Note: The following information is based on an initial review of incident reports and should not be considered a comprehensive list of all incidents reported to us. The blog reports do not include sex crimes, domestic abuse, reporting of juveniles, medical reports, and other sensitive police reports.
Thursday, April 5, 2012
Keep sidewalks clear
In recent months, the Brookline Police Department has received complaints
of sandwich boards interfering with the flow of pedestrian traffic on
sidewalks in commercial areas. One of these complaints came from a
visually impaired resident who fell trying to navigate around a sandwich
board. With the safety of all our residents and visitors in mind, we
would like to draw your attention to Town By-Law 7.5.11 (below) which
prohibits placing obstructions on any public street or sidewalk.
We are asking businesses to please remove sandwich boards from public
sidewalks immediately so that shopping areas will be safe for all to visit
and enjoy. The Brookline Police will be undertaking education and
enforcement efforts to assist in compliance.
Thank you for your attention and cooperation.
Daniel C. O’Leary
Chief of Police
SECTION 7.5.11 OBSTRUCTIONS
No person shall place or cause to be placed in any street
or upon any sidewalk of the town, any lumber, coal, iron,
trunk, bale, box, crate, cask, package, article, or
anything whatsoever so as to obstruct a free passage for
travelers, nor allow any of the same to remain more than
one hour after being notified by a police officer to remove
it, except that nothing herein contained shall be construed
to prevent the use of streets and sidewalks for building
purposes upon obtaining a permit from the Board ofSelectmen.