Gloucester Township Police Community Bulletin: What Residents Should Know About Solicitors

The Gloucester Township Police Department would like all residents to be vigilant about reporting solicitors going door-to-door in the township who do not comply with the Municipal Code or appear suspicious. Solicitors are required to possess and carry an identification card issued by the Township. Never hesitate to contact the GTPD if you are suspicious of someone in your neighborhood who is soliciting.  Especially, if they are being pushy or aggressive; be sure to call the GTPD non–emergency number 856-228-4500 or if an emergency situation thendial 9-1-1.

Call the Police Department at 856-228-4500 to report anyone going door-to-door who: 

• Does not have a Identification Card, with their picture, issued from Gloucester Township.

• Claim to be selling a product or raising money to benefit a program or charity, but have limited supplies or information on the product or program. If they seem surprised you answered the door and have a story that does not seem to make sense. This can either be a scam or someone casing the area seeing who is home and who is not to commit a burglary or other crime.

• Pressure you to “act now” or to let them in the house.

• Claim to be from a utility company, the Township of Gloucester, or other well-known organization requesting to be admitted into the house to inspect or check something, or request you to accompany them outside to “help” them inspect something. When on location utility and Township employees WILL have agency issued, picture ID and importantly WILL wait for you to verify their identity with the company.

A resident should ask to see the solicitor’s license if the resident intends to conduct business with them.  A solicitor’s license is not an endorsement of the company as reputable, but they took the time to conduct business within the confines of the Township’s Municipal Code.

If a company is legitimate they should gladly show you their paperwork and not be aggressive.  If a solicitor or unexpected visitor comes by your home at late hours of the night, please be cautious.  There is never a reason to open your door to challenge someone for their license or identification.  Do not jeopardize your safety by opening your door.

Do feel free to yell through the door that you are not interested, and at the same time you are telling them that someone is home.  Make it known if outside and solicitors are around that you and your neighbors are watching.  Sometimes that alone will deter those who may have ulterior motives, such as criminal activity, for being in the neighborhood.

Lastly, if safely possible try to get a decent description and a direction of travel to inform the police. There have been incidents where residents reported hearing the doorbell ring but chose not to answer, and then found the “solicitor” walking into their backyard and trying to open a back window or door.  It is important to call the GTPD right away, trust your instincts, and not to hesitate. The more information you can provide to the call taker the better to assist the police in locating and determining if the subjects in question are working legally in the area.

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Please read below tips from the FBI in reference to Internet Fraud:  

Tips for Avoiding Internet Auction Fraud:

  • Understand as much as possible about how the auction works, what your obligations are as a buyer, and what the seller’s obligations are before you bid.
  • Find out what actions the website/company takes if a problem occurs and consider insuring the transaction and shipment.
  • Learn as much as possible about the seller, especially if the only information you have is an e-mail address. If it is a business, check the Better Business Bureau where the seller/business is located.
  • Examine the feedback on the seller.
  • Determine what method of payment the seller is asking from the buyer and where he/she is asking to send payment.
  • If possible, purchase items online using your credit card, because you can often dispute the charges if something goes wrong.
  • Be cautious when dealing with sellers outside the United States. If a problem occurs with the auction transaction, it could be much more difficult to rectify.
  • Ask the seller about when delivery can be expected and whether the merchandise is covered by a warranty or can be exchanged if there is a problem.
  • Make sure there are no unexpected costs, including whether shipping and handling is included in the auction price.
  • There should be no reason to give out your social security number or driver’s license number to the seller.

Tips for Avoiding Non-Delivery of Merchandise:

  • Make sure you are purchasing merchandise from a reputable source.
  • Do your homework on the individual or company to ensure that they are legitimate.
  • Obtain a physical address rather than simply a post office box and a telephone number, and call the seller to see if the telephone number is correct and working.
  • Send an e-mail to the seller to make sure the e-mail address is active, and be wary of those that utilize free e-mail services where a credit card wasn’t required to open the account.
  • Consider not purchasing from sellers who won’t provide you with this type of information.
  • Check with the Better Business Bureau from the seller’s area.
  • Check out other websites regarding this person/company.
  • Don’t judge a person or company by their website. Flashy websites can be set up quickly.
  • Be cautious when responding to special investment offers, especially through unsolicited e-mail.
  • Be cautious when dealing with individuals/companies from outside your own country.
  • Inquire about returns and warranties.
  • If possible, purchase items online using your credit card, because you can often dispute the charges if something goes wrong.
  • Make sure the transaction is secure when you electronically send your credit card numbers.
  • Consider using an escrow or alternate payment service.

