Safety Tips

Keeping you Informed

In keeping you informed, our department received a report of a possible assault behind a business, located near a biking trail in the 7600 block of Mid Cities Blvd.  However, at this time we do not have evidence to validate an assault occurred. As such, we do not believe there to be any threat to the community at this time as the department continues to fully investigate the matter.

As always, remain conscious of your surroundings and be sure to call 9-1-1 if you see any suspicious activity. Remember, if you see something, say something.

 

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Facebook Live Beat Meetings

In an effort to offer our community an opportunity to meet in a relaxed, informal environment with their beat officer, we invite our community members to join us for our FIRST ever online Facebook Live Beat Meetings! What better way to interact than from the comfort of your home!

The goal of the beat meetings is to address any concerns that those in a specific beat may have, answer any police related questions, and help educate the public about general safety and Crime Prevention. For two weeks prior to the events, we invite residents to send questions to us: nrhpdsocial@nrhtx.com, please remember to include your target beat with your question! 

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We heard your feedback about the inability to find your beat, so our GIS Map personnel did an outstanding job creating a larger than life “book” for you to locate which beat you reside in. Please feel free to send us an email if you’re still unsure: nrhpdsocial@nrhtx.com.

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Helmet Safety

Wearing a helmet can not only save your head, but it can save your life!

 

Spring is upon us, which means great cycling weather. We all know that our city has a great trail system, dedicated to getting families out together. We want to remind you of the importance of bicycle safety (as well as motorcycle safety!).

In 2015, 818 cyclists and 4,693 motorcyclists were killed in traffic related accidents. Annually, over 26,000 of bicycle related injuries treated in Emergency Departments to children and adolescents were related to traumatic brain injuries (TBI’s).  These numbers continue to climb, as more and more people do not practice helmet safety.

With the help of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)  and the National Highway Safety Traffic Administration (NHSTA), we compiled some tips to keep cyclists safe:

Cyclist Safety:

Follow the rules of the road – obey traffic laws:

  • Wear a Properly Fitted Bicycle Helmet
  • Adjust Your Bicycle to Fit
  • Check Your Equipment – check tire inflation, gears, chains etc.
  • Ride on the right side of the road-with the traffic flow, not against it
  • Obey traffic signs and signals just as if you were driving a car
  • Use correct hand signalshandsignals
  • Stop at all signs and red lights; and
  • Stop and look both ways before entering a street
  • If riding at dawn, at dusk, or at night, wear reflective clothing & make sure that the bike has a front headlight and a rear red reflector or flashing red light

Motorcyclist Safety:

Follow the rules of the road:

  • Wear a Helmet
  • Wear Safety Gear – not only is it important to protect your head, but protect feet and hands too
  • Leave enough space for stopping
  • Make sure you are properly licensed
  • Share the road
  •  Do not ride impaired

If you have any questions, tips, or just want to chat – reach out! We’ll be here! 

Resources/References:
https://www.cdc.gov/healthcommunication/toolstemplates/entertainmented/tips/headinjuries.html
http://www.bhsi.org/stats.htm 
http://www.iihs.org/iihs/topics/t/motorcycles/fatalityfacts/motorcycles
https://one.nhtsa.gov/people/injury/pedbimot/bike/KidsandBikeSafetyWeb/index.htm
https://www.nhtsa.gov/road-safety/motorcycles
http://bicycles.stackexchange.com/questions/4740/what-hand-signals-are-there-for-communicating-with-others-when-cycling-in-a-grou

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Child Safety Seat Info

We’ve seen a lot of discussion on child safety seat laws and we wanted to share some clarification regarding what the law states, as well as some suggestions regarding the use of child safety seats. The ultimate goal is safety for kids in the car! 

 
Texas Transportation Code 545.412(a) reads: A person commits an offense if the person operates a passenger vehicle, transports a child who is younger than eight years of age, unless the child is taller than four feet, nine inches, and does not keep the child secured during the operation of the vehicle in a child passenger safety seat system according to the instructions of the manufacturer of the safety seat system.
 
Therefore if your child is over the age of 8, or over 4’9″ inches, they are NOT required by law, to be in a child safety seat.
 

However, there are some suggestions that have come out from SaferCar.gov that have made some recommendations to keep kiddos safe. 

