Someone Is Trying to Swipe Your Bicycle! How to by obg40406


									                                                                                                                                                                    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                                                                                                                                                                 (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.
     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
       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
 ○ 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.),
                                                       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                                            You can also register online at
                                                 hospital. Of the 5,162 individuals who                                                            (Tue.) E-mail: 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
                                                 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
                                                 ▽	 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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