The Haltom City Police Department reminds all citizens not to leave their vehicles unattended while warming them up on cold mornings. Each year, there is an increase in auto thefts due to unattended vehicles being left running.
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As of August, 2013, the state implemented the Move Over/Slow Down law, which traditionally has required drivers to yield to police, fire and emergency vehicles, has now been expanded to provide that same protection for Texas Department of Transportation workers. Effective Sept. 1, drivers must move over or slow down when approaching TxDOT workers and vehicles that are stopped with overhead flashing blue or amber lights.
“We are very pleased the Legislature recognizes the dangers our employees face each day while working to maintain and build the state’s vast highway network,” said Phil Wilson, TxDOT’s executive director, noting that more than 100 TxDOT employees working in construction areas have been struck and killed by motorists since 1938. “We are hopeful that this new protection for our crews will lead to fewer preventable deaths and injuries.”
The new addition to the Move Over law requires motorists to move out of the lane closest to the TxDOT vehicle when possible or reduce their speed to 20 miles per hour below the posted limit. If the road does not offer multiple lanes, the driver must slow down. On roadways with posted speed limits of 25 miles per hour or less, drivers must reduce their speed to 5 miles per hour. Violators can be fined up to $2,000.
The Haltom City Police Department reminds all citizens to wear their seat belt and properly secure all child passengers. We strictly enforce vehicle restraint laws because your life matters.
Choose to buckle up and be a positive influence on your loved ones, friends, and co-workers. It will not only save you the cost of a ticket — it just might save your life.
The City of Haltom City has changed the way it administers its residential and commercial alarm tracking and billing system. The program, formerly run in-house by the Haltom City Police Department, is now administered by PMAM Corporation, a company that specializes in managing municipal alarm tracking and billing systems.
You may access the alarm permit account management website here.
Under the new ordinance the program allows permit holders up to five (5) free false alarms a calendar year before charging a penalty. Property owners with alarms are advised and encouraged to ensure that their family members and/or employees are properly trained in how to operate alarm systems. Please make sure your alarm equipment is working properly and call your alarm company if repairs are needed.
The intent of having the alarm program managed professionally is to reduce the significant number of false alarms within the City limits while also making owners of alarms more accountable for the operation of their units. The Haltom City Police Department responded to more than 1,162 alarm calls in calendar year 2012. The Police Department staff estimates about 98 percent of the alarms are false.
These numerous non-critical calls for service prevent, hinder or delay the amount of time that dispatchers and police officers can spend responding to mission critical duties and reduce the amount of staff who can work proactively to prevent crime.
Outsourcing their alarm programs to professional vendors is becoming common among many municipalities who have the same experiences as Haltom City regarding high rates of false alarms.
The Haltom City Police Department will continue to provide 24-hour response to alarm calls.
Coyotes inhabit nearly every contiguous U.S. state and Alaska. The territorial range for an average pack of six can be as much as 12 miles in diameter from the den, and travel for the pack usually occurs along established trails and natural waterways. Coyotes hunt primarily at night, but are often seen during the day.
Coyotes generally breed from January through March, producing litters approximately 2 months later. Citizens will often see more coyotes during the months of March to May, as they are hunting more to ready themselves for the upcoming litters.
Citizens who are concerned about coyotes in our area that have a desire to have them removed need to understand this is not feasible, nor is it recommended. Trapping and similar nuisance control actions cannot eliminate urban coyote problems, although this can be part of the solution in some situations.
If you live in an area where coyotes have been seen or are known to be present, the following precautions should be taken:
- Do not feed Coyotes! Keep pet food and water inside. Keep garbage securely stored.
- Keep Compost piles securely covered; never using bones or fat, which can draw coyotes.
- Keep pets inside or confined securely in your yard.
- Walk pets on a leash and accompany them outside at night.
- Do not feed wildlife on the ground. Keep birdfeeders elevated.
- Keep fruit trees fenced and fruit picked up.
- DO NOT FEED FERAL CATS. This will encourage coyotes to prey on cats, as well as feed on cat food left out for them.
- Use noise making devices, such as air horns, whistles, etc., when coyotes are seen.