  • Select a car seat based on your child’s age and size, choose a seat that fits in your vehicle, and use it every time.
  • Always refer to your specific car seat manufacturer’s instructions (check height and weight limits) and read the vehicle owner’s manual on how to install the car seat using the seat belt or lower anchors and a tether, if available.
  • To maximize safety, keep your child in the car seat for as long as possible, as long as the child fits within the manufacturer’s height and weight requirements.
  • Keep your child in the back seat at least through age 12.

Rear-Facing Car Seat

Birth – 12 Months

Your child under age 1 should always ride in a rear-facing car seat. There are different types of rear-facing car seats:

  • Infant-only seats can only be used rear-facing.
  • Convertible and All-in-one car seats typically have higher height and weight limits for the rear-facing position, allowing you to keep your child rear-facing for a longer period of time.

1 – 3 Years

Keep your child rear-facing as long as possible. It’s the best way to keep him or her safe. Your child should remain in a rear-facing car seat until he or she reaches the top height or weight limit allowed by your car seat’s manufacturer. Once your child outgrows the rear-facing car seat, your child is ready to travel in a forward-facing car seat with a harness and tether.

Forward-Facing Car Seat

1 – 3 Years

Keep your child rear-facing as long as possible. It’s the best way to keep him or her safe. Your child should remain in a rear-facing car seat until he or she reaches the top height or weight limit allowed by your car seat’s manufacturer. Once your child outgrows the rear-facing car seat, your child is ready to travel in a forward-facing car seat with a harness and tether.

4 – 7 Years

Keep your child in a forward-facing car seat with a harness and tether until he or she reaches the top height or weight limit allowed by your car seat’s manufacturer. Once your child outgrows the forward-facing car seat with a harness, it’s time to travel in a booster seat, but still in the back seat.

Booster Seat

4 – 7 Years

Keep your child in a forward-facing car seat with a harness and tether until he or she reaches the top height or weight limit allowed by your car seat’s manufacturer. Once your child outgrows the forward-facing car seat with a harness, it’s time to travel in a booster seat, but still in the back seat.

8 – 12 Years

Keep your child in a booster seat until he or she is big enough to fit in a seat belt properly. For a seat belt to fit properly the lap belt must lie snugly across the upper thighs, not the stomach. The shoulder belt should lie snugly across the shoulder and chest and not cross the neck or face. Remember: your child should still ride in the back seat because it’s safer there.

Seat Belt

8 – 12 Years

Keep your child in a booster seat until he or she is big enough to fit in a seat belt properly. For a seat belt to fit properly the lap belt must lie snugly across the upper thighs, not the stomach. The shoulder belt should lie snugly across the shoulder and chest and not cross the neck or face. Remember: your child should still ride in the back seat because it’s safer there.

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(Information provided by: Safer Car )

 

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NRH C.A.R.E.S.

Caregiver Assigned Registry for Elderly & Special Needs

 

Our Community Services Division is constantly thinking outside of the box with great ways to meet the needs of our citizens. With that being said, we are excited to launch our latest program – NRH C.A.R.E.S.

NRH C.A.R.E.S. is a program dedicated to aiding families with members who suffer from dementia, Alzheimer’s disease or other cognitive abilities through this free I.D. program to help in the event that the person wanders from home.

The NRH C.A.R.E.S. Program allows family members of elderly or people with special needs to register their loved one with the North Richland Hills Police Department giving a detailed physical description, photograph and basic medical history. A free alert bracelet containing a serial number inscription is provided for your loved one to wear. Should they go missing, the bracelet can assist the police in his or her safe return home.

Online registration is available or for more information please visit the NRH C.A.R.E.S website. You may also contact Officer McEachran at 817.427.7024

 

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Buy/Sell/Trade Tips

With the holiday season quickly approaching, we wanted to touch base on some safety tips to keep you and yours safe in the event you conduct any e-commerce shopping. (This includes: Buy/Sell/Trade sites through social media, Craigslist, and the like) We have put together a list of tips/tricks to help these transactions go smoothly.

Online Buying/Selling Tips:

 

  1. Deal with local buyers and sellers.
  2. Don’t give out personal of financial information.
  3. Be leery of money orders, cashier checks, etc. – these are very easy to forge.
  4. Meet during daylight hours and bring a buddy if possible.
  5. Meet at a designated “Exchange Zone” or at your local Police Department.
  6. Keep your cell phone with you.
  7. Don’t hand over the item until you have cash in hand. Check large bills with a counterfeit detector pen.
  8. If the item being sold has a significant value – meet inside a bank where you can deposit money before leaving – you’re less likely to be robbed.
  9. If something feels strange, stop the transaction – go with your gut!

 

 

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