|Fireworks are illegal in Covina|
Our nation will soon celebrate its Independence and as family and friends gather we remind you to stay safe as you enjoy your Fourth of July Holiday. We also ask that you remember fireworks, even those labeled “Safe and Sane," are not allowed throughout the City of Covina. In addition to your safety and the safety of others, the current extreme drought conditions in our community raise the risk of unintentional fires.
So remember, it is illegal to possess or use fireworks in the City of Covina. Officers will be out in force to enforce these ordinances and those found in violation will be subject to fines, arrest or both. Don't spoil your 4th of July Holiday by having or using fireworks!
Local Business and Residents Targeted in Scams
A male has called two local businesses requesting the owners by name, claiming to be related to other local business owners, before explaining his need for a small amount of quick cash with a promise to pay back the same day. The Covina Police Department encourages everyone to be alert for scam artists, and report activity you feel may be dangerous or criminal [Bulletin ].
Covina senior citizens have reported receiving calls from persons claiming to be IRS employees, and providing instructions on how to send money owed to the IRS. No government agency will ever contact you by telephone demanding wire transfer or pre-paid debit card payment for monies owed. The best method of dealing with phone scam attempts is to hang up on the caller. If you don't allow them to hook you, they will move on.
Covina Water Utility customers have also reported a water payment scam operation. Unknown subjects have made calls to some Covina Water Utility customers stating that the customer has a high water usage on their account, creating a so-called violation. The callers identify themselves as employees, and threaten to come to the resident's home to collect a $500 fine for water violations.
The City of Covina has a process in place to provide warnings, before a graduated citation process is initiated. Fines begin at $50 per violation, with a maximum fine of $250 per violation for repeat violators. If a customer receives a citation, the citation amount is added to your water bill. No Water Utility employee will ever arrive at your door and ask for direct payment of a fine. For additional information please contact Global Water Fathom at (855) 354-7579 or the City of Covina Public Works (626) 384-5230. If you are victim of a water payment scam in the City of Covina, please contact the Covina Police Department 24 hours dispatch at (626) 331-3391.
Overnight Parking Permits
Daily Temporary Overnight Parking Permits can only be purchased by credit/debit card using the machine to the front of the Covina Police Department, located at 444 N. Citrus Avenue, in Covina. The change to a cashless system willl provide a more efficient system, since the old system was unable to provide change for cash paying customers. If you have any questions, contact the Covina Police Department Records section for assistance, 626-384-5656.
Coyotes in Covina
Coyote sightings are on the rise in Covina neighborhoods. The Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control offers a number of reporting guidelines for coyotes seen in your neighborhood. [More info]