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Police Chief's Monthly Message for June 2016
With the warm weather approaching, outdoor activity increases and the risk for motor vehicle crashes and crimes increase. The annual F.B.I report of national crime regularly correlates an increase of crime during the warmer summer months. In addition, we often experience an increase in outdoor accidents and non-weather related motor vehicle crashes during this same time period when individuals are most active.

Concerning crime, our officers responded to a report of an outdoor violent street assault which occurred near the intersection of Main Street and Deport Street. Initial reports indicated that one subject was in need of immediate medical care due to loss of blood Etc. Officers quickly arrived at the scene to triage the victim and investigate the assault. Fortunately, these types of events are rare, but they are most likely to occur during the warmer months.

In relation to outdoor accidents, we must remember to implement proper safety precautions when working outdoors. A recent outdoor accident in a contiguous community resulted in the hospitalization of an individual who had fallen from a ladder. Moreover, warm weather often finds us at the pool or lake. Please continue to remember to secure pool gates in order to prevent young un-supervised children from entering the water. In addition, please consider flotation devices when boating.

In addition, during the warm months, our officers have responded to preventable non-weather motor vehicles crashes within town. Some of these crashes have been related to distracted driving, and some of these crashes have been related to speed.  Please continue to use caution when driving and remain alert. Distracted driving still remains a concern throughout the year.

Although the warm months can be a time of increased outdoor activity, we must continue to remain alert to crime and take the necessary precautions to avoid motor vehicle crashes and outdoor accidents.

In closing, we wish everyone a safe and happy summer season.  Let us achieve the safest summer season.


James G. Downes III
Chief of Police

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Business: 978 649 7445


Town of Dunstable, 511 Main Street, Dunstable MA 01827 (978) 649-4514
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