No. 149 September 1, 2009 Population and No. of Households in Urayasu Population: 163,419 Male: 81,848 Published by the City of Urayasu Female: 81,571 1-1-1 Nekozane, Urayasu-shi, Households: 72,422 Chiba 279-8501 047-351-1111 Foreign Residents: 3,635 http://www.city.urayasu.chiba.jp/ (As of July 31, 2009) Someone Is Trying to Swipe Your Bicycle! How to Prevent Bicycle Theft Have you ever heard of the “broken windows” theory? This theory, which can be Criminal: Bicycles parked on the found in the field of environmental criminology, suggests that if a broken window of street are easy targets. Places where Bicycles Have Been Stolen a building is left unrepaired, it shows that no one is paying attention to that building. Solution: Eventually, the building might collapse, and the entire neighborhood could fall into ruin. ○ Do not park your bike on the Other street. On the premises of 6% The theory posits that a single element of disorder, if left unaddressed, can reduce an general residences Many bicycles parked on the 6% entire community’s ability to maintain order; thus, crime, including serious crime, can be street near Shin-Urayasu Station, On the street or prevented by taking firm steps to prevent minor crime. Maihama Station, and Urayasu At bicycle parking lots of stores, etc. sidewalk In recent years, there have been a large number of bicycle thefts in the city. Station are stolen while their 10% 32% Compared with murder or robbery, bicycle theft is not a serious crime. However, if this owners are at work or school relatively benign crime of stealing bicycles increases, the entire community’s ability to or going shopping. Rather than At public bicycle retain order weakens and could lead to the incidence of more serious crimes. parking lots parking on the street, take advan- 18% We all need to strive to eradicate bicycle theft by making a commitment to prevent tage of designated bicycle park- At bicycle parking ing areas. lots of housing our bikes from being stolen, thereby contributing to the safety and security of Urayasu. complexes Inquiries: Crime Prevention Section This year, the number of bicycles 28% stolen from homes in the Fujimi/ Bicycle Theft in the City Horie and Hinode/Takasu neigh- borhoods has increased. Be sure Source: Urayasu Police Station. (Because these are based As many as 1,000 bicycles are stolen each year! to keep your bike locked up, even on a quick estimate, figures may differ slightly from those reported by police headquarters.) The number of known cases of bicycle theft (i.e., those known by the police) temporarily at home. fell during the February–April period of this year, but it has been increasing since May. As of the end of July, there have been 509 bicycle thefts, up 42 from last year. Criminal: I wanted a new bike, so I stole one. Solution: Bicycle Theft in the City—Monthly and Cumulative Total (2008–09) ○ Register your bicycle. Monthly Total Cumulative Total When you buy a new bicycle, be sure to register it with the authorities. Bicycle registra- (cases) (cases) tion is now mandatory and is intended to prevent theft and help police return abandoned 120 600 or stolen bicycles to their owners. You can register your bicycle at your local bicycle shop. 100 500 80 400 Theft Should Not Be Taken Lightly 60 300 Bicycle theft, as the term suggests, is the crime of stealing a bicycle. Stealing some- one’s bicycle is an act of theft, as defined in Article 235 of the Penal Code, and can 40 200 come with a prison sentence of up to 10 years. Even a bicycle that has been abandoned for several days belongs to someone and 20 100 should not be taken by anyone other than the owner. 