keep garage doors closed and locked.

3. Secure sliding doors and windows. Cut a broom handle to the length of the bottom track so that the window or door will not slide open when forced. Also, drill one hole through both casings and sliding window and insert a nail or pin.

4. Mark or take photos of your property. Mark your valuables with an engraver or take photos of them. Doing this protects your property and serves as a deterrent to would-be burglars and it helps police in identifying and returning stolen property. Make a property identification list. Put warning stickers on doors and windows.

5. Purchase a burglar alarm. A home alarm system can be a very effective burglary deterrent and fit into many people's needs. Remember to test your system monthly.

7. Leave a light on. When leaving on trips, leave a light on in the bathroom. In the bedroom, attach a lamp and radio to a 24-hour electric timer set to go on at dusk and off at your bedtime. Close bedroom drapes or blinds.

8. Use proper exterior lighting. Place a light over every door. Install double cone lights on each corner of the house, as this will also light up windows.

9. Work together with your neighbors. When you are going to be away, tell trusted neighbors and ask them to watch your property. Contact the police department and request a house check of your residence while you are gone. Have someone pick up your newspapers and mail or place a hold on these services while you are away. Tell neighbors to call police if they notice anything suspicious.

10. Contact your police department if you hear or see anything unusual by calling Police Dispatch at 911 .

By working together, we can each play a part in helping keep Brisbane the safe community it’s always been.

Date: September 13, 2007

COMMUNITY FESTIVAL
Officers from the Brisbane Police Department will be at the Brisbane Community Festival at the Community Park on October 6, 2007, from 10:00 AM until 5:00 PM. Stop by and meet the officers that work in your community. Children can have their picture taken on a Brisbane Police Department motorcycle. Officers will fingerprint children at the festival and will provide your family with a free child identification kit. We will also be giving away safety tips and information, coloring books, crayons, junior police badges, and other treats. If you have any questions about the Brisbane Police Department’s participation in the Community Festival, please call Officer Dennis Weber (415) 508-2185.  See you there!  


Date: March 26, 2007

A 911 CALL FOR 911 PHONES (Original Article from 11/01/05)
The Brisbane Police Department is working with 911 Cell Phone Bank to collect used but working cell phones.  This program was created to provide an ongoing and readily available source of 911 capable only cell phones to meet unexpected and urgent needs of participating law enforcement and affiliated victim services agencies.  By donating your cell phone you are providing emergency communications for someone in need. 

If you are an individual or business and would like to support the 911 Cell Phone Bank program by donating your old cell phone, we will have a collection spot located in Brisbane City Hall.

The Brisbane Police Department will have the capability of giving a phone to those who need it.  These phone will be 911 accessible only and will have no other features attached.  We hope to provide the 911 accessible phones to the elderly and to victims of crime.  

If you are victim and would like to receive a 911 accessible cell phone, please contact CSO Roller at (415) 508-2188 ext. 554.


November 23, 2006

Report Drunk Drivers – Call 911
California’s annual holiday DUI crackdown held throughout the month of December is upon us.  The Brisbane Police Department calls for your participation in this life saving campaign to help deter impaired driving and remove drunk drivers from our roadways.

We are promoting the use of the 911 emergency phone number, calling on motorist to report drunk drivers.  You can expect to see messages to “Report Drunk Drivers – Call 911” on Caltrans Amber Alert signs, via radio advertising and in the media.  We are asking that you do your part to prevent alcohol related injuries and fatalities.

If you see a drunk driver on the road, call 911.  Provide law enforcement with the exact location, vehicle make, model and license plate number if possible.  One call could save a life!


Date: July 25, 2006

MEGAN’S LAW UPDATE
Information about registered sex offenders is now available at the Megan’s Law Internet Web Site in a total of 12 different languages.  The languages provided are: Arabic, Armenian, Chinese, English, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Spanish, Tagolog, and Vietnamese.  As a result, the Web Site better serves California’s diverse ethnic community.  The translations are available via a drop down list in the top right corner of the Web Site’s welcome page.  The welcome page is located at: http://MegansLaw.ca.gov .  Simply click on the arrow on the right side of the drop down list and select the preferred language.


Date: Novermber 18, 2005

IS PARKING A PROBLEM IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD?
You don’t have to spend a whole lot of time in Brisbane to realize that parking in the residential areas is limited.  Understandably, citizens take a very personal interest in the vehicles they see parked in their neighborhood and how they are parked.  As a result, the Brisbane Police Department responds to numerous complaints about “abandoned” and “illegally” parked vehicles every day.  Often these complaints end up being a matter of personal preference rather than a matter of law where the police can take legal action.  In those cases where the law does not apply, we are more than happy to attempt to mediate the problem between the parties involved.

