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THE BUFFALO GROVE POLICE BLOTTER – 06/12/14

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The following incidents, crimes and arrests are from official police reports. Readers are reminded that these reports are the result of on view situations or as related to the officer by a complainant.
Guilt of any party is the sole jurisdiction of the courts.

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CRIMES AND INCIDENTS

Fraud
Reported 06/11
2600 block of Misty Woods
Complainant advised that unknown person(s) hacked into his airline account and used his frequent flier points to make purchases. We provided identity theft information.

Fraud
Reported 06/11
600 block of Patton
Complainant advised that he answered an internet ad to work as a “Mystery Shopper Agent”. He received a check from Mystery Shopper. He was told to cash the check and buy pre-paid credit cards, then call Mystery Shopper company with the security numbers on the credit cards. The complainant Identified this as a scam.

Accidental Damage to Property
Occurred between 07:00 – 19:00 on 06/10
0-100 block of University
Complainant advised that unknown person(s) damaged her mailbox. It appeared as if someone had backed into the mailbox and pushed it over.


ARRESTS

None

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BUFFALO GROVE POLICE DEPARTMENT
CRIME PREVENTION UNIT


Spring is here and summer is not far behind, along with the change of seasons usually comes a fresh set of scams. Every year around this time the area seems to be infiltrated with home improvement and landscape contractors. There are many legitimate companies out there, but there are always companies or individuals who are just trying to take advantage of people.

The Buffalo Grove Police Department is warning residents to be on guard against “ruse” burglaries and other suspicious situations which may make your car or home an easy target. A Ruse Burglary is a crime in which someone distracts the homeowner while a second person enters the home and looks for things to steal. Ruse burglaries are a favorite method of operation for residential burglars and often target senior citizens.


Avoiding Ruse Burglaries
• Never let a door-to-door sales or repair person inspect any part of your property. Ask for identification and phone their office to verify who they are.
• Don’t walk outside your home to have a solicitor “point out” repairs on you house. This is when an accomplice will enter your home to steal.
• Never let persons inside your home – even with you present.
• Ruse burglars will often claim that they are already doing work for a neighbor and will give you a good deal.
• Often scammers will do their homework and will know your name or your neighbor’s names to try to get you to convince you that they are legitimate.
• Don’t fall for fake referrals.




Please remember that solicitors are required to have a permit issued by the Village of Buffalo Grove. Do not open your door and allow anyone into
your home that you did not call or invite. Always verify who they are or call 911, so that an Officer can respond and check on the individual.

There has also been a recent flood of phone scams in our area and throughout the country. A common one that occurs around tax season is a subject will call and claim to be with the IRS. They will advise that there was an error in your taxes, and you need to get a prepaid credit card immediately to avoid penalties or jail. Another popular phone scam is when an unknown caller tells you that you won a prize but you just have to pay for the taxes prior to receiving the prize. In addition, be weary if you receive a telephone call from someone claiming to be a family member asking for money to be sent to them. Most often they will say that they are having car problems or are in jail. The caller will typically instruct you to purchase prepaid credit cards, and call them back with the prepaid cards access code. No one from any legitimate agency would ever ask you to purchase and pay with prepaid credit card’s. If you are ever requested to pay with one, the red flags should pop up and you should disconnect immediately. Once the cards information is given to a scammer there is NO getting the money back or canceling the card, the money is gone.

The best rule of thumb:

If you did not initiate the contact, don’t give them any information over the phone, online or let them into your home.

Any questions or concerns can be directed to the Crime Prevention Unit at the Buffalo Grove Police Department 847-459-2560.


