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Ask an Officer: Should I Tell Police When I Go Away?

Officer Wayne Twombly answers questions from readers

Have a question you've always wanted to ask someone in law enforcement? Officer Wayne Twombly of the Fair Oaks Police District, which encompasses Oakton, will answer your question through our Ask an Officer feature. Readers submit questions and Officer Twombly responds. Send questions to Nicole.Trifone@patch.com or submit them in the comments section below.

Here are this week's questions:

If I am going away for an extended time, say on vacation, even though I have an alarm, should I notify the police of my expected absence and return?

Yes, even though you have an alarm, and I do encourage you to use it, you can still notify the local substation and advise them when you will be out of town. When officers have the time, they can drive by in the neighborhood. It's just hard with the amount of citizens we have to serve to check each person's home. You can also ask a trusted neighbor to check your home, pick up any newspapers and be observant of any suspicious individuals or vehicles in the area. And if so, call the police.

Is it illegal to throw a cigarette butt out a car window?

Yes, it is considered littering to throw a cigarette butt out of your vehicle window.

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Carol Schenkel August 17, 2012 at 11:12 AM
Is it illegal to throw a banana peel out the window? I heard it is biodegradable - and therefore OK to do so.
Emilio Jaksetic August 17, 2012 at 12:40 PM
And, don't use Facebook or other social media to announce in advance when you're going to be away from your residence. See various stories at http://www1.whdh.com/news/articles/local/north/12002184784318/burglars-use-facebook-in-nh-robberies/ http://thesouthern.com/news/local/article_e0336e78-59ba-11e0-acb0-001cc4c002e0.html http://www.staradvertiser.com/news/breaking/144095876.html?id=144095876
Nicole Trifone August 17, 2012 at 06:28 PM
Hi Carol, thanks for your question. I sent it to Officer Twombly, who said throwing banana peels out the window is also considered littering.
tina thurow September 22, 2012 at 02:48 AM
i have a question i put up a private parking sign on my lot and my neighbors took it down isnt that illegally to do
tina thurow September 22, 2012 at 02:52 AM
another question is i own my trailer but not the lot just renting that the neighbors put up a garage on my lot and its next my bathroom invading my privacy. i talk the landlord about he didnt do anything about it. can i get a lawer if its bothering me that much.

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