Flagler Beach Police Department http://www.fbpd.org Mon, 11 May 2015 01:01:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 New Program – “Online Transaction Safe Place” http://www.fbpd.org/2015/05/new-program-online-transaction-safe-place/ http://www.fbpd.org/2015/05/new-program-online-transaction-safe-place/#comments Sat, 09 May 2015 12:31:35 +0000 http://www.fbpd.org/?p=673 Are you looking for a safer way to close your on-line (Craig’s List ®, “Facebook’s Swip- Swap”®, etc.) transactions? If the answer to that questions is yes, we’ve got a brand new program especially for you! The dangers of meeting strangers at a remote location to trade items has ended too many times in senseless violence and this trend continues to occur across the nation. This program is specifically designed to provide a safe place to trade, which in turn will protect all parties involved.

In a proactive effort to protect our citizens, the Flagler Beach Police Department is welcoming the public to utilize our Department’s lobby and parking lot to close their online transactions in a safer manner for all involved parties. The Flagler Beach Police Department is centrally located at 204 South Flagler Avenue. In addition to utilizing the Police Department as an “Online Transaction Safe Place”, our Police Officers will be available to stand by in order to increase both the buyer’s and seller’s sense of security.

Along with our commitment to the safety of all parties involved, the Flagler Beach Police Department is committed to ensuring that on-line transactions conducted in our City are being done so with merchandise that hasn’t been reported as stolen. Police Officers will be available to check any item’s serial number against the State of Florida and National databases (to include NCIC and Leads On-Line) to ensure that transactions don’t include items that have been reported and/or entered into databases as stolen.

How do I set up an appointment?

To schedule an appointment, please contact our Staff at the Police Department between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Feel free to stop by to make your appointment or call us at 386-517-2020.

If you have any questions about the aforementioned information, please contact Captain Doughney or any member of the Flagler Beach Police Department.

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FPL Phone Scam Prevention http://www.fbpd.org/2015/05/fpl-phone-scam-prevention/ http://www.fbpd.org/2015/05/fpl-phone-scam-prevention/#comments Wed, 06 May 2015 21:45:48 +0000 http://www.fbpd.org/?p=657 The Flagler Beach Police Department is providing this awareness announcement in an effort to warn and alert citizens in our community that there is a telephone “scam” currently taking place in the area.

The scams involves a phone call from an individual representing themselves as an employee from Florida Power Light (FPL). In the only reported case in Flagler Beach the business owner was skeptical of the call and refused to provide any information. The caller advised that the business failed to pay the previous month’s electric bill and that a payment needed to be made immediately.

Florida Power & Light is aware of the current “scam” and their website posted the following information; “Phone scammers posing as FPL employees are targeting customers across our 35 county service territory. These scammers are using false phone numbers that could appear on a caller ID to be FPL. They then threaten to shut the power off unless a payment is made immediately with a Green Dot Money-Pak card. These calls are not from FPL. We will never call and demand credit card information or take Green Dot Money-Pak cards as payment. In fact, we do not ask for any personal information from you unless you initiate the contact. If you ever receive a strange call and are in doubt, hang up and call us at the phone number list ed at t he bot tom of y our FP L bill.”

Citizens in our community should stay vigilant and maintain a healthy skepticism should they receive any telephone calls of this nature. If you receive a call of this nature and are unsure if it’s legitimate, becautious and contact your local Law Enforcement agency for assistance.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Captain Doughney or any member of the Flagler Beach Police Department.

Additional on-line information on FPL “Scams, Fraud & Imposters” can be located at; https://www.fpl.com/landing/protect.html. The toll free phone number to report any FPL scam is 1-800-226-3545.

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2015 Hurricane Season Preparation http://www.fbpd.org/2015/05/2015-hurricane-season-preparation/ http://www.fbpd.org/2015/05/2015-hurricane-season-preparation/#comments Mon, 04 May 2015 18:22:44 +0000 http://www.fbpd.org/?p=653 The Atlantic Hurricane season begins on June 1, 2015 and runs through November 30, The following information is being provided in advance of this year’s season to assist with preparation efforts should a Tropical Cyclone event threaten our City.