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Flag Day Celebration Sponsored by the Buffalo Grove Park District

Saturday, June 14 - Free to Everyone
10:00 am
Veterans Park, 1300 N. Weiland Road, Buffalo Grove
Join the Buffalo Grove Park District as we proudly show respect to our flag. The
Buffalo Grove Fire Department's Honor Guard will be presenting the colors.
Speeches and changing the flags will also be part of this fascinating program.
For additional information contact Terri Ebner at 847.850.2117

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BUFFALO GROVE POLICE DEPARTMENT
SUMMER 2014 JUNIOR POLICE ACADEMY

Are you a young person that’s interested in Law Enforcement, Criminal Justice and Police Science? If so, join the Buffalo Grove Police Department's Junior Police Academy and discover what it's like to; stop a vehicle for a traffic violation, gather evidence at a crime scene, be a K-9 Handler and more. The Police Department is currently accepting applications for the summer, 2014 session of the academy. The Junior Police Academy program is designed to provide an overview of the various aspects of law enforcement. It is an educational and informative program that affords young people the opportunity to learn about issues that effect law enforcement efforts in the Village of Buffalo Grove. One of the goals of the academy is to help participants better understand how the Police work in their community. Participants will get to know more about the men and women who are protecting their community and their day-to-day activities and responsibilities.

The academy is scheduled for the week of
June 16, 2014 through June 20, 2014 from 10:00 A.M. to 12:00 Noon.

Sessions are held at the Police Department and consist of presentations, discussions, demonstrations and hands on class participation. The program is provided to the community at no cost and class size is limited to 20 participants. Applicants should be between 12 to 15 years of age and live or attend school in Buffalo Grove. Applications are available at the front desk of the Police Department located at 46 Raupp Boulevard or on-line at the Police page of our Village website: www.vbg.org

If you have any additional questions, please contact the Buffalo Grove Police Department’s Crime Prevention/Community Involvement Unit at 847-459-2560 or e-mail: police@vbg.org

Please return the completed Registration/Parent Consent forms to the Police Department’s Crime Prevention Unit by June 9th, 2014.
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SCAM ALERT - We have had several reports of residents receiving phone calls from people claiming to be with the IRS, and if they don't pay fines and fees they will be arrested. This is a SCAM! Please help us get the word out by talking to your neighbors, friends and families. Never give any personal information out to anyone you did not initiate contact with. Please contact the Buffalo Grove Police Department with any questions you may have and always call 911 to report suspicious activity at the time you see it.
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** Please remember to lock your car doors each night. We continue to get Car Burglaries involving unlocked vehicles. Remove items of value that are in plain view and lock your doors.
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Did you know....The Police Department loans out engravers that can be used to mark items of value. Contact the Crime Prevention Unit for further information.
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We have received information about a new scam, in which a person comes to the front door and is crying, asking for help finding their pet dog or cat. They state the pet ran in their back yard and ask for help finding it. The homeowner assisted and left the front door open, for others to then enter and steal items of value. Please, don't let yourself become a victim to this scam or others. Please continue to share these scams with your neighbors to help spread the word.
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Ruse Burglaries...The Buffalo Grove Police Department is warning residents to be on guard against "ruse" burglaries. A "Ruse Burglary" is a crime in which someone distracts the homeowner while a second person enters the home and looks for things to steal. Ruse burglaries are a favorite method of operation for residential burglars and often target senior citizens. We responded to a call for one of these earlier this week.

The Buffalo Grove Police Department is asking residents to reach out to their senior neighbors and talk to them about this activity. Residents are urged to be alert and not allow themselves to become victims of this crime, and to call 911 when anything seems suspicious.
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The following is a section from the Social Host Responsibility Ordinance and is provided as a reminder that it is illegal to allow an underage (under 21) person to consume alcohol.

It shall be unlawful for any person to permit, allow, host or fail to take reasonable steps to prevent an event or gathering at his or her place of residence or other private property, public place, any other premises under his or her control, or in any conveyance where illicit drugs or alcoholic beverages have been consumed by an underage person, if such person either knows or reasonably should know that an underage person has consumed any illicit drugs or alcoholic beverages.

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The Buffalo Grove Police Department has 5 officers who are specially trained and certified to correctly install child safety seats in your vehicle. To schedule an appointment with a certified Child Passenger Safety Technician in Buffalo Grove, please call the Police Department at 847-459-2560. Installations and inspections are done on Tuesdays only.

It is recommended that a child safety seat be no more than 5 years old from the date of manufacture. Every child safety seat has an information sticker than includes the model number, model name, serial number and date of manufacture. Child safety seats are typically made of plastic, which can, over time, break down from exposure to heat and cold weather. If the seat is more than 5 years old, we cannot install the seat.

