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We want everyone to travel safely in Chapel Hill. The Police Department and area partners will continue speed enforcement and Watch for Me N.C. initiatives throughout the month of February. These initiatives are an effort to continue to preserve and enhance a safe community in which to travel, whether on two wheels, four wheels, two feet, or other methods.

Watch For Me N.C. is a statewide safety initiative designed to improve relationships on roads between people who drive, people who walk, people who roll and people who bike. People may receive helpful information, warnings, and in some cases, tickets for violations during these initiatives.

The Chapel Hill Police Department is taking additional steps to encourage safety among all travelers of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and throughout the community. You may notice an enhanced police presence along Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. The Watch For Me N.C. travel-safety initiative scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 27, is being moved from South Columbia Street to Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. You will also notice temporary digital signs along the road to encourage safe-travel behaviors.

Chapel Hill Police Travel-Safety Initiatives

Enhanced Efforts to Improve Safety on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard

Leaving Chapel Hill for the Holidays?

We can keep an eye on your property for you.

Post Date:12/04/2017 8:58 AM

If you’re going to be away from Chapel Hill for an extended period over the holidays, the Chapel Hill Police Department will keep an eye on your property.

Data shows that the holiday months are a particularly vulnerable time of year for our residents. Extra patrol officers are staffed to discourage illegal behavior.

Officers will also perform a house check of residences in Chapel Hill to check that your property is secure. This service is offered year round, and we especially encourage the use of it during the holidays. Officers will not enter a property, unless there is a sign that it has been left unsecured or forcibly entered.

Additionally, there are a few things you can do while you’re away to limit opportunities to be taken advantage of.

  • Store valuables out of sight;
  • Lock all doors and windows (even if they’re on the second floor);
  • Set lights around the house on timers; and
  • Break down identifiable boxes before placing them on the street in front of your home for pickup.

To receive this free service, complete a house check form at least 24 hours before you plan to be away. The form is available at

If you have questions, contact Capt. Donnie Rhoads at or 919-968-2865.


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