THE FACTS
To help you determine if your parking issue is one where legal action should be taken or if mediation would be a solution, we have put together the following facts to take into consideration:

Parking in front of your residence:
Unfortunately, we have no legal or inherent right to the parking spaces in front of our homes.  Parking on city streets is available to anyone, whether or not they reside on our street or not.    

People who own several vehicles:
We realize that there are a great deal of residents that own numerous vehicles without adequate off street parking, or have chosen to use their garages or driveways for other purposes.  Although this fact is unfortunate and inconsiderate to others in the neighborhood, we have no legal authority to remove these vehicles if legally parked on a city street and driven on a regular basis.

Vehicles stored on the street:
There are two municipal codes that govern vehicles parked or stored on the street.  One allows for vehicles to be towed as abandoned after being marked as such for 72 hours.  The other allows for a vehicle to be cited if it can be determined that the vehicle has been stored on the street for more than 5 consecutive days. 

We receive numerous calls each day for “abandoned” vehicles when someone spots a vehicle that they don’t recognize.  We find that often times these vehicles are being parked there temporarily due to construction or road work in another neighborhood, or simply because parking was unavailable on an adjacent street.  In either case we make concerted efforts to locate the owner by way of a neighborhood check or by phone before taking enforcement action.

REMEDIES
Community Mediation
The Brisbane Police Department offers conflict resolution and mediation through the Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center (PCRC).  More information about using PCRC.

Parking Permit Program
The city offers a Residential Parking Permit Program for those citizens that want to regulate parking in their neighborhoods.  This program is initiated by the citizens in the neighborhood in which the permit program is to be put into place.

Police Intervention
The police department will respond to any and all calls for service.  If you see a vehicle that you believe to be illegally parked please call us.  Please leave your name and phone number with the dispatcher.  This allows us to contact you with any questions or to advise you of what we were able to do to resolve the problem.  We receive a lot of “anonymous” calls.  Without your name and phone number, we are unable to resolve the issue if it turns out to be one that requires mediation or enforcement action.   

CONCLUSION
Parking issues can quickly turn great neighbors and neighborhoods into a war zone of Hatfield and McCoys.  Please be considerate of one another when parking your vehicles.  Consider getting to know your neighbors and speaking with them when a problem arises.  We are surprised how many times we respond to a problem and find out that the people involved have never talked despite the fact that they live right across the street from each other. 

Whatever the case, we are here to help.  If you do call us regarding a problem you can be assured that we will do everything that we can to resolve the problem. With the parking the way it is in town, we ask for your patience in dealing with these issues.


Date: November 1, 2005

A 911 CALL FOR 911 PHONES
The Brisbane Police Department is working with 911 Cell Phone Bank to collect used but working cell phones.  This program was created to provide an ongoing and readily available source of 911 capable only cell phones to meet unexpected and urgent needs of participating law enforcement and affiliated victim services agencies.  By donating your cell phone you are providing emergency communications for someone in need. 

If you are an individual or business and would like to support the 911 Cell Phone Bank program by donating your old cell phone, we will have a collection spot located in Brisbane City Hall.

The Brisbane Police Department will have the capability of giving a phone to those who need it.  These phone will be 911 accessible only and will have no other features attached.  We hope to provide the 911 accessible phones to the elderly and to victims of crime.  

If you are victim and would like to receive a 911 accessible cell phone, please contact CSO Roller at (415) 508-2188 ext. 554.


Date: September 15, 2005

COMMUNITY FESTIVAL
Officers from the Brisbane Police Department will be at the Brisbane Community Festival at the Community Park on October 1, 2005, from 10:00 AM until 5:00 PM. Stop by and meet the officers that work in your community. Children can have their picture taken on a Brisbane Police Department motorcycle. Officers will fingerprint children at the festival and will provide your family with a free child identification kit. We will also be giving away safety tips and information, coloring books, crayons, junior police badges, and other treats. If you have any questions about the Brisbane Police Department’s participation in the Community Festival, please call Officer Steve Bennett (415) 508-2188 extension 542.  See you there!  

 

Date: July 26, 2005

The Police are asking for your “EYES and EARS”

Over the past few months we have had an increase of minor “opportunist” crimes in the residential neighborhoods.  These crimes usually involve the theft of some loose change or misc. personal items taken from unlocked vehicles.  Recently however, it appears that this trend may have escalated to involve the theft of a resident’s handicap van.

Brisbane is without a doubt a very safe place to live and the police department is dedicated to keeping things that way.  This doesn’t mean that there aren’t those out there that want to change this.  No matter how attractive the notion is of being able to leave your doors and windows unlocked, we live in a world where these actions will be taken advantage of by people looking for this type of opportunity.

