VSP, Derby: RECENT COMPLAINTS, TOWN OF BARTON

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Derby Barracks/Recent complaints, Town of Barton

VSP News Release-Incident

STATE OF VERMONT

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

VERMONT STATE POLICE

NEWS RELEASE

STATION: Derby Barracks

CONTACT#: (802) 334-8881

DATE/TIME: Approximate month of August

INCIDENT LOCATION: Barton Village

 

SUMMARY OF INCIDENT:

Over the past approximate month and with particularly increased frequency the last two weeks, the VSP Derby Barracks has received numerous complaints from residents and business owners in the area of Barton Village.

 

*There has been an increase in reports of thefts from unsecured vehicles of items such as cash, wallets, cigarettes and other small items*

Residents are reminded to lock their vehicles at all times, and to bring valuables and sensitive items inside.

 

*There has been an increase in reports of shoplifting and panhandling at local businesses*

Retail theft is a violation of state law and should be reported to law enforcement along with descriptions of the offenders, itemized accounts of the stolen property, and a copy of camera footage if possible.  Preferred items in these cases seem to be alcoholic beverages.

 

Panhandling, or simple solicitation of money, is NOT a violation of state law.

 

Any person having lawful possession of a property may give notice of trespass for said property and premises, against any person at any time.  This notice may be given verbally, however a written order of no trespass may be served upon the person as well.

 

Aggressive behavior in public which includes threatening, tumultuous or obscene behavior, or obstruction of vehicle or pedestrian traffic, may rise to the level of disorderly conduct, a violation of state law.

 

*There have also been reports of individuals “Squatting”, both in unoccupied structures and upon public lands*

It is a violation of state law to enter or remain within a building in violation of an order of no trespass or posted no trespassing signs, and complaints of trespassing into a building should be reported to law enforcement by the person having ownership or control of the building.  It is also a violation of state law to pass through private lands in violation of posted no trespassing signs.

 

Criminal citations have been issued where appropriate for several criminal violations in response to these complaints, and State Police will continue to investigate reports of criminal activity.  Residents, and business owners and visitors are, however, encouraged to voice complaints regarding quality of life, town ordinance issues, or issues regarding town property to their town selectboard.

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