|To Contact PFC Patrick Wiley, Public Information Officer |
PH: 302-539-3996 (Ext. 225)
Non-Emergency (State Police): 302-855-2980
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.
THE POLICE DEPARTMENT'S OPERATING BUDGET DOES NOT ALLOW US TO
DONATE POLICE UNIFORM PATCHES.
Parking problems most frequently incurred by motorists:
Parking without a valid permit.
Permit improperly displayed. Stickers must be displayed on the back of the rear view mirror. Hanging permits must be hung from the rear view mirror.
Remember to keep your vehicle locked to prevent the theft of your permit.
Parking on the roadway or against the flow of traffic.
Parking in “No Parking Areas”, “Lifeguard Parking”, “Handicap Parking”, or blocking driveways.
Motorists are reminded to park on the right side of the road
off of the roadway as far as possible.
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.
The South Bethany Police Department is located at 402 Evergreen Road directly behind the Town Hall. Our contact numbers are listed below:
the non-emergency state police dispatch 302-855-2980
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.) or at the Police Department Saturday and Sunday 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
AVOIDING CONTRACTOR FRAUD
SIX TIPS TO AVOID 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.
PFC Patrick Wiley Public Information Officer
South Bethany Police 302-539-3996
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).