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The Ewing Police Department will be adding a new tool to its law enforcement tool box by launching a body-worn camera program.  We are currently conducting field tests with the department’s WatchGuard Vista BWC.  The camera is a secure, high-resolution video camera, which is approximately the size of a pager that records both audio and video. 

 While we believe that the use of these cameras will significantly benefit both the community and our officers, we know that no technology is a perfect answer to all situations. Body-worn cameras have limitations; however we believe that in the end the community and the officers who work to improve the quality of life here will benefit from their use. The use of body worn video camera technology will provide value in enhancing officer safety, reduction of liability, assist with prosecution and case resolution, and further promote professionalism and accountability.

 The men and women of the Ewing Police Department would like to thank you for your continued support. We pride ourselves on our transparency to the public and with that said will have a formal press release/conference once we conclude our testing period and move to full implementation.

 

          In recent months there has been an increase in reports of the jury duty phone scam across the country. This scam has been in the phone scammer's playbook for decades, and now it seems it's making a resurgence.  Click on the picture above on more information on this scam.

 

 

 

IRS Urges Public to Stay Alert for Scam Phone Calls

The IRS continues to warn consumers to guard against scam phone calls from thieves intent on stealing their money or their identity. Criminals pose as the IRS to trick victims out of their money or personal information. Here are several tips to help you avoid being a victim of these scams:

 

  • Scammers make unsolicited calls. Thieves call taxpayers claiming to be IRS officials. They demand that the victim pay a bogus tax bill. They con the victim into sending cash, usually through a prepaid debit card or wire transfer. They may also leave “urgent” callback requests through phone “robo-calls,” or via phishing email.

  • Callers try to scare their victims. Many phone scams use threats to intimidate and bully a victim into paying. They may even threaten to arrest, deport or revoke the license of their victim if they don’t get the money.

  • Scams use caller ID spoofing. Scammers often alter caller ID to make it look like the IRS or another agency is calling. The callers use IRS titles and fake badge numbers to appear legitimate. They may use the victim’s name, address and other personal information to make the call sound official.

  • Cons try new tricks all the time. Some schemes provide an actual IRS address where they tell the victim to mail a receipt for the payment they make. Others use emails that contain a fake IRS document with a phone number or an email address for a reply. These scams often use official IRS letterhead in emails or regular mail that they send to their victims. They try these ploys to make the ruse look official.

Scams cost victims over $23 million. The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, or TIGTA, has received reports of about 736,000 scam contacts since October 2013. Nearly 4,550 victims have collectively paid over $23 million as a result of the scam.


The IRS will not:


-Call you to demand immediate payment. The IRS will not call you if you owe taxes without first sending you a bill in the mail.

-Demand that you pay taxes and not allow you to question or appeal the amount you owe.

-Require that you pay your taxes a certain way. For instance, require that you pay with a prepaid debit card.

-Ask for your credit or debit card numbers over the phone.

       -Threaten to bring in police or other agencies to arrest you for not paying.


If you don’t owe taxes, or have no reason to think that you do:
Do not give out any information. Hang up immediately.

Contact TIGTA to report the call. Use their “IRS Impersonation Scam Reporting” web page. You can also call 800-366-4484.

 

Report it to the Federal Trade Commission. Use the “FTC Complaint Assistant” on FTC.gov. Please add "IRS Telephone Scam" in the notes.


If you know you owe, or think you may owe tax:


Call the IRS at 800-829-1040. IRS workers can help you.


Phone scams first tried to sting older people, new immigrants to the U.S. and those who speak English as a second language. Now the crooks try to swindle just about anyone. And they’ve ripped-off people in every state in the nation.


Stay alert to scams that use the IRS as a lure. Tax scams can happen any time of year, not just at tax time. For more, visit “Tax Scams and Consumer Alerts” on IRS.gov.


Each and every taxpayer has a set of fundamental rights they should be aware of when dealing with the IRS. These are your Taxpayer Bill of Rights. Explore your rights and our obligations to protect them on IRS.gov.

 

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DON'T FALL FOR THE CALL!!! - The IRS does not call taxpayer!!! If you are contacted and would like to verify any communications that are claiming to be from the IRS, you can call the IRS directly at 1-800-366-4484. To report IRS scams visit https://www.irs.gov/…/Small-Bu…/Tax-Scams-How-to-Report-Them

You can also visit the Better Business Bureau for other scams that are going on.

http://www.bbb.org/blog/category/alertsscams/

 

 

 

            On 12/23/14 at approximately 0600 hours Ewing units were detailed to the 1900 Block of Pennington Road for a report of a male inside a female’s house.  Upon arrival a male was observed running from the rear of the residence.  A search was conducted of the surrounding area.  A Trenton K9 unit was called in and attempted a track which proved unsuccessful. 

