In their ongoing series on Back to School Safety, the Middlesex District Attorney’s office has produced another easy to read fact sheet entitled Strangers and Internet Dangers. Please review it and consider discussing it with your children.
On Thursday August 22, 2013 at 12:45 am a female was stopped on Great Road by a male impersonating a police officer.
The female was traveling west on Route 117 and noticed a vehicle following her for several miles. In the area of the Maynard and Stow town line the vehicle activated a blue flashing light. The female stopped thinking it was a police officer. The male approached her and ordered her to exit the vehicle. The female was suspicious, drove away and immediately called the Stow Police. Maynard and Stow officers responded to the area and were unable to locate the suspect. The investigation is continuing.
The suspect is described as a white male in his 40’s, short brown hair, facial acne scaring, feminine voice, over 6 feet tall and approximately 225 lbs.
The vehicle is a dark colored large sedan similar to a police cruiser with a single blue strobe light on the dash board.
If anyone has any information please contact Detective Seeley at the Maynard Police Department.
Residents are reminded that police officers in unmarked police cruisers will identify themselves immediately when making motor vehicle stops.
...THE TORNADO WARNING FOR NORTHERN MIDDLESEX...
WESTERN ESSEX...NORTHEASTERN WORCESTER AND
SOUTHEASTERN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTIES IS
THE STORM WHICH PROMPTED THE WARNING HAS WEAKENED
BELOW SEVERE LIMITS...AND NO LONGER APPEARS
CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO. THEREFORE THE
WARNING HAS BEEN CANCELLED. HOWEVER HEAVY RAIN IS
STILL POSSIBLE WITH THIS THUNDERSTORM.
Hurricane season officially started on June 1st. The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency has put together some very simple preparations that families can take so they are better able to face this type of emergency.
It is a warm summer day. 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 is designed to confuse and intimidate you into agreeing to the deal. You think you are getting a “deal”, but in reality, you are being scammed.
If you agree, here is what likely happens. Workers 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 your local police if you have questions, or if unfamiliar people or companies appear at your door or in your neighborhood.
Chief Dubois is recording a monthly 30 minute video, entitled “Maynard Police Report”, that is played on the Maynard local access channel. The goal of this effort is to open another avenue of communication with the residents of Maynard. The sessions may include:
A review of the previous months police call statistics
Highlighting of particular incidents that happened in the previous months
Any incidents where the police may be seeking additional information
Explanations of the tools and equipment that police officers use to do their jobs
The first session was recorded in February and is below. We will be adding additional sessions as they become available.
We would like to thank WAVM for their assistance in recording and producing these videos.