Paving Scam Season is Upon Us

It is the season when the gypsy pavers appear.  This article is from last year but it is just as applicable today as then.

“A man knocks on your door and says he has extra asphalt and is willing to pave your driveway at a discounted price.  His high pressure approach confuses and intimidates.  You are not getting a deal, you are being scammed.

If you agree, here is what likely happens.  Men and equipment suddenly appear and begin “working” on your driveway.  At some point, the conman claims a mistake was made and you owe thousands more than the original price.  He threatens that if you refuse to pay, the “work” will cease.  You may be escorted to the bank, to withdraw money.  When you realize the scam you try to cancel the check only to learn it was cashed within minutes of it being written.

Paving scams like this occur regularly in Massachusetts and increase during spring and summer.  The perpetrators target senior citizens and are well known to police across the country.  Criminal charges vary by state but are commonly filed.

Avoid victimization and consider the following suggestions:

–          Beware of unsolicited offers to do paving work.

–          Do not let the solicitors inside your home.

–          Calmly but firmly tell the solicitors you are not interested and tell them to leave your property.  If they refuse your instructions call the police.

–          Educate yourself and your family.  Search the internet for “paving scams.”

–          Ask to see proof of the solicitors’ insurance. Conmen rarely have worker’s compensation insurance and if one of them is injured at your home, the claim could be made against your homeowner’s insurance.

–          Call the police if they begin “working” without your consent for service.

–          Be a good neighbor.  Paving scams target senior citizens.

–          Call the police if you have questions, or if unfamiliar people or companies appear at your door or in your neighborhood.

This article is intended as a public service announcement.  It is a warning that joins numerous similar warnings that have appeared in newspapers, on television and been sent out by the AARP.  Your vigilance will help police in their effort to keep Massachusetts safe and secure.  When faced with one of these scammers remember, there is no such thing as extra asphalt.”

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Peace Officers Memorial Day

Today is Peace Officers Memorial Day.  May 15th has been designated as a day to honor all local, state, and federal officers who have been killed or disabled in the line of duty.  Please take a moment out of your day, as we will, to do just that.

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Maynard Police Dispatch Log – 4/27 – 5/3

The Maynard Police dispatch log for 4/27 – 5/3 is now available.

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MPD Dispatch Logs for Weeks Ending 4/19 and 4/26

The Maynard Police Dispatch logs for the weeks ending 4/19 and 4/26 are now available.

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Foot Pursuit in Maynard

On Saturday, May 2nd, the Maynard Police Department was involved in a foot pursuit in the Old Marlboro Rd. area of town.  The suspect has been safely apprehended and thankfully no one was hurt.

Thank you to our neighboring police departments and the many residents who assisted us today.  Everyone please enjoy the rest of this beautiful weekend.

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If You See Something……

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AVLL Parade on 4/26

The Annual AVLL Opening Day Parade will be taking place today at 12:30.  The parade will start from the Clock Tower parking lot on Main Street and proceed down to Parker Street, turning right and ending at Alumni Field.

Please expect traffic detours and delays Downtown and along the traffic route.

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Senior Citizen’s Emergency Program

The Town of Maynard Public Safety Communications Department (Police and Fire Dispatch) has initiated a new program to assist seniors living in the Town of Maynard.  Having seniors in our community that do not have family or friends checking up on them regularly has led the public safety department to develop a “Senior Citizen Emergency Database Program”.

This program allows the public safety communications department to document in a computer database the names of senior citizens, where they reside, and important contact information. In addition, information concerning current medications and potential special needs during an unusual inclement weather event or natural disaster will be on file.

For further information, including how to sign up, please visit our Senior Citizen’s Emergency Program page.

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Difficult Loss

Our hearts go out to retired MPD Lt. Jim Dawson and his family for the loss of Jim’s nephew, John M. Dawson of Whitinsville, MA.  John was killed in Afghanistan on Wednesday.  He was a member of the U.S. Army, 101st Airborne.

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Donations to “Kids Battling Cancer”

The below is a request for donations from our fellow Officer Dan Collins of the Waltham Police Department:

“I’m Buzzing it Off for Kids with Cancer! Its that time of year again. I’m shaving my head in honor and support of kids fighting cancer, kids who don’t have the choice to lose their hair. Would you consider donating to my cause? By sponsoring my participation, you will help to ease the emotional and financial toll pediatric cancer takes on these amazing little fighters and their families. I am hoping to double the amount I raised during last years event.”

If you are interested in donating, you can use the below link:

Buzz Off for Kids with Cancer

 

 

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