In this week's Clearwater police advisory, the following was reported:
Police write 234 ‘back to school’ tickets – City police reported that a four-day traffic detail, coordinated by the traffic enforcement and community liaison teams, near school zones last week resulted in the issuing of 234 tickets. Police advise motorists must slow down and obey all traffic laws when driving near school zones. The tickets included: 20 for passing a stopped school bus; 93 for failing to obey a traffic control device; 13 speeding; 7 speeding in a school zone; 16 other moving violations; 43 non-moving violations; 3 criminal citations; 37 warnings; 1 driving while license suspended/revoked; and 1 felony fleeing and eluding police.
Fraud prevention hotline established – Committed to preventing crime in the city,police have established an informational fraud hotline for the community. The number is 727-562-4424. The objective of the service is to educate the public in ways to avoid becoming a victim of crime. Examples of when to call this hotline include:
- Unsolicited sales: If someone knocks on your door wanting to do odd jobs like tree work or any other unwanted sales inquiries, call the hotline.
- Phishing scams: If you receive a phone call or email saying you have won a large sum of money in a lottery, or a family member needs money, it is typically a phishing scam or hoax designed to steal your identity for money. Do not provide the caller personal identification information. Instead, hang up and call the police.
The hotline is manned from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays. The fraud hotline is informational only and should not be called if you have been victimized. In an emergency, always call 9-1-1.