Since the reported mountain lion sighting in February, The Winchester Police Department received a report of another sighting approximately 10 days later. A photograph of a second paw print (below) located at this sighting was sent to several independent mountain lion organizations in the United States. Experts from those organizations have conclusively stated that the […]
I would like to be made aware of certain situations and incidents such as natural disasters or infrastructure emergencies or even non-emergencies such as road closings. Is there a mailing list I can join in order to receive such bulletins?
I have been involved in a motor vehicle crash. Do I have to report the accident and if so whom do I report to?
When stopped by a police officer for a motor vehicle violation, don't I have 24 hours to produce my license and registration?
Sometimes I see drivers flashing their headlights to warn other drivers of police speed traps. Is this ok to do?
I have expired medications at home. What is the safest way to dispose of them?
Bring unused or expired prescription and over-the-counter medications to the Winchester Police Department for proper disposal. Disposal is available 24 hours a day.
Guidelines for Disposal:
Take unused, unwanted or expired prescription and non-prescription drugs to the Winchester Medication Disposal Kiosk located in the lobby of the Winchester Police Department.
Keep medications in original bottle or packaging if possible.
Mark out your name and address on the prescription labels.
Put any liquid or glass container in a Ziploc bag provided at the kiosk and securely close the bag. Insert pill containers or Ziploc bag into the kiosk’s mail slot and close the lid.
Winchester Substance Abuse Coalition sends collected medications to be incinerated as part of the ecological and safe disposal protocol.
My neighbor's dog is constantly barking! It barks all day and all night! What can I do about it?
(See Town of Winchester Code of Laws – Chapter 10)pdf
Help! There is a sick raccoon in my yard! How can I get rid of it?
Solicitors keep knocking on my door, trying to sell me magazine subscriptions or internet service. How can I make them stop?
The Town of Winchester has not adopted a Solicitor By-Law therefore it is legal for a person to go door to door soliciting goods or services. The Winchester Police Department does “request” that solicitors check in with the officer in charge of the station prior to beginning a campaign. We also “request” that solicitors refrain from soliciting door to door after dark. If you have no interest in speaking with a solicitor, you could post a “no solicitors or no trespassing” sign on your door. Keep in mind that in Massachusetts, trespassing may be arrestable but only in an officer’s presence. Often, solicitors use hard sales tactics and won’t take “no’ for an answer. If a solicitor refuses to leave your property when asked to do so, contact police immediately.
If you decide to do business with a solicitor, there are a few things you can do to make sure they are legitmate and to stay safe. Don’t let them into your home. Ask to see an (ID, both their state ID/license – many are not from Massachusetts – and the one provided by their organization). If you still wish to do business, ask them to come back another day. Take that time to research their organization’s legitimacy online. If you are still interested, understand that you may get your magazine subscription, but your money spent may not be being used to “ help the solicitor through college” as promised but to turn a profit for the organization.
Lastly, know the difference between a legitimate solicitor and a transient con artist. A transient may solicit a service, such as driveway resurfacing. While discussing the service with you, an accomplice may enter your home through a rear door and steal from you. A similar transient scheme is to promise a service for a certain price, do sub-par work and then demand additional payment for a problem encountered. If you ask a solicitor to leave your property, make sure they leave!