SOUTH BETHANY POLICE DEPARTMENT
To contact Cpl. Patrick Wiley, Public Information Officer
PH: 302-539-3996 (Ext. 214)
Non-Emergency (State Police): 302-855-2980
THE POLICE DEPARTMENT'S OPERATING BUDGET DOES NOT ALLOW US TO DONATE POLICE UNIFORM PATCHES
The officers of South Bethany Police remain dedicated to the community and its residents. Our officers are well versed in community service with most offering over twenty years of experience. Educationally, three of our officers hold an Associate's degree and two hold Bachelor of Science degrees. The department strives to stay current with community policing trends through yearly in-service training. Active involvement with the town's Neighborhood Watch program not only heightens interaction between homeowners, visitors, and the police, but also adds to the cohesiveness of the community. In addition, our officers have a personal vested interest in making our town safe and secure for its residents, since most live in the town's surrounding areas.
Parking Problems Most Frequently Incurred by Motorists
Parking without a valid permit.
Motorists are reminded to park on the right side of the road off of the roadway as far as possible.
Bicycle Safety in South Bethany - Know the Law Before You Ride
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.
Reporting Accidents and No Wake Zone Violations
Complaints regarding boat accidents should be directed to the Delaware Department of Fish and Wildlife (DNREC) at 302-739-4580.
Complaints regarding watercraft violations of no wake zones: 302-739-9913 OR 1-800-523-3336 (24 hour/7 day a week dispatch call line)
Prior to reporting wake violations, please try to ascertain the offending vehicle’s description, a physical description of the driver, and the registration number of the vehicle. A no wake zone violation is a finable offense which may result in fines from $25.00 - $100.00, but the typical penalty amount including court costs is $82.00.
Please drive slowly and carefully through town. Please remember to watch your speed on side streets. The posted speed limit is 20 mph. Also remember that Delaware law requires that all vehicles make a complete stop at stop signs. This is especially important during the summer months because streets not only see an increase in vehicular traffic but also an significant increase in pedestrian traffic. Cars share the road with families walking to the beach, joggers out for a run, and children out on a bike ride.
Please be aware that pedal cyclists must also obey all traffic laws and can be cited for violations. Helmets are required under the age of 18, but are recommended for everyone. Additional information can be obtained from the police department M-F 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
911 should be utilized for emergencies only.
Please continue to report any suspicious activity.
Parking permits will be in effect May 15 to Sept. 15. Parking permits can be obtained from the Town Hall Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (closed daily noon to 1 p.m.). Parking Permits can be obtained from the Police Department Saturday, Sunday, and Holidays 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. beginning May 17.
Delaware "Move Over" Law
The Delaware “Move Over” law (Title 21, Section 4134b1 of the Delaware Traffic Code) requires any driver approaching a stopped emergency vehicle that has its lights activated, to either move over into a lane that is not next to the emergency vehicle, or to reduce his or her speed to a “safe speed” while passing the emergency vehicle if changing lanes would be impossible or unsafe. The law applies specifically to roadways having two or more lanes going in the same direction.
“Anyone who works alongside our highways is particularly vulnerable to being hurt by inattentive and careless drivers,” said Tricia Roberts, Director of the Office of Highway Safety. “Sadly, dozens of law enforcement officers alone in Delaware have been injured and even killed by passing motorists while working outside of their vehicles.”
“Emergency workers on our highways, whether they are law enforcement officers, firefighters, or EMS personnel, depend upon all motorists to be attentive to their presence. This law is intended to enhance the safety of emergency workers in the performance of their duties on our roadways,”
The “Move Over” Law applies to law enforcement vehicles, EMS vehicles, ambulances, fire trucks, fire police and park rangers that have stopped on a roadway and have their lights activated. A law already on the books in Delaware requires motorists to yield the right of way to “moving” emergency vehicles that are using either their lights or sirens, or both.
Provided at no cost to citizens, Smart 911 allows families to opt-in and choose what information they would like to share with 911 and first responders in an emergency. Items such as photos and physical descriptions can speed the response for missing person cases. Health and rescue information such as medical conditions, disabilities, and allergies. Citizens are even able to provide information about their home and work addresses including locations of bedrooms for rescues, entry and exit points, or emergency shut-offs for gas and electric. They can even share pet information to let first responders know that there are animals or livestock on the property.
Home Security and Crime Prevention Tips
On 11/19/2014, a resident who owns a summer home on Canal Drive reported that her house had been broken into and burglarized. Several items of expensive jewelry and rare coins were stolen from the residence. The next day, the investigating officer tracked the stolen property to a local pawn shop and was able to ascertain the identity of the suspect. The suspect has been apprehended and is now incarcerated at the Sussex County Correctional Institution. In light of this unfortunate event, the South Bethany Police Department would like to emphasize the importance of implementing the following home security measures:
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, don’t 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.
Don’t leave notes on the door when going out. Leave lights on or use timers when you’re away for an extended period.
When you are away, cancel all deliveries and arrange for your yard to be mowed.
Arrange for your mail to be held by the Post office or ask a neighbor to collect it for you.
Place house numbers where they can be easily seen by police and other emergency response personnel, especially at night. Consider using numbers made out of reflective material.
Consider installing a home security system.
Trim surrounding vegetation such as shrubs and trees so that they do not provide concealment for would be thieves.
DON'T hesitate to report crime or suspicious activity.
Six Tips to Avoid Contractor Fraud
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 is too good to be true, be very careful. "Traveling contractors" commonly offer Home Improvement deals including driveway sealing, roof coating, and exterior painting. They will request a large cash payment up front and never return to complete the work. In most cases the work is of poor quality if they return at all.
Most reputable contractors do not solicit door-to-door. However, in Delaware, when you enter into a contract with a door-to-door solicitor, the law requires that you be given 72 hours to cancel a contract that involves $25 or more.
If a contractor starts a project but does not return to complete it, you should immediately alert the Consumer Protection Unit of the Attorney General's office. An investigator will help you determine the appropriate course of action for your situation.
Be sure to contact the police if you see any suspicious door-to-door solicitors. It is important to contact the police if you feel that you are a victim of fraud.
Consumer Protection Unit 1-800-220-5424
The police are not dispatched during medical calls. When 911 is activated, the dispatcher transfers the calls for service to the appropriate agency. The police are sent only upon request of the caller or for serious medical emergencies (CPR and AED responses).