0 0 Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May Jun. Jul. Monthly total (2008) Cumulative total (2008) Starting in mid-September, Bicycle Theft Prevention Instructors will be posted at stations throughout the city to provide instructions on how to prevent bicycle theft. Monthly total (2009) Cumulative total (2009) They will hand out pamphlets on the street, encourage riders to double lock their Source: Urayasu Police Station. (Because these are based on a quick estimate, figures bikes, and engage in other PR activities. Your understanding and cooperation are may differ slightly from those reported by police headquarters.) appreciated. Urayasu Has the Worst Bicycle Theft Record in Chiba Prefecture The number of known cases of crime in the city fell for four consecutive years, from Mobile Crime Prevention Activities 5,339 cases in 2004 to 2,774 cases in 2008. The number of bicycle thefts has fluctuated but is generally trending downward. However, the ratio of bicycle thefts to all cases of crime has been going up. The number of known cases of bicycle theft was 908, accounting for more than 30% of all crime reported Date and location: See table below in 2008. The rate of bicycle theft per 10,000 people is extremely high compared with those Note: Activities will be cancelled in of other parts of the prefecture. For two consecutive years—2007 and 2008—Urayasu held the event of bad weather. the dubious distinction of having the worst rate of bicycle theft in Chiba Prefecture. Program: Advice on how to prevent crime at home, etc., and classes on Crime Prevention Measures: Understand the Mind of a Criminal how to prevent kidnapping and purse Criminal: I stole it because it was unlocked. snatching. Solution: Inquiries: Crime Prevention Section ○ Be sure to lock up your bicycle. Many bikes are stolen because their owners forgot to lock them up. Be sure to lock up your bicycle every time you leave it unattended, even for a short time! Criminal: I will stop stealing bicycles if it takes too much time. Mobile Crime Prevention Activity Schedule Solution: Date Location ○ Use a lock that is difficult to break. Sep. 10 (Thu.) Takasu Chuo Park Many bicycles that were stolen were secured with O-locks or simple locks that had Sep. 16 (Wed.) Hinode Ohisama Park simple “press key” locking mechanisms. ○ Use a lock that is more difficult for thieves to break, such as a durable cable lock. Sep. 24 (Thu.) Wakashio Park ○ Double lock your bike Oct. 1 (Thu.) Akemi-no-Oka Park Only a very small 2% of bicycles stolen were double locked. Thieves hate double-locked Oct. 7 (Wed.) Takasu Chuo Park bicycles because it is too much work to steal them. It might take a little more effort, but Oct. 21 (Wed.) Hinode Ohisama Park double locking your bike will ensure that you are doing everything you can to prevent it Oct. 29 (Thu.) Wakashio Park from being stolen. Events start at 2 p.m. on all days. No. 149 September 1, 2009 Fall National Traffic Safety October. If you have not received a Guide a.m. to 3 p.m. Program: Game corner, veterinary hospital in advance. Subsidy to Living in Urayasu by mid-October, please refreshment booths, and more What to Amount: ¥5,000 Surgery Period: Until Campaign let us know. Note: Information contained in Bring: Indoor shoes Note: Please refrain December 26 (Sat.) Application: Send a The fall National Traffic Safety Campaign the guide is in Japanese. from driving to the venue. Fees will be reply-paid registration postcard (available will be held September 21 (Mon.) to 30 Inquiries: Public Relations Section charged for items like game tickets and at the Environment Rangers Section [4F, (Wed.). During this period, efforts will be merchandise. No advance registration is Assembly Office]) to the Chiba Veterinary made to raise awareness of traffic safety in necessary. Come to the venue directly. Medical Association, 463-3 Miyako-cho, neighborhoods throughout the city. H ▽ alloween Arrangement Chuo-ku, Chiba-shi 260-0001. Applications ▽ Key Objectives of the Traffic Safety Date and Time: October 12 (Mon.), 10:30 must be postmarked between September Campaign a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Capacity: 20 people 20 (Sun.) and 26 (Sat.). Inquiries: Chiba ○ Prevent traffic accidents involving senior Program: Flower arrangement Fee: ¥3,000 Animal Protection, Tel: 043-214-7814 citizens (for materials) Application: Call Ura La Mer (Environment Rangers Section) ○ Ensure the use of seatbelts by all after 1 p.m. on September 3 (Thu.). passengers and the proper use of child Location (Both Events): Ura La Mer seats ○ Prevent traffic accidents when walking Inquiries: Ura La Mer, Tel: 316-5777 The Eighth Shin-Urayasu Youth Section or riding at dusk or nighttime Festival ○ Eradicate drunk driving Date and Time: September 12 (Sat.), 11 ▽ Traffic Safety Kickoff Ceremony and PR a.m. to 8 p.m., and September 21 (Sun.), Campaign The above is subject to change. 