 

Family Preparedness Tips

 

  • To begin preparing, you should build an emergency kit and make a family communications Don’t forget a plan for your pet(s).
  • Cover all of your home’s Permanent storm shutters offer the best protection for windows. A second option is to board up windows with 5/8” marine plywood, cut to fit and ready to install. Tape does not prevent windows from breaking.
  • Be sure trees and shrubs around your home are well trimmed so they are more wind
  • Clear loose and clogged rain gutters and
  • Reinforce your garage doors; if wind enters a garage it can cause dangerous and expensive structural
  • Plan to bring in all outdoor furniture, decorations, garbage cans and anything else that is not tied
  • Determine how and where to secure your
  • Install a generator for
  • Get any cash you may need before banks close (and ATM’s may not work due to loss of electricity).
  • Locate and place important documents in a waterproof
  • Charge your cell phone battery as well as camera battery in case you need to take pictures of property
  • Fill up your vehicle’s gas tank because if there is a power outage in your area, gas pumps won’t
  • First sanitize and then fill your bathtubs, sinks and other containers with water for sanitary
  • To keep food fresh, turn the settings on your refrigerator & freezer to their highest settings in case of a power
  • Turn off and unplug any non-essential electrical equipment in your house.

 

Know a Safe Place to Take Your Pet(s)

 

  • Local and State health and safety regulations do not permit the Red Cross to allow pets in disaster (Service animals are allowed in Red Cross shelters.)
  • Contact hotels and motels outside your local area to check their policies on accepting pets and restrictions on number, size and Ask if “no pet” policies can be waived in an emergency. Keep a list of “pet friendly” places, including phone numbers, with your disaster supplies.
  • Ask friends, relatives or others outside the affected area whether they could shelter your
  • Make a list of boarding facilities and veterinarians who could shelter animals in an emergency; include twenty-four (24) hour phone
  • Ask local animal shelters if they provide emergency shelter or foster care for pets during a

 

Should you have any questions about the tips listed above, please feel free to contact any member of the Flagler Beach Police Department.

 

Additional Hurricane preparedness information can be obtained by accessing any of the following websites;

 

FEMA website: http://www.fema.gov/plan-prepare-mitigate

 

FEMA for the Disabled & Elderly: http://www.fema.gov/news-release/2006/05/03/disabled-  elderly-need-prepare-hurricanes

 

Red Cross website: http://www.redcross.org/prepare/location/home-family

 

Humane Society: http://www.humanesociety.org/issues/animal_rescue/tips/pets-  disaster.html#.U2vnPNTD-70

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Operation Clean Beach http://www.fbpd.org/2015/04/operation-clean-beach/ http://www.fbpd.org/2015/04/operation-clean-beach/#comments Mon, 20 Apr 2015 11:56:46 +0000 http://www.fbpd.org/?p=650 The following information is being proactively disseminated in an effort to educate the public and ultimately keep our scenic beaches as clean as possible.  Residents and visitors should be aware of the following City Ordinances regarding waste on our beaches:

 

o  City Code 11-12 (3):  Take garbage, recyclables, yard waste, industrial waste or household hazardous waste from any property and place it in or around any public or private use container located: on another private property, at the beach, in any city park, in any parking lot, or on any city right-of-way.

 

o  City Code 5-16:  The owner of every animal shall remove any feces deposited by such animal on any property other than the owner’s property.  Any person walking any animal on the public beach or public property must carry the appropriate equipment to remove and dispose of any feces deposited by such animal on the public beach.   The maximum fine for a violation of either City Code is $500.