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Pet License Information

Any person owning or keeping within the Village limits any dog or cat, four months of age or over, shall obtain a license within ten days of acquiring such dog or cat, or becoming a resident of the Village.

Written application for such license shall be made to the Village on forms provided by the Village. A current proof of rabies inoculation for a dog or cat shall be required at the time of the application for license, which shall certify that the inoculation is valid. Upon payment of a license fee, the Village shall issue a tag for each dog or cat. In the event a tag is lost, replacement tags costing one dollar may be purchased from the Village. No tag shall be transferred from one animal to another. The license shall expire on April 30th of each calendar year. New licenses, but not a renewal of a license for the previous year, shall be issued after November 1st for a half-year fee.

It is unlawful for the owner of any animal required to be licensed to keep such animal within the Village unless it wears a collar with the animal license tag for the current license year attached at all times the animal is off the premises of the owner.

Nonresidents keeping dogs or cats within the Village for ten days or less shall be exempt from this section; provided, however, that such animals have a license from the jurisdiction of the owner, if required, and that all the other provisions of this Title are complied with.

The annual license fee shall be ten dollars for each dog or cat, except that the annual license fee for an animal found to be a potentially dangerous animal shall be fifty dollars, until reclassified. There shall be no license fee for dogs leading special needs persons, or dogs used as part of a law enforcement program.
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SUSPICIOUS?

Never hesitate to call the Buffalo Grove Police Department’s Crime Prevention Unit at 847-459-2560, or if someone is at your door call 911 immediately for an officer to respond.

STUFF FROM THE STATION

Protect yourself against scams...We have had several reports of solicitor's who say they are with AT&T or ComEd, knock on residents doors and try and get them to switch service. Please be aware of this and do not give them any information. Please call 911 and report them, so that we can verify who they are.

Remember...Unless you initiate the call or contact with a bank, credit card company or any other service provider, do not give any information when an email or phone call is received. More often than not these are "Phishing" attempts.

Phishing is the act of attempting to acquire information such as usernames, passwords, credit card details, and personal information by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication.

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TIPS...Do not leave anything in your car that can be seen, especially purses, computer bags, wallets, money, sunglasses, and cell phones. Take these items with you or put them in the trunk.

Make sure you keep your garage doors closed and locked, especially if you have items of value stored in them. Best suggestion yet, pull your car into the garage, take any valuables out of it, lock it, close the garage door and make sure the service door is locked.

Keep your windows, doors and cars locked, and don’t let anyone into your home, garage or anywhere else on your property if you do not have an appointment with that person.

Call 911 immediately if someone unknown comes to your door, or if you see or hear anything suspicious.

If you see or hear anyone or anything suspicious, call 911 immediately!

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COMED ISSUES ALERT TO CUSTOMERS AMID RISING IMPERSONATION SCAMS

Prompted by a recent upswing in incidents involving scam artists impersonating ComEd workers, the utility is alerting its customers to be wary of gimmicks and schemes that could cost them money and valuable personal information.

Last year, ComEd received thirteen reports of impersonation incidents. In just the past two months of this year, ComEd already received twenty eight reports of customers who have been lured into disclosing credit card information, handing over money to scam artists or allowing an impersonator to enter their homes.

In many of the reported cases, the impersonators identified themselves as a utility employee. Some of the perpetrators wore clothing, such as a hard hat, items bearing a utility company logo, or a generic orange safety vest. In other instances, the culprits executed the scam in plain clothes.

In one recently reported case, a culprit posing as a ComEd representative contacted a customer by phone, claimed that the billing cycle had changed and requested credit card information to settle the customer’s electric bill. Other incidents have included scammers asking customer for money to fix parts on their meter and threatening to shut off power if they didn’t hand over cash to fix parts on the customer’s circuit breaker.

Customers who believe they’re a victim of a scam, should report the incident to the police.