2009 Metropolis Walk 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Location: Shin-Urayasu The honorary chief of police of the day will Home Drill Station Plaza Program: Children’s festival, kick off the Traffic Safety Campaign. Come and participate in a hands-on drill food and beverage vendors, flea market, Date and Time: September 18 (Fri.), from Film Masterpiece: Horror developed to better meet the needs of stage performances, and more Inquiries: 4 p.m. Location: Shin-Urayasu Station Plaza Masterpieces people who might have problems returning Shin-Urayasu Festival Executive Committee (or Shoppers Plaza Shin-Urayasu in the Date and Program: September 12 (Sat.): home after a major disaster. (inside the Chamber of Commerce and event of rain) Elevator to the Gallows (directed by Louis Date and Time: September 26 (Sat.), 10 Industry), Tel: 351-3000 ▽ Gathering of Traffic Safety for Seniors Malle, France, 1957, 92 min.); September a.m. Note: Meet at 9 a.m. at Hibiya Park. (Commerce Industry and Tourism Section) There will be lectures on traffic safety as 13 (Sun.): The Man Who Knew Too Much The drill will take place rain or shine (but well as skits and video presentations for (directed by Alfred Hitchcock, U.S.A., 1956, will be canceled in the event of a heavy senior citizens. 89 min.) Note: All movies will start at 2 p.m. storm). Course: Chiba Course (about 17 Futsal Competition Date and Time: September 29 (Tue.), 10:30 Location: Chuo Library Capacity: 100, on km): Hibiya Park → Kasaibashi-dori Street Date and Time: September 22 (national a.m. Location: Welfare Center for the Aged a first come, first served basis → Todaijima, Urayasu City → Gyotoku holiday), from 9 a.m. Location: Spor ts Inquiries: Traffic Safety Section Inquiries: Chuo Library, Tel: 352-4646 Ekimae Park Note: On the day of the Court, Sports Park Eligibility: 12 teams of event, the Social Welfare Council and the two or more people aged 16 or older who Urayasu Disaster Volunteer Network will live, work, or attend school in Urayasu (a Now Recruiting Participants September 9 Is First Aid set up an aid station in front of Todaijima lottery will be held if more than 12 teams Kominkan (Public Hall). Application: for the Baby Derby (Sports Day Fax or e-mail your registration forms apply) Fee: ¥5,000 (plus an additional ¥200 per person for individuals who are Fair Event) September 6 (Sun.) to 12 (Sat.) is (distributed at the reception desk of City not registered members of the Futsal Date and Time: October 11 (Sun.), Emergency Medical Care Week, and Hall, your local kominkan [public hall], city Committee) Application: Send an e-mail from 10:10 a.m. Location: Spor ts Park September 9 is First Aid Day. administration offices near stations, and the (containing the name, address, and contact Gymnasium Eligibility: Children (up to 60 ▽ The Appropriate Use of Ambulances Disaster Prevention Section) to the office Ambulances are used to transport people information of the team representative) participants; a lottery will be held if more of the 2009 Metropolis Walk Home Drill, injured in car accidents or people with to Mr. Horai (Futsal Committee, Urayasu than 60 apply) who live in the city and fall Fax: 03-3380-1615, E-mail: 2009kitaku@ other serious injuries or illnesses to the Football Association) by September 15 into one of the following classes: Class A: 1 tosaibo.net. You can also register online at hospital. Of the 5,162 individuals who (Tue.) E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Inquiries: Mr. year to under 1.5 years; Class B: 1.5 years the Tokyo Volunteer Network for Disaster were transported in ambulances last year, Horai, Tel: 090-1605-6926, after 8 p.m. to under 2 years; Class C: 2 years to under Relief ’s Web site at www.tosaibo.net. more than half (2,984) had only minor (Sports Section) 2.5 years; Class D: 2.5 years to under 3 Inquiries: Office of the 2009 Metropolis years Note: Children’s ages are based as injuries. Calling an ambulance for a non- Walk Home Drill, Tel: 03-3380-1614 of October 11. Prizes and participation life-threatening emergency could prevent Disaster Prevention Section gifts will be awarded. Application: Send a the ambulance from transporting someone UFRA Charity Concert reply-paid postcard to the Sports Section, who is seriously injured in a timely manner. This classical concert will feature piano Urayasu City Hall, 279-8501, (indicate that Your cooperation in using ambulances and cello music by the Belrose Duo, who you are registering for the Baby Derby and appropriately is appreciated. are popular in both Japan and the United state which class you are entering your F ▽ irst Aid Fair States. Admission fees will be donated to child in; your child’s name [with furigana], At the fair, there will be instructions in suppor t African refugees (through the nickname, date of birth, and gender; your first aid, including how to use an AED, as Japan office of UNHCR). address and telephone number; and the well as a musical performance by the Fire Date and Time: September 23 (Wed.), names of two parents/guardians who Department Band. from 6 p.m. Location: Shimin Plaza will be present at the derby and their Date and Time: September 5 (Sat.), 10 Performers: Belrose Duo (Junko Ueno relationship to the child [parent, parent’s a.m. to 12 noon Location: 1F, Shoppers Garrett on piano and David Garrett on friend, etc.]) by September 9 (Wed.) (must Plaza Shin-Urayasu, Inquiries: Fire Defense cello) Capacity: 100 people (elementary be postmarked by this date). Be sure to Administration Section, Fire Department school aged and older) Fee: ¥2,000 Note: write down your address on the return Headquarters, Tel: 304-0144 Partial Subsidy for Spaying ¥1,000 for children not yet in elementary postcard. and Neutering Pets school. Application/Inquiries: Call the Inquiries: Sports Section To prevent the breeding of unwanted cats UFRA Office (inside the Local Network The Exhibition of Yemen and dogs, the Chiba Veterinary Medical Section). Date: Until September 30 (Wed.) Association and Chiba Animal Protection partially subsidize the cost of having pets Guide to Living in Urayasu Location: International Center (inside spayed or neutered as long as the surgery the Shin-Urayasu Il Mare) Exhibition of to Be Distributed to All photos and goods from Yemen Inquiries: is performed at a member hospital of the Residents International Center, Tel: 306-5181 Chiba Veterinary Medical Association. The Guide to Living in Urayasu, which (Local Network Section) Eligible Animals: Domestic cats and dogs includes information on the city’s history that have been registered and already and culture, recommended spots, city had their rabies vaccinations in 2009; one facilities and procedures, and a telephone animal per household Note: Older pets, directory of important phone numbers, will Ura La Mer Events ill pets, or pets that are younger than U ▽ ra La Mer Festival six months old may not be eligible for be distributed to all homes in the city. Date and Time: September 27 (Sun.), 11 They will be delivered in September and surgery if deemed unsuitable. Contact your ●Recyclable Waste Disposal Schedule for September Bottles/Cans/ Newspapers/ Collection Area PET plastic bottles Magazines Nekozane, Kitazakae, Todaijima Every Tue. Every Mon. Horie, Higashino, Fujimi, Maihama Every Wed. Every Sat. Kairaku, Mihama, Irifune, Hinode, Akemi Every Thu. Every Mon. Tomioka, Imagawa, Benten, Tekkodori, Takasu, Minato, Chidori Every Fri. Every Sat. * Please put out your garbage between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. It is against the rules to put it out earlier or later than this (ext. 1665) designated time as it could become a nuisance in your neighborhood. * Bulky items will be collected separately on request by phone. Call the Bulky Items Reception Center, 305-4000. For inquiries, contact the Garbage-Free Section.
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