 

Spring Break in Flagler Beach saw an increase in visitors to our City and we anticipate a very busy and enjoyable summer. The City of Flagler Beach has over six plus (6+) miles of beautiful beaches and we’re urging our visitors and residents alike to respect our beaches and clean up after yourself. Summer picnics with family & friends on the beach with sandwiches, cold-drinks, ice cream, etc. are what make this City an attraction for thousands of visitors.

Please help preserve our beaches and remember; “leave footprints in the sand, not your trash”

 

Your assistance in helping protect our beautiful beaches is greatly appreciated!  If you have any questions about the information listed above, please feel free to contact Captain Doughney or any member of the Flagler Beach Police Department.

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Sea Turtle Nesting Season http://www.fbpd.org/2015/04/sea-turtle-nesting-season/ http://www.fbpd.org/2015/04/sea-turtle-nesting-season/#comments Sun, 05 Apr 2015 18:13:23 +0000 http://www.fbpd.org/?p=644 Sea Turtle Nesting Season starts May 1st and continues through October 31st. The following information is being disseminated in advance of the upcoming season in an effort to proactively provide valuable information to the public in regard to City Ordinances and State Laws designed to protect our Sea Turtle population.

 

Flagler Beach City Ordinance 9-20 governs “Open Burning” in our City and subsection (b)

 

(4) specifically addresses fires on the beach during turtle nesting season. The City Ordinance states that “during the period between May 1 and October 31, due to sea turtle nesting season, campfires and bonfires are prohibited from dusk until dawn”.

 

Sea Turtles are a protected species and Florida State Statute 379.2431 states that “Any person, firm, or corporation that illegally takes, disturbs, mutilates, destroys, causes to be destroyed, transfers, sells, offers to sell, molests, or harasses any marine turtle species, or the eggs or nest of any marine turtle species as described in this subsection, commits a third degree felony”.

 

Along the coastlines of Florida, Sea Turtles annually make between 40,000 and 84,000 nests. Sea Turtle eggs have an incubation period of about two (2) months. Sea Turtles have existed for over one hundred million years and scientists estimate that only 1 in 1000 to 10,000 babies will survive to adulthood.

 

Your assistance in helping protect our Sea Turtles is greatly appreciated! If you have any questions about the information listed above, please feel free to contact Captain Doughney or any member of the Flagler Beach Police Department.

 

For additional information regarding Sea Turtles, please visit the following websites;

 

http://www.myfwc.com/research/wildlife/sea-turtles/fl-sea-turtles/faq/

 

http://www.seefloridaonline.com/turtles/

 

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Bike Week & Motorcycle Safety http://www.fbpd.org/2015/03/bike-week-motorcycle-safety/ http://www.fbpd.org/2015/03/bike-week-motorcycle-safety/#comments Sun, 01 Mar 2015 00:56:37 +0000 http://www.fbpd.org/?p=635 This year Bike Week begins on Friday, March 6th and runs through Sunday, March 15th and the following information is being provided in advance of the event to educate visitors and residents on Florida motorcycle related laws.

During Bike Week the Flagler Beach Police Department will be enforcing hazardous moving violations, which include but are not limited to; careless driving, aggressive careless driving, reckless driving, excessive speed, racing on a highway (drag racing) and driving under the influence (DUI). Additionally, the following non-moving statutes are in effect in the State of Florida;

316.2095 – Footrests, handholds, and handlebars:

 

  • Any motorcycle carrying a passenger, other than in a sidecar or enclosed cab, shall be equipped with footrests for such passenger.

 

  • No person shall operate any motorcycle with handlebars or with handgrips that are higher than the top of the shoulders of the person operating the motorcycle while properly seated upon the motorcycle.

 

316.211 – Equipment for motorcycles:

 

(2) A person may not operate a motorcycle unless the person is wearing an eye-protective device over his or her eyes.

 

316.294 – Mirrors: Every vehicle (to include a motorcycle), operated singly or when towing any other vehicle, shall be equipped with a mirror so located as to reflect to the driver a view of the highway for a distance of at least 200 feet to the rear of the motor vehicle.