Tips for Avoiding Credit Card Fraud:

  • Don’t give out your credit card number online unless the site is a secure and reputable. Sometimes a tiny icon of a padlock appears to symbolize a higher level of security to transmit data. This icon is not a guarantee of a secure site, but provides some assurance.
  • Don’t trust a site just because it claims to be secure.
  • Before using the site, check out the security/encryption software it uses.
  • Make sure you are purchasing merchandise from a reputable source.
  • Do your homework on the individual or company to ensure that they are legitimate.
  • Obtain a physical address rather than simply a post office box and a telephone number, and call the seller to see if the telephone number is correct and working.
  • Send an e-mail to the seller to make sure the e-mail address is active, and be wary of those that utilize free e-mail services where a credit card wasn’t required to open the account.
  • Consider not purchasing from sellers who won’t provide you with this type of information.
  • Check with the Better Business Bureau from the seller’s area.
  • Check out other websites regarding this person/company.
  • Don’t judge a person or company by their website. Flashy websites can be set up quickly.
  • Be cautious when responding to special investment offers, especially through unsolicited e-mail.
  • Be cautious when dealing with individuals/companies from outside your own country.
  • If possible, purchase items online using your credit card, because you can often dispute the charges if something goes wrong.
  • Make sure the transaction is secure when you electronically send your credit card number.
  • Keep a list of all your credit cards and account information along with the card issuer’s contact information. If anything looks suspicious or you lose your credit card(s), contact the card issuer immediately.

Tips for Avoiding Investment Fraud:

  • Don’t judge a person or company by their website. Flashy websites can be set up quickly.
  • Don’t invest in anything you are not absolutely sure about. Do your homework on the investment and the company to ensure that they are legitimate.
  • Check out other websites regarding this person/company.
  • Be cautious when responding to special investment offers, especially through unsolicited e-mail.
  • Be cautious when dealing with individuals/companies from outside your own country.
  • Inquire about all the terms and conditions.

Tips for Avoiding Business Fraud:

  • Purchase merchandise from reputable dealers or establishments.
  • Obtain a physical address rather than simply a post office box and a telephone number, and call the seller to see if the telephone number is correct and working.
  • Send an e-mail to the seller to make sure the e-mail address is active, and be wary of those that utilize free e-mail services where a credit card wasn’t required to open the account.
  • Consider not purchasing from sellers who won’t provide you with this type of information.
  • Purchase merchandise directly from the individual/company that holds the trademark, copyright, or patent.

Tips for Avoiding the Nigerian Letter or “419” Fraud:

  • Be skeptical of individuals representing themselves as Nigerian or foreign government officials asking for your help in placing large sums of money in overseas bank accounts.
  • Do not believe the promise of large sums of money for your cooperation.
  • Guard your account information carefully.

https://www.fbi.gov/scams-safety/fraud/internet_fraud

If you have any questions please contact the GTPD Community Relations Bureau at 856-374-5712 or email communityrelations@gtpolice.com

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Gloucester Township Police Media Advisory: 2015 Gloucester Township Police Junior Police Academy, Media Representatives Invited

The Gloucester Township Police Community Relations Bureau will be hosting their Annual Junior Police Academy July 20th – August 14th. The junior police academy is divided into four, one week sessions. The first and third session is for juveniles 10-12 years of age, the second session is for juveniles 13-15 years of age and the fourth week is the Advanced camp for those cadets that previously attended one of the basic camps. At this time there are approximately 115 juveniles participating in the program.

The junior cadets will begin each morning with a physical fitness program. Various exercises and drills have been designed by Community Relations Officers to maximize fitness for the cadets along with building teamwork skills. After participating in physical fitness each cadet will participate in drill to help them learn the importance of teamwork and discipline.

Each day for the recruits class is broken down into time periods and covers various topics. The cadets will receive training regarding on the History of Policing, Police Operations, Crime Scene, LEAD, Firearms Safety, Health and Nutrition. The cadets will also experience Gloucester Township Police K-9 and Gloucester Township Special Response Team (SWAT) demonstrations as well as a tour of the Camden County Youth Detention Facility, Police Academy, and Fire Academy.

Media Representatives are invited to attend any of the lessons or presentations during the next four weeks and are also invited to attend the Graduation Ceremonies on Fridays for each class. Graduation Ceremonies will take place at 2:00 PM at the Gloucester Township Community Building, 1261 Chews Landing Road, Laurel Springs NJ 08021.

Media Representatives interested in attending any of the lessons or presentations during the week may contact the Gloucester Township Police Community Relations Bureau at 856-374-3513 or at communityrelations@gtpolice.com

http://gtpolice.com/?p=4428

Media Release in PDF: GTPDJuniorPoliceAcademy2015

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Gloucester Township Police Crime Stoppers VIDEO: Shoplifting K-Mart Blackwood Clementon Road 7-1-2015 at 11 AM

This GTPD Crime Stoppers VIDEO can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/ltajBGS28Ic

Unknown female suspect entered and exited the K-Mart store several times while talking on a cellular phone. The suspect then selected a $100 electric tooth brush, and quickly exited the store while setting off the store’s alarms. The suspect then ran from store security across the parking lot toward Blackwood Clementon Road, and lost a high top black sneaker while in flight.

The suspect is a stocky white female, with light colored hair pulled back, wearing a plaid shirt, jeans, and black high top sneakers.

If you have any information, or can identify the suspect in the video or photos, call the Gloucester Township Police Department at 856-228-4500, or call our GTPD Anonymous Crime Tip Line: 856-842-5560. To send an Anonymous Tip via Text Message to Gloucester Township Police, text the keyword TIP GLOTWPPD and your tip message to 888777. You may also click here to access our Anonymous Web Tip page: https://local.nixle.com/tip/alert/5170177

Our Anonymous Tip systems are NOT monitored 24/7. All incidents in Gloucester Township requiring IMMEDIATE police assistance must be called into GTPD at 856-228-4500. If you have an EMERGENCY or are witnessing a CRIME IN PROGRESS, CALL 911.

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