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The City of Peculiar Police Department is committed to the safety and well-being of its citizens and visitors.  Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns that we may assist you with.


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Holiday Safety Tips
                 Decorating Tips from the NFPA (National Fire Protection Agency)                   
       Inspect electrical decorations for damage before use.  Cracked or damaged sockets, loose or bare wires, and loose connections may cause a serious shock or start a fire.                                                       

Do not overload electrical outlets.   
Overloaded electrical outlets and faulty wires are a common cause of holiday fires.  Avoid overloading outlets and plug only one high-wattage appliance into each outlet at a time.                                                                                          
Never connect more than three strings of incandescent lights. 
More than three strands may not only blow a fuse, but can also cause a fire.

Keep natural tree fresh by watering daily. 
Dry trees are a serious fire hazard.  If you choose an artificial tree please be sure that it is labeled fire resistant.  And make sure any tree you choose has a stable platform.

Keep combustibles at least three feet from heat sources. 
A heat source that was too close to the decoration was a factor in half of home fires that began with decorations. (NFPA).
Protect cords from damage.  To avoid shock or fire hazards, cords should never be pinched by furniture, forced into small spaces such as doors or windows, placed under rugs, located near heat sources, or attached by nails or staples.

Check decorations for certification label.  Decorations not bearing a label from an independent testing laboratory such as Underwriters Laboratories (UL), have not been tested for safety and could be hazardous.

Stay in the kitchen when something is cooking.  Unattended cooking equipment is the leading cause of home cooking fires. (NFPA).

Turn off, unplug, and extinguish all decorations when going to sleep or leaving the house.  Unattended candles are the cause of one in five home candle fires.  Half of home fire deaths occur between the hours of 11:00pm and 7:00am. (NFPA).

At Home & Shopping Safety Tips
Don't display holiday gifts where they can be seen from a window or doorway.  Store gifts before you go away on a holiday trip.

If you go out for the evening, turn on lights, radio, or television so the house or apartment appears to be occupied.  If you go on an extended trip, contact us and complete our House Watch Form.  Also, tell a trusted friend or neighbor so they check on your house as well. 

In today's inter-connected age, it's important to be very careful what you share on social media.  Be very careful about what you post and if you do decide to share your gifts, please make sure you don't have your location tagged to the post.  Please don't post your travel plans online, wait until after your trip to post about it.

When shopping always lock your packages and gifts in your vehicle's trunk.  Never leave packages or any valuables in the passenger compartment of your vehicle.  Keep your vehicle's doors locked and windows closed.

Never leave your purse open or unattended in your shopping cart.

Don't overburden yourself with packages.  Have your key in your hand when walking to your vehicle.  If possible coordinate shopping trips with a friend. Never park in an unlit area or parking lot.  If possible, carry a cellular telephone at all times in case of an emergency.

Make eye contact and acknowledge a person you feel might be watching you.  Your behavior will send the message that you are aware of them and your surroundings.  It also demonstrates your self-confidence and send the message that you are not an easy target.

Criminals can try and scope at your home posing as a delivery person or someone looking for charitable donations.  Be cautious when talking to people you are unfamiliar with and don't let them in your home.

Dispose of your presents boxes creatively - placing that 60" TV box outside on trash day after Christmas is just asking for trouble.  Try and break down boxes and other packaging as to not give away the wonderful gifts your family received.  

Celebrate the holidays safely, please designate a sober driver.


Police Department

Chief Gurin

Chief Harry Gurin

Chief of Police

(816) 779-5102




Rhonda Koehn

Police Records Clerk

(816) 779-5102



City of Peculiar Police

Phone (816) 779-5102

Fax (816) 758-5103

Emergency Dial 911


224 North Main Street
Peculiar, Missouri 64078



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