We would like to remind everyone to please lock your vehicles when unattended, and to secure your homes, even when at home.

More importantly, we ask that you keep your eyes and ears open to what’s going on in your neighborhood.  Nobody knows better than you if something looks suspicious.  If something or someone gets your attention, give us a call immediately by dialing 911.  Don’t be shy.  The police department will never criticize you for reporting what you honestly believe to be a problem or suspicious activity.  You know the saying; “Better safe than sorry.”

The police department stands behind its mott “Partnership with the Community.”  Together we can continue to keep Brisbane the great community that it is today. 

 

Date: May 11, 2005

Brisbane Police Department
SPECIAL BULLETIN
Airsoft guns/paint guns

Airsoft guns/paint guns are apparently the newest fad with our young people.  I have received several calls from concerned parents, whose children pressure them to buy these guns, “Because everyone is getting them.”  The argument is also that they are safe to shoot in backyards. 

It is illegal for anyone, adult or child to discharge them within the City Limits of Brisbane.  It is also illegal for them to be loaded while they are being carried within the city.  Finally, it is illegal for anyone under 18 to purchase the weapons or their ammunition.

We at the police department strongly urge all parents to refrain from getting their children these weapons.  We also urge anyone who has already purchased the weapons to supervise their children’s use of the weapons and to insure that any discharge is done outside of Brisbane.  We are hoping for 100% cooperation regarding these guns, but we will enforce the law.


Thank you,

Thomas R. Hitchcock
Chief of Police

 

Date:    April 29, 2005

BRISBANE POLICE TARGETS SEAT BELT VIOLATORS IN MAY AND JUNE

The Brisbane Police Department is warning vehicle drivers and passengers that officers will be issuing tickets to persons not wearing seat belts from May 16 through June 5 that includes the upcoming Memorial Day Weekend.  Although officer will issue seat belt tickets anytime a violation is observed, this special enforcement period is a part of the National “Click it or Ticket” Campaign. 

While officers will be writing tickets, compliance with the law, saving lives and preventing injuries is the goal.  The 1,343 vehicle occupants killed in California crashes in 2002 who did not wear their seat belts had one thing in common:  they did not believe that it could happen to them!  Taking the few seconds to buckle a seat belt is the most effective thing a person can do to save their life.

California courts are serious when children under 16 are not properly secured in a vehicle.  If cited, drivers may receive one “point count” on their driving record, with a maximum fine for a first offence of $340, which increases to $871 for a second offence.  The maximum fine for a person 16 and older is $89 for a first offence and $191 for a second offence.  These amounts pale in comparison to the costs to society for each death or injury that could have been prevented by wearing a seat belt.

The 2004 California Seat Belt Use Survey revealed that 90.4% of vehicle occupants wear their seat belts.  That leaves 3 million people who do not buckle up on California roadways with a strong chance or receiving a seat belt ticket during the 3 week campaign.

So as the summer travel season kicks into gear, do the right thing and buckle up.  Of you don’t, it could cost you.

 

Date:  April 4, 2005

BRISBANE POLICE DEPARTMENT RECIEVES NEW MOTORCYCLE
The Brisbane Police Department received a new police motorcycle as part of the Comprehensive County Wide DUI Traffic Enforcement/Education and Seat Belt Safety Program.  The Daly City Police Department was awarded $910,000 by the Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) to administer the grant which includes participation from 19 other police departments throughout the county.  In addition to receiving new equipment, grant participants will conduct 96 separate traffic safety operations during the next year including strike teams for seatbelt, red light, speed enforcement, and DUI Checkpoints.



Date:
December 22, 2004

Megan’s Law – Information about registered sex offenders is now available on the internet.

As a result of a new law, the Attorney General has opened a website that will provide you with access to information on more than 63,000 persons required to register in California as sex offenders. Specific home addresses are displayed on more than 33,500 offenders in the California communities; as to these persons, the site displays the last registered address reported by the offender. An additional 30,500 offenders are included on the site with listing by ZIP Code, city, and county. Information on approximately 22,000 other offenders is not included on this site, but is known to law enforcement personnel.

This website indicates that many of these registrants are currently in violation of their registration requirements. Any information you may have on these individuals should be reported to your local law enforcement.

If you conduct a search for the city of Brisbane, you see that there are 3 offenders listed.  Two of the 3 registrants are in violation of their registration requirements and have not lived in the city for over 7 years.

To access the Megan’s Law website, go to www.meganslaw.ca.gov

Scroll to the bottom of the page to enter the locator site.  After you read and agree to the disclaimer, you will be sent to a page where you can search anywhere in the state by a variety of search criteria.

Please fell free to contact a member of the department should you have any questions.

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