Police Department FAQs

 

1. Where can I get my bicycle license?

2. How much is a bicycle license?

3. How long will my power be out?

4. Can the police department call for my area’s power outage?

5. What should I do when a deer is in my yard?

6. Does Avon Lake Police trap nuisance animals?

7. What should I do if I see a coyote?

8. Who can I call if I have a skunk problem?

9. What are the curfew hours for juveniles in the city?

10. What should I do in the event my dog/cat runs away/gets lost/is missing?

11. What should I do with expired/unneeded medications and needles?

12. Can I park my car on the street overnight?

 

Where can I get my bicycle license?

At the Avon Lake Police Department, Records Division.

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How much is a bicycle license?

The cost is $1.00.

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How long will my power be out?

You need to call the number on your electrical bill.

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Can the police department call for my area’s power outage?

No. Call the number on your bill. You have to call and report your area to the electric company. They will have questions for you about your outage and your account.

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What should I do when a deer is in my yard?

Leave them alone and they will move on. Stay away from them.

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Does Avon Lake Police trap nuisance animals?

 

The Avon Lake Police Department does not trap nuisance animals (raccoons, skunks, groundhogs, etc.). A list of nuisance trappers can be found here: Commercial Nuisance Wild Animal Control Operators , the Lorain  County listings start on page 20.

 

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What should I do if I see a coyote?

ODNR's website has the following advice for dealing with and preventing coyote encounters:

 

Ohio wildlife biologists are frequently contacted by concerned residents who spot coyotes in highly developed areas. This is often not cause for alarm. Coyotes are highly adaptable animals that live in a wide variety of environments thus there is no need to report sightings to wildlife officials unless the animal appears hurt, sick, or habituated. Here are a few steps to keep in mind when you encounter an urban coyote in the Buckeye State.

1. Understand that coyotes are common throughout Ohio’s 88 counties and are regularly seen within city limits. Read more about coyotes at www.wildohio.com.

2. There are no wolves living in the wild in Ohio.

3. If you spot a coyote on your property, make sure to remove all “attractants” to deter the coyote from returning. This includes removing garbage and pet food primarily before nightfall and cleaning up around the grill. Do not feed coyotes directly.

4. Coyotes prey primarily on small mammals such as rabbits and rodents. However, interactions with domestic pets do occur sometimes.  Keep small dogs and cats inside (especially after nightfall) or leashed when outside. Motion-sensitive lighting tends to be helpful too at keeping wildlife away from your home.

5. Occasionally, an inquisitive coyote will stay put and watch you curiously. Make noise. Clap your hands and shout; the coyote will likely move on at this point. If it doesn’t, throw objects like rocks at it to scare it away. A coyote that loses its fear of humans could potentially become a threat.

6. If the coyote visiting your yard does not respond to harassment techniques such as loud noises or it is presenting a conflict even after removing attractants from your yard, contact a nuisance trapper. Nuisance trappers use highly regulated techniques to reduce urban wildlife conflicts. Coyote populations in rural areas can be managed through legal hunting and trapping methods. Consult the yearly “Ohio Hunting and Trapping Regulations” digest for more information.

 

For more information about coyotes please visit http://wildlife.ohiodnr.gov/species-and-habitats/species-guide-index/mammals/coyote

 

For information about removal of nuisance animals please refer to question 6 on this page.

 

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Who can I call if I have a skunk problem?

 

You may contact Mike Cottom at 440-236-8114. You may also visit Mr. Cottom’s website at

www.wildlife-removal.com.

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What are the curfew hours for juveniles in the city?

12 years old - 10:00p.m.

13 - 15 years old - 11:00 p.m.

16 - 17 years old -  1:00 a.m.

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What should I do in the event my dog/cat runs away/gets lost/is missing?

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What should I do with expired/unneeded medications and needles?

Located in the Safety Center lobby is a prescription pill turn-in container and a separate container for medical sharps. 

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Can I park my car on the street overnight?

Parking on streets in the City of Avon Lake is prohibited from 2:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. every day of the week.

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