 

316.304 – Wearing of headsets:

 

(1) No person shall operate a vehicle while wearing a headset, headphone, or other listening device, other than a hearing aid or instrument for the improvement of defective human hearing.

316.405 Motorcycle headlights to be turned on:

 

(1) Any person who operates a motorcycle or motor-driven cycle on the public streets or highways shall, while so engaged, have the headlight or headlights of such motorcycle or motor-driven cycle turned on.

 

The goal for this year’s Bike Week event is the safety of our visitors and residents as well as compliance with the laws of the State of Florida. We hope this year’s Bike Week provides our visitors, residents and businesses with many happy memories and thank you in advance for helping make this year’s event a safe event for all.

 

If you have any questions regarding Bike Week, please feel free to contact Captain Doughney or any member of the Flagler Beach Police Department.

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Click It or Ticket Campaign 2015 http://www.fbpd.org/2015/02/click-it-or-ticket-campaign-2015/ http://www.fbpd.org/2015/02/click-it-or-ticket-campaign-2015/#comments Wed, 25 Feb 2015 20:28:02 +0000 http://www.fbpd.org/?p=632 The Flagler Beach Police Department will be participating in the upcoming “Click it or Ticket ” campaign, which will start Sun day, March 1, 2015 and continue through Saturday, March 14, 2015 . Officers from the Flagler Beach Police Department will be monitoring our roadways for safety belt usage and issuing citation s during this campaign and citations for failure to wear your seat belt in Flagler County are $116 . It only takes two (2) seconds to “click” your seat/safety belt, so invest that time wisely in your future safety!

Florida State Statute 316.614 specifically addresses seat belt usage and the following information is being provided /disseminated in advance of the event to educate the public on seat/safety belt usage. It is unlawful for any person:

  • To operate a motor vehicle in this State unless each passenger and the Operator of the vehicle under the age of eighteen ( 18 ) years are restrained by a safety belt or by a child restraint device pursuant to Florida State Statute 316.613 , if applicable; or
  • To operate a motor vehicle in this State unless the person is restrained by a safety belt.
  • It is unlawful for any person eighteen ( 18 ) years of age or older to be a passenger in the front seat of a motor vehicle unless such person is restrained by a safety belt when the vehicle is in motion.

The ”Click it or Ticket” initiative is designed to increase public safety awareness about the us age of seat/safety belt usage and our goal with participating in this campaign is two (2) fold; to gain compliance with State law, and to save lives. If you have any questions about the aforementioned information, please feel free to contact Captain Doughney or any member of the Flagler Beach Police Department for assistance.

Click it or ticket

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PSA – Move Over Law http://www.fbpd.org/2015/02/psa-move-over-law/ http://www.fbpd.org/2015/02/psa-move-over-law/#comments Mon, 09 Feb 2015 23:07:49 +0000 http://www.fbpd.org/?p=629 The Flagler Beach Police Department is providing this information in an effort to educate our citizens and visitors on Florida State Statute 316.126; better known as the Move Over Law. increasing awareness and compliance with this Statute will assist with our goal to make the City of Flagler Beach a safer place to live, work and visit.

o On a two (2) lane roadway (such as SRA1A), youre required to slow to a speed that is 20 miles per hour less than the posted speed limit.

o If the speed limit is 20 miles per hour or less, you must slow down to five (5) miles per hour.

o If you are driving on an interstate or roadway with multiple lanes of travel in the same direction (such as SR100), and you approach an Emergency or Law Enforcement vehicle parked along the roadway, you must vacate the lane closest to that vehicle as soon as it is safe to do so. If youre not able to move over safely, you must slow down to a speed of 20 MPH below the posted speed limit; unless directed otherwise by a Law Enforcement Officer.

o Violating the “Move Over Lawputs lives in jeopardy. These lives include Law Enforcement Officers, Sanitation and Utility workers, other motorists, pedestrians and even your own life. Effective July 1, 2014, the Statute was changed to include sanitation vehicles and utility service vehicles.

o Violating the “Move Over Lawin Flagler County can result in a $136.00 fine and three (3) points on your Driver’s License.

