Thursday, February 11, 2016

ALERT-TIPS FOR PREVENTING THEFTS OF AND FROM MOTOR VEHICLES

The Fairfield Police Department is warning residents in the area of Sand Road that since July 25, 2015, two incidents have been reported to police that vehicles had items removed from them during the overnight hours. The department is offering the following tips to help individuals avoid becoming the victim of motor vehicle theft or from having items stolen from their vehicles:

  • Leaving Vehicles Unattended While Running- With the cold winter months upon us, many motorists will often start their cars and leave them running unattended until the interior of the vehicle warms. Additionally, they often pull up to stores to quickly run in and pick up an item and believe their car is safe because they can usually see it from inside of the store. Both present golden opportunity for car thieves who are actually riding around looking for such vehicles. It only takes a few seconds for a car that is running to be stolen, especially if left unlocked.

 

  • Locking Car Doors When Vehicle is Unattended- Most people will always lock their car doors when out in parking lot such as malls and restaurants but they very often do not lock them while they are parked in their driveways or out in front of their homes as they feel safer there. Vehicles, when left unattended, should always be locked in order to protect its contents, especially overnight. Thieves are looking for anything such as GPS devices, sunglasses and money. It is also a good practice to keep valuable items out of view and in the trunk.

 

  • $100 Bill Distraction Theft- It has been reported that car thieves are relying upon motorists greed in attempting to steal their cars. They are placing replica $100 bills on the passenger side windows of vehicles that have been targeted for theft. The $100 dollar bill is facing in. When a motorist gets into their car and starts it, it is at that time that they usually observe the bill and get out to retrieve it. It is at that point that the thief jumps into the running car and drives away with it. While it cannot be confirmed that this occurred last week in Fairfield, a local businessman reported seeing what he thought was a $100 bill stuck in his passenger window. Knowing the scam, he did not get out of the car but immediately drove to his home with the intent on checking on the vailidity of the bill when he got home. Unfortunately, it blew off the car before he could. 

 

ALERT-SCAMS

The Fairfield Police Department is warning citizens about several telephone scams that are being conducted in the area. At least one of the individuals involved in perpetrating these scams appears to be a male with a Middle Eastern accent. The group is extremely good at what they do and are very sophisticated. It appears that this group is able to manipulate phone numbers, making it appear on a potential victim’s caller identification that the phone call is originating from a government entity. So if the potential victim checks the number, it actually belongs to a legitimate government agency like a sheriff’s department or police department. The most recent scam that has been reported to the department by Fairfield residents involves the potential victim being told that they are going to be arrested.

As is the case with most confidence schemes, the individuals involved make the victim believe that time is of the essence and that if they don’t send money immediately, some negative consequence will occur.

IRS Scam- In this scam, the caller contacts the potential victim, informing them they are either delinquent in taxes or have been assessed a penalty. They tell the potential victim that if they don’t immediately send money, they will send IRS agents to seize their property and/or police to their house to arrest them. (Note: The IRS does not call taxpayers who they have any issues with but rather deal with them via letters. Additionally, local police do not arrest individuals for violations of federal law such as tax issues)

Warrant Scam- In this scam, the caller contacts the potential victim and tells them that a warrant has been issued for their arrest and that if they immediately send money, it will take care of the warrant. In a case that involved an area resident, the number that appeared on their caller identification, when checked, actually belonged to the Morris County Sheriff’s Department. When the potential victim called to check on the validity, no one at the sheriff’s department knew what they were talking about.

Kidnapping/Family Member in Trouble Scam- In this scam, the caller will first research their potential victim through either social media and/or the Internet to find out family information such as whether the potential victim has children, whether the children are male or female, names of the children and where they may work or reside. They then contact the potential victim saying that they have kidnapped the family member or that the family member is in trouble out of state or out of the country using just enough of the information they discovered to make the call sound legitimate. They tell the potential victim that they will immediately release their loved one if they immediately send money. (In the case that occurred in the area, the potential victim first called their daughter to verify she was ok)

Lottery Scam- In this scam, the caller will tell the potential victim that they won a lottery but in order to collect the huge winnings, they must first immediately send a certain amount of money to handle taxes and other incidentals associated with their winning. If that money is not immediately provided, then a new winner will be selected.

If anyone receives a call requesting that money be immediately be sent, the Fairfield Police Department is encouraging citizens to call their local police department for assistance before any money is sent anywhere.

STOLEN VEHICLE ALERT

The Fairfield Police Department is adamantly warning motorists not to leave their vehicles idling while unattended. While it is against state law to do so, the bigger concern is the increase of stolen vehicles occurring in the West Essex area over the past few months that have been taken as a result of motorists who have done just that. The most recent incident took place on Saturday March 2, 2013 at the A-1 Sunoco station at the intersection of Passaic Avenue and Greenbrook Road. A 2008 Chevrolet Trailblazer was taken in just a few seconds when the owner ran into the store.

MEETING NOTICE-TRAFFIC AND CRIME PREVENTION COMMITTEE

Chief Charles Voelker will be hosting his monthly meeting of the Citizens Traffic and Crime Prevention Committee. The chief will discuss issues relating to each topic and will field questions about law enforcement activities in Fairfield. The meeting will be held at the Fairfield Community Center, 376 Hollywood Avenue, on Augsut 21, 2012 at 7:00 P.M.  Everyone is welcome to attend.

MEETING REMINDER-MAYOR AND COUNCIL

There will be a regularly scheduled meeting of the Fairfield Mayor and Council on Monday April 9, 2012 at 7:30 P.M.

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