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Rincon PD offering holiday house checks
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Rincon Police Chief Mike Bohannon, reminded city council members Monday night that the department offers citizens the opportunity for periodic house checks while on vacation.

He said this is something they do year round, not just during the holidays.

“We have been doing house checks,” the chief said. “We just didn’t know if the public knew.”

If a Rincon resident goes on vacation, the police will check that residence at different times of the day.

The police department took its program online, Chief Bohannon said, putting it on the city’s Web site. On the city’s Web site, www., interested citizens can click on the “your city government” banner on the left side of the home page. From there, they can click on the police department link and scroll down to the security check request.

“It pretty much tells you what you can do,” he said. “You can fill that out, print it off your printer, come up here (to the police department) and drop it off, and we’ll do your house checks for you. We ask that you let us know when you come back, preferably in person. That way, we know who you are.”

Bohannon added the process is safe and secure since no personal information is sent over the Internet.

The city, under the direction of City Manager Michael Phillips, also has instituted an e-mail newsletter highlighting such features.
Bohannon also told council members the department has three cruisers on patrol.

“We have two early in the mornings, and then we have one come in around noon,” he said. “That varies with the volume of calls and he or she will work a 12-hour shift.”

The chief also explained that calls for service begin to pour in from 4-9 pm.

“That’s when everybody’s coming back,” he said. “And on weekends, that varies. We’re trying to assign resources to the best times.”

Chief Bohannon also said that people should watch their speeds, especially in residential zones.

“(The) super speeder law takes effect Jan. 1, and it’s going to be a high dollar ticket if you’re cited under that new law,” he said. “We ask you to watch your speed and with the holiday season, don’t drink if you drive and don’t drive if you drink — get a designated driver.”

The Rincon Police also will be doing road checks as part of its effort to counteract drivers under the influence.