A company official stated that safety is the most important value of the company and they are concerned about the safety of the customers. That is why the company wants the public to be aware that ComEd employees always carry proper identification and that they’ll never ask customers for cash or personal banking information. Customers can always verify if a ComEd worker is in the area by contacting the company at 1-800-Edison-1 (1-800-334-7661).

To help guard against impersonations, ComEd recommends that customers take the following safety precautions:

Always ask to see a company photo ID before allowing any utility worker into your home or business.

Be skeptical of individuals wearing clothing with old or defaced company logos. If you have any doubts, ask to see a company photo ID.

Never pay on-site for services. ComEd employees never ask for cash payments or personal banking information.

Remember that ComEd employees do not engage in door to door sales or telemarketing activities with customers.

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JURY DUTY SCAM

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 web sites, warning consumers about the fraud.
Check it out here:
http://www.fbi.gov/page2/june06/jury_scams060206.htm
And here:
http://www.snopes.com/crime/fraud/juryduty.asp

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The Illinois Secretary of State's office established the "Emergency Contact Database" on July 1, 2009. The database allows Illinois driver's license and ID cardholders to enter emergency contact information into a voluntary, secure database. I the event of a motor vehicle crash or other emergency situation when a person is unable to communicate directly, law enforcement may access the database to help them reach the person's designated contacts.

For more information or to join the 'EMERGENCY CONTACT DATABASE", visit http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/

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A message from the Buffalo Grove Police Department's Traffic Unit on HANDICAPPED PARKING

We all know that in extreme weather, it can be difficult for many of us to walk through parking lots. Think of those with walkers or wheel chairs, or other things that make it difficult for them to maneuver. That is why the law provides for special parking places so that these folks have easy access to stores and other public buildings.

People, who park illegally in handicapped parking spaces for "just a minute" and for convenience sake, are denying access to these spots for those legitimately entitled to them, and endangering their safety.

It is not only inconsiderate but illegal to park in a handicapped parking spot, or the yellow diagonal lines, without the proper permit or license plate. You will be cited if you violate and the fine amounts to $250.00.

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ELECTRONICS RECYCLING EVERY WEEK DAY AT VERNON TOWNSHIP PUBLIC SERVICES FACILITY

Did you know that you can recycle electronics year round at the Vernon Township Road District Facility at 3050 N. Main St. in Buffalo Grove Mondays through Fridays from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm.
Go to http://swalco.org/collectionevents/electronicscollectionevents for a list of accepted items.

DROP OFF YOUR OLD BATTERIES TO BE RECYCLED

Village Hall is now accepting your old batteries for recycling:
-- Alkaline: AA, AAA, C, D and 9V
-- Rechargeable: NiCad, NiMh, lithium ion, lithium polymer - Before dropping off rechargeable batteries, residents need to tape the contact points on each battery or place in an individual self-locking plastic baggie to avoid sparks.

Old hearing aid batteries can also be recycled by placing them into a zip lock bag and turning them in at the Village Hall.

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PRESCRIPTION DRUG DISPOSAL PROGRAM

The Buffalo Grove Health Department along with the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County (SWANCC) is extending the prescription drug disposal program. Recent research by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U. S. Geological Survey found that samples that were analyzed in 36 states found substantial amounts of antibiotics and steroidal hormones in rivers, lakes and water wells.

This prescription drug drop off program will help to ensure the environmentally safe disposal of these drugs and to help guard against theft that can be associated with disposing of old medications. This program is for residentially generated unused prescriptions and expired over the counter drugs. Labels should not be removed from the containers. Prescription drugs that are more than a year old, as well as non-prescription medications with expiration dates that are more than 6 months old, should be disposed of. Keep all pharmaceuticals in their original containers with labels to identify the contents.
The program is for residentially-generated unused prescriptions and expired over-the-counter drugs. No commercial or institutional waste will be accepted. Please keep medications in their original containers, as it is necessary to know what medications the contractor is dealing with. Personal information may be blacked out for safety.

You may drop off any medications at the Village Hall - Health Department 50 Raupp Blvd., (847) 459-2530
Monday 8:00 am - 7:30 pm and Tuesday through Friday 8:00 am - 4:30. Please keep medication in their original containers and do not mark over the name of the medication as the type needs to be identified.