Once again the Newton Police Department has partnered with South Newton Elementary to participate in Club Day! Once a month officers facilitate a chess club and forensics club for interested students.
Investigator Dane Hoyle teaching chess
Sgt. Cline and Investigator Hoplins teaching forensics
Sgt. Spencer Cline and Investigator Ronnie Crawley recently participated in the 2015 Run for Maggie.
Sgt. Cline and Investigator Crawley crossing the finish line
Family and Friends of Maggie Daniels
The Newton Police Department is once again partnering with the Marine Corps Reserve to support the Toys for Tots program. New unwrapped toys can be dropped off at a collection box located in the lobby of the Newton Police Department at 411 N. Main Ave Newton any time of the day. Collections will be accepted now through December 23rd. For more information you may contact the Marine Corps Reserve at http://www.toysfortots.org/
Holiday Shopping Tips
National Crime Prevention Council
The organization best known for its icon, McGruff the Crime Dog, has tips to help you shop safely while getting those great holiday bargains.
Shopping in Stores
Do not buy more than you can carry. Plan ahead by taking a friend with you or ask a store employee to help you carry your packages to the car.
Save all receipts. Print and save all confirmations from your online purchases. Start a file folder to keep all receipts together and to help you verify credit card or bank statements as they come in.
Consider alternate options to pay for your merchandise, such as onetime or multiuse disposable credit cards or money orders, at online stores and auction sites.
Wait until asked before taking out your credit card or checkbook. An enterprising thief would love to shoulder surf to get your account information.
Tell a security guard or store employee if you see an unattended bag or package. The same applies if you are using mass transit.
Walking to and From Your Car
Deter pickpockets. Carry your purse close to your body or your wallet inside a coat or front trouser pocket.
Have your keys in hand when approaching your vehicle. Check the back seat and around the car before getting in.
Do not leave packages visible in your car windows. Lock them in the trunk or, if possible, take them directly home.
Shopping with Small Children
If you are shopping with children, make a plan in case you are separated from each other.
Select a central meeting place.
Teach them to know they can ask mall personnel or store security employees if they need help.
Before surfing the Internet, secure your personal computers by updating your security software. Everyone’s computer should have anti-virus, anti-spyware, and anti-spam software, as well as a good firewall installed. Visit www.bytecrime.org for free software downloads.Keep your personal information private and your password secure. Do not respond to requests to “verify” your password or credit card information unless you initiated the contact. Legitimate businesses will not contact you in this manner.
Beware of “bargains” from companies with whom you are unfamiliar—if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!
Use secure websites for purchases. Look for the icon of a locked padlock at the bottom of the screen or “https” in the URL address.
Shop with companies you know and trust. Check for background information if you plan to buy from a new or unfamiliar company.
To find more useful shopping tips and personal safety information, visit the National Crime Prevention Council’s website.
Top Tips for Safe Online Holiday Shopping
Keep a Clean Machine: All the devices you use for shopping - including smartphones and
Think Before you Act: Be wary of communications that offer amazing deals that sound too good to be true, implore you to act immediately - including those about a problem with an order or payment or ask you to view the website via a provided link.
Get Savvy about Wi-Fi Hotspots: Don’t share personal or financial information over an unsecured network (a connection that doesn’t require a password for access). Using the direct web access on your phone (via a 3G/4G connection) is safer than an unsecured wireless network when on your mobile device.
Use Safe Payment Options: Credit cards are generally the safest option because they allow buyers to seek a credit from the issuer if the product isn’t delivered or isn’t what was ordered. Credit cards may have a limit on the monetary amount you will be responsible for paying. Never send cash through the mail or use a money-wiring service.
Keep a Paper Trail: Save records of your online transactions, including the product description, price, online receipt, terms of the sale, and copies of email exchanges with the seller. Read your credit card statements as soon as you get them to make sure there aren’t any unauthorized charges. If there is a discrepancy, call your bank and report it immediately.
For further information please contact SatySafeOnline.org at https://www.staysafeonline.org/stay-safe-online/resources/top-tips-for-safe-online-holiday-shopping/
Holiday Safety Tips For Children
- Teach your child to always ask before going off to look at something or with someone, even a friendly “elf,” and before accepting any unrequested “gift” from a stranger
- Tell your child to go to a properly identified store clerk and remain with him/her until security or parent/caregiver arrives
- Point out specific appropriate clerks when you enter store
- Practice with your child what he/she should say to the clerk
- Make frequent trips to car to stash packages so your hands stay free to hold child
- Take time to relax with your child for a few moments, look at or do something he/she is interested in – he’ll be more likely to stay with you when some attention has been paid to his interests
- Respect your child’s natural reluctance to cuddle Santa – we tell children during the rest of the year to not talk to strangers, but then expect them to crawl into the lap of someone they don’t know and confide in him
- Be very careful around stairs, escalators, elevators – serious injuries can and do occur, especially when groups of people are moving quickly
- Keep packages, wrapping, decorations, especially breakable ones or ones with small pieces, out of reach of small children
- Check throughout home daily to be sure that, in the rush of the day, no potentially dangerous items have been left out unintentionally
- Never leave children and candles unattended
- Watch for and move out or reach the poisonous plants of the season – mistletoe, holly, English ivy, amaryllis, Christmas cherry, eucalyptus Carolinas Poison Center: 1-800-848-6946
- With the increased number of guests, especially older relatives possibly taking medications and not used to having small children around, be watchful that medications, which can look like candy or a tasty drink to children, are not left lying within reach and that curious hands are not exploring purses, suitcases, etc.
- Keep an eye on alcoholic drinks when socializing in the presence of children and be sure to pour out any remaining in glasses/cans/bottles immediately
- Keep cords for lights, etc. out of reach of children and replace any frayed electrical cords or plugs; do not run them under floor coverings in traffic areas of the house
- Secure the tree so that it cannot be accidentally pulled over
- Place only unbreakable, large ornaments and decorations on the lower branches, if young children will be in the house
- Keep tree watered and fresh and unplug all lights (indoor and outdoor) when you leave the house or go to sleep
Rabies Control and Prevention.
The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services would like to highten awareness and educate the public about prevention and control. Provided is a link to the NC DHHS website with valuable information concerning rabies and other communicable diseases.
The Good News!
We are very honored and proud to have the Good News! coming from Newton. Please follow the link provided for a story by Kristen Hampton from WBTV about our very own Eveleene Fowler and Ken Campbell..
The City of Newton Police Department in conjunction with Catawba County Animal Services and the Humane Society of Catawba County recently held a successful rabies clinic at the police department. Over 80 dogs and cats were given a one year rabies vaccination.
IRS-Impersonation Telephone Scam
An aggressive and sophisticated phone scam targeting taxpayers, including recent immigrants, has been making the rounds throughout the country. Callers claim to be employees of the IRS, but are not. These con artists can sound convincing when they call. They use fake names and bogus IRS identification badge numbers. They may know a lot about their targets, and they usually alter the caller ID to make it look like the IRS is calling.
Victims are told they owe money to the IRS and it must be paid promptly through a pre-loaded debit card or wire transfer. If the victim refuses to cooperate, they are then threatened with arrest, deportation or suspension of a business or driver’s license. In many cases, the caller becomes hostile and insulting.
Or, victims may be told they have a refund due to try to trick them into sharing private information.
If the phone isn't answered, the scammers often leave an “urgent” callback request.
Note that the IRS will never: 1) call to demand immediate payment, nor will the agency call about taxes owed without first having mailed you a bill; 2) demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe; 3) require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit card; 4) ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone; or 5) threaten to bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.