As it ramps up enforcement at the top motor vehicle accident locations in town, the New Canaan Police Department also will start clocking motorists’ speeds more frequently than it has so far this year, officials said. So far in 2018, NCPD has seen a nearly 50 percent drop in its use of radar from last year, members of the Police Commission noted during the group’s most recent meeting. “Are we just enforcing less?” Commissioner Jim McLaughlin asked at the July 18 meeting, held at police headquarters. Police Chief Leon Krolikowski said that yes, officers “are just not setting up as much as they can, and not making as many stops as they are able to.”
“So that is part of the effort to refocus toward accident locations and giving people directions and the reason why we are doing this is that we want to reduce accidents, it’s not to stop people indiscriminately,” Krolikowski said. “That’s part of our refocus, so I am expecting to see those numbers go in the right direction as we continue to refocus the efforts.”
The increased speed enforcement comes as the department reported a drop in total motor vehicle violations cited, at the meeting, from 3,178 at this time last year to 2,237 in 2018. Continue Reading →
Members of the New Canaan Police Department announced in July via social media that they are kickstarting fundraising efforts to acquire a second K-9 dog. The town first established a K-9 unit in 1985 with a German Shepherd, Ex, but the program was disbanded in 1994 when Ex retired. With the help of donations from both residents and businesses, NCPD acquired the a K-9 in 2010, and has had Apollo for more than two years. Since then, there has been a push to expand the K-9 unit to include another dog. The department’s recent post on Instagram was another push for fundraising after a successful, recent round of direct mailings, according to Police Chief Leon Krolikowski. Continue Reading →
New Canaan Police officials say they may contact state authorities following a complaint from a resident regarding truck traffic on Route 123. According to Police Chief Leon Krolikowski, the department received a complaint that “truck traffic is increasing substantially in noise” and the resident also attributed the change to trucks “trying to avoid weigh stations on the interstate.”
“We have no evidence of that,” Krolikowski told members of the Police Commission at their July 18 meeting, held at Town Hall.
“We know 123 is a heavy truck route,” the chief said.
The department may contact state police to find out whether they have the ability to weigh trucks and ensure they’re in compliance “but we can’t get rid of the truck traffic or anything like that.”
“We can make sure the trucks are as safe as possible,” the chief said. Interstate 95 has a weigh station at Exit 2 in Greenwich and Interstate 84 has a weigh station in Danbury. When they’re open, all trucks and commercial vehicles must stop to be weighed. According to the Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles, those stations were open for 181 and 26 shifts, respectively, during the six-month period that ended June 30. Continue Reading →
Officials soon will post two signs in New Canaan warning motorists not to leave dogs in motor vehicles on hot days. An initiative of Police Chief Leon Krolikowski, the ‘Heat Kills’ signs are to be posted in two municipal lots as early as this week. Police each year get “several calls” about dogs in cars, Krolikowski said. “People are pretty diligent in town, but sometimes people leave animals in cars and they shouldn’t,” he said. “New Canaan fortunately has not had a tragedy in recent years but we’ve seen it happen and we want to remind people to not leave dogs in cars, especially when the weather is like it has been lately.”
One sign likely will be posted in Morse Court, the other in the Playhouse Lot, the chief said. Continue Reading →
Here’s a look at single-family home sales in June compared to last year. The median sales price declined year-over-year, from $1.6 million to $1,450,000:
New Canaan is getting another nail salon. The town on July 11 issued a permit for $60,000 of interior work to fit out 32 Forest St. for “Belle Visage Nail Salon.”
Family disputes reported to New Canaan Police year-to-date have declined from 33 to 27 since 2017, according to Chief Leon Krolikowski. During Wednesday night’s regular meeting of the Police Commission, he also said that identity theft incidents are up from 11 to 28 year-to-date. Continue Reading →