Florida State Statue 316.126 in its entirety can be located via computer at; http://www.leg.state.fl.us/Statutes/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Statute&URL=0300-0399/0316/Sections/0316.126.html If you have any questions about the information in this announcement, please feel free to contact Captain Doughney or any member of the Flagler Beach Police Department.

 

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Vehicle Burglary Prevention Tips http://www.fbpd.org/2015/01/vehicle-burglary-prevention-tips/ http://www.fbpd.org/2015/01/vehicle-burglary-prevention-tips/#comments Thu, 08 Jan 2015 19:47:37 +0000 http://www.fbpd.org/?p=624 The New Year is upon us and as we move into 2 015 there remains a criminal element within our society that’s always looking to commit “crimes of opportunity”. One of if not the most popular “crime of opportunity” is the burglary to an unlocked vehicle. The unlawful entering into unlocked vehicles can (and do) occur in places where there is a large concentration of vehicles, such as shopping plaza’s, churches and restaurants and can also occur to a single vehicle parked in the driveway of a residential street.
Here are some proactive tips which will hopefully keep you from becoming a victim.

  • Do not leave anything of value in plain sight within your vehicle. Hide valuables in the truck or under the seats.
  • Always lock your car doors! If your vehicle is unlocked while parked in your driveway, unlocked at the mall or unlocked at a convenience store, it’s vulnerable. Leaving your vehicle unlocked makes it convenient for the burglar!
  • Park in well lighted areas.
  • When shopping, always make sure to place purchases in the trunk and out of sight before going to the next shopping area to park.
  • Try to maintain a “clutter free” vehicle.
  • Remove GPS systems from view when leaving vehicle.

These tips are provided in an effort to prevent crime and assist us in making Flagler Beach a safer place to live, work and visit. Please remember to “Hide it,Lock it or be prepared to lose it”.

If you have any questions about the aforementioned information, please feel free to contact Captain Doughney or any member of the Flagler Beach Police Department for assistance.

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New Year’s Eve Safety Tips http://www.fbpd.org/2014/12/new-years-eve-safety-tips/ http://www.fbpd.org/2014/12/new-years-eve-safety-tips/#comments Fri, 26 Dec 2014 19:37:28 +0000 http://www.fbpd.org/?p=618 New Year’s Eve Safety Tips 2015

This year’s winter holiday season is nearly over and the Flagler Beach Police Department is looking forward to our community enjoying a safe and enjoyable New Year’s Eve. Please take note of the following safety tips, celebrate responsibly and we look forward to protecting and serving our community in 2015.

If you are hosting a New Year’s Eve party, following a few simple rules could prevent a tragedy:

  • Plan ahead by naming a “designated driver.” Make this your responsibility as the host.
  • Contact a local cab company to provide rides for your guests.
  • Serve non-alcoholic beverages as an option to your guests.
  • Stop serving alcohol to your guests several hours before the party ends.
  • Provide your guests with a place to stay overnight in your home.

If you are attending New Year’s Eve parties and celebrations:

  • If you drink, don’t drive.
  • Plan ahead and always designate a sober driver before the party or celebration begins.
  • If you are impaired, call a taxi, get a sober friend or family member to come pick you up, or stay where you are until you are sober.
  • Take the keys from someone if you think he/she is too impaired to drive.
  • While it’s fun to share where you are on social media sites, beware of doing so, as you are publicly alerting others that you are not at home.
  • Do not leave drinks unattended. Finish it before you hit the restroom or dance floor.
  • If you’re attending a large party where there are crowds, travel with a group or in pairs.
  • Make sure everyone has a “buddy” who can confirm they got home safely at the end of the night.
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