 

            The female, who was home alone, said she awoke to a black male in her room.  The male inappropriately touched her before fleeing out the back door. 

 

            The suspect was described as a black male, approximately 6 foot, thin build wearing a dark colored hooded sweatshirt and khaki type material pants with black sneakers.  The female indicated the male smelled of cigarettes. 

 

           Above is a composite sketch of the suspect.  .Anyone who may have witnessed this incident or has information related to it is asked to call Det. Michael Pellegrino at 609-882-1313 ext. 7597 or the Tip Line at 609-882-7530.

 

 

TIGTA Warns of “Largest Ever” Phone Fraud Scam Targeting Taxpayers

WASHINGTON — The Treasury Inspector General for Taxpayer Administration (TIGTA) today issued a warning to taxpayers to beware of phone calls from individuals claiming to represent the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in an effort to defraud them.

“This is the largest scam of its kind that we have ever seen,” said J. Russell George, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration. George noted that TIGTA has received reports of over 20,000 contacts and has become aware of thousands of victims who have collectively paid over $1 million as a result of the scam, in which individuals make unsolicited calls to taxpayers fraudulently claiming to be IRS officials.

Click HERE for more information

 

 

     POSTED 08-06-2013

 

     Over the past week and a half there have been four (4) motor vehicle thefts and six (6) burglaries to motor vehicles in the West Trenton and Mountain View sections of our town.  They are usually occurring in the early morning hours. We are asking residents to call the police department if they observe or hear any suspicious people or unusual activity. Don't wait until morning to call the police.  Patrols have been stepped up throughout our town in response to this recent activity.

 

Report Suspicious Activity

9-1-1 for Emergencies

609-882-1313 for Prompt Police Service

 

  If you have information in which you would like to share about

some recent crimes you can call our

Tip Line at 609-882-7530

and leave a message.

 

 

(Click below for tips on burglary prevention)

 

 

 

DON'T GET CAUGHT WITHOUT A HELMET!!!

 

 

The Ewing Police Department has teamed up with Safe Kids Mercer County/St. Lawrence Rehabilitation Center, Brain Injury Association of New Jersey, Inc., Safe Kids New Jersey/New Jersey State Safety Council and the NJ Division of Highway Traffic Safety to present “Think Positive: A Helmet Safety Reward Program”.

 

Ewing Officers will be "ticketing" kids who they see following New Jersey Bicycle Helmet Laws. These tickets will be redeemable at local eating establishments for a free sandwich, ice cream cone, or slice of pizza.

 

Visit http://bianj.org/think-positive for more information.

 

 

             Over the past two weeks, a couple of elderly victims came to Ewing Police to report that they were victims of a scam.  Both of these cases were similar in that they each received a phone call by an individual claiming to be their “grandchild” who indicated that they had been arrested while out of the country (Canada and the Dominican Republic).  The person on the phone then requested that they send money $1,000-$1400 via Western Union so that they can make bail. 

             This is not the first time that we have seen this type of scam in Ewing.  A search of the FBI’s website talks about this type of scam and has labeled it “The Grandparent Scam”.  These types of scams have been around since as early as 2008 but the scam artists have gotten better over time. 

             How the scam works is that the grandparent receives a call from someone claiming to be their “grandchild”.  The “grandchild” will tell some type of story usually involving their travels to another country where they have been arrested for drugs, or have been arrested after being involved in an automobile accident or that they have been robbed.  Sometimes during these calls or during a subsequent call, a second person will get on the phone claiming to be an attorney or public defender representing the “grandchild”.  Either the “grandchild” or the “attorney” will request that the grandparent send a sum of money via Western Union so that they can get bailed out.

             Ewing Police would like to remind individuals that if you receive a call like this, take a moment to find out what is going on before you act.  Attempt to contact the involved grandchild or another family member to help determine if the call is legitimate.  Ask the “grandchild” a personal question that only your grandchild would know the answer to.  Be suspicious of any request to send money overseas based on a phone call or email.  If you have any questions regarding a possible scam, contact your local police department before sending the money.  Once you send the money, even via a wire transfer, you can’t get it back.

             If you have fallen for one of these scams, contact your local police department to file a report.  In addition, you should report the scam to IC3 (Internet Crime Complaint Center) at www.IC3.gov

             For more information on “The Grandparent Scam” visit the FBI’s website at http://www.fbi.gov/sandiego/press-releases/2012/beware-of-the-grandparent-scam

 

 

 

 

 

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         Ewing Police Officer Chris Boller gives Christopher LaBaw, Jacob Janel and Alex LaBaw “tickets” for wearing their helmets while skateboarding, biking and rollerblading.  These tickets are part of the “Think Positive” Program which rewards children for wearing their helmets while participating in a wheeled activity.  The tickets may be redeemed for pizza, soft pretzels, ice cream, yogurt or sandwiches. 

        The Think Positive Program is collaborative initiative with the Ewing Township Police Department, St. Lawrence Rehabilitation Center, the lead organization of the Mercer County Chapter of Safe Kids, and the Brain Injury Association of New Jersey.   The program reinforces the importance of prevention and helmet safety through a positive reinforcement approach.  Each year in the United States, approximately 200,000 children are hospitalized due to brain injury sustained on bicycles, skateboards, scooters and skates.  Even a mild brain injury, a concussion, can have significant consequences throughout the individual’s lifetime.  Research show a properly worn helmet is the single most effective safety device available to reduce brain injury and death by as much as 88% (Dr. C. Everett Koop).

         Local businesses donating the rewards are Philly Pretzel Factory, Red Star Pizza, Haley’s Homemade Sandwiches, McDonald’s, Yo-Licious Twist Frozen Yogurt, and RJ’s Café, all in Ewing Township. 

    For more information, contact Jane Millner at 609-896-9500, ext. 2215.

     

     

        Two Improvised Explosive Devices (IED’s) have been detonated in Ewing Township.  Neither of these detonations have caused injury or property damage as of yet but the Ewing Police Department wants to emphasize the fact that these devices are dangerous, with the potential to cause severe injury and death. 

         It is our belief that juveniles, probably in the West Trenton Area, are responsible for these detonations.  Parents should be talking with their children about the dangers of these devices and staying on top other their children’s activities.  Parents should take note of any missing duct tape, bleach, liquid drain cleaners and any other household chemicals. Residents who reload their own ammunition should take careful inventory of their stock and note any missing powder.  We urge you to check your households for illegal fireworks, this includes sparklers. 

         If you find a suspicious device or devices, do not touch and immediately call 9-1-1.  Examples of suspicious devices include those that may be wrapped in duct tape, pipes with end caps on each side, fuses sticking out, bottles with liquids that seems not to belong in that type of bottle,  bottles that seem to be expanded from pressure, etc.  Please do not touch these items as they could detonate by any movement.  Anyone with information about these devices should call Dsg. John Stemler at 609-882-1313 ext 5575. 

         REMINDER: If you find a suspicious device CALL 911 IMMEDIATELY.

     

     

    WE NEED YOUR HELP!!!

     

        Our Community has been experiencing an increase in burglaries to residences, businesses and vehicles.  They are happening at all times and every day of the week.  We are asking residents to call the police department if they observe any suspicious people or unusual activity.

     

    Report Suspicious Activity

    9-1-1 for Emergencies

    609-882-1313 for Prompt Police Service

     

      If you have information in which you would like to share about

    some recent crimes you can call our

    Tip Line at 609-882-7530

    and leave a message.

     

     

    (Click below for tips on burglary prevention)

     

     

    JURY DUTY SCAM WARNING from the FBI

         This has been verified by the FBI (their link is also included below).  It is spreading fast so be prepared should you get this call. Most of us take those summonses for jury duty seriously, but enough people skip out on their civic duty that a new and ominous kind of fraud has surfaced. The caller claims to be a Jury Duty Coordinator. If you protest that you never received a summons for jury duty, the Scammer asks you for your Social Security number and date of birth so he or she can verify the information and cancel the arrest warrant. Give out any of this information and bingo, your identity was just stolen.  The fraud has been reported so far in 11 states, including Oklahoma , Illinois , and Colorado , AZ and more. This (swindle) is particularly insidious because they use intimidation over the phone to try to bully people into giving information by pretending they are with the court system. The FBI and the federal court system have issued nationwide alerts on their websites, warning consumers about the fraud.

     

    Check it out here:

    http://www.fbi.gov/page2/june06/jury_scams060206.htm

     

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    The Ewing Police Department is looking

    for a few good men and women to become

    School Crossing Guards.

     

    Minimum Requirements

    ·        18 years of age or older;

    ·        A citizen and resident of New Jersey;

    ·        Being sound in body and good health;

    ·        Having good moral character; and

    ·        Having not been convicted of any criminal

             offense involving moral turpitude.

     

    What You Receive

    ·        Two hours of training;

    ·        Twenty hours of Field Training Time;

    ·        Safety Vest;

    ·        Hat; and

    ·        Badge.

    Salary and Times

    ·        One hour in the morning;

    ·        One hour in the afternoon;

    ·        $32.00 a day;

     

    If you are interested in applying for a position

    please contact our Traffic Unit at 609-882-1313 ext. 7013 or 5565.

     

    (Click here for a printable flyer)

     

     

     

     

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