A Comprehensive Guide to Securing Homes
Break-ins happen much more frequently than most people think - and it's always a devastating experience. This guide was developed to help promote safety and prevention awareness. It includes key steps and preventive measures that can go a long way in keeping your home safe and secure while everyone is away. Click here to see the guide.
Police Study Presentation
To view the presentation on the Police Study performed by Matrix, click here.
The Lower Saucon Township Police Department has established an area within our public parking lot that can be used as a safe location for making internet purchase exchanges, child custody exchanges, etc.
Like other police departments in the nation, the Police Department saw a need to offer citizens a safe place to make these type of exchanges. The area is located on the west side of the Police Department in the designated parking spaces. The area is well lit and available for use 24 hours a day. The area is covered by surveillance cameras that are recorded; however, the area is not monitored or staffed by officers and we encourage everyone to still be cautious when meeting any person that they do not know.
If a person is unwilling to meet you at the Police Department to conduct a transaction, that should make you highly suspicious of their intentions.
Updated Law for Child Car Seats
June 2016: The updated law for child car seats states that children under two (2) years of age should be in a rear facing seat as long as the child hasn't outgrown the weight limits of the seat. The carrier should also be placed in the rear seat. Click here to see the flyer on "What You Should Know Rear-Facing".
If you have any questions, please call our Police Department at (610) 317-6110.
2015 Police Commendations
At the Township Council meeting on Wednesday, February 17, 2016, several commendations were presented to four Lower Saucon Township Police Officers in recognition of their fine work during 2015
Chief G. L. Lesser presented Officer Charles Werkheiser with the Officer-of-the-Year Award. Officer Werkheiser scored the highest overall totals in 13 areas of police performance covering Appearance, Report Quality, Commendation vs. Complaints, Tracker/Vascar Operation, Criminal Arrests, Non-Traffic Citations, Traffic Citations, Warning Notices, Parking Tickets, Patrol Mileage, Vacant Home Checks, Vehicle Stops, and Incidents/ Crashes/Offenses investigated. Officer Keith Bredbenner was presented with the Runner-Up Officer-of-the-Year Award.
Additionally, the Chief presented an Enforcement Commendation Plaque to Officer Werkheiser for his efforts in combating the terrible effects of Driving Under the Influence and making traveling the roadways of Lower Saucon Township safer for all of us.
Detective Corporal Christopher Leidy was presented with a Special Commendation for his vital role in a Grand Jury case which resulted in charges being filed against a suspect in a violent home invasion which occurred in 2012.
D.A.R.E. Officer Kyle Haggerty received a commendation for Community Policing/Service for his initiative and persistence which led to the formation of two new Neighborhood Watch Groups and creation of a resident email list to forward alerts and crime prevention tips, his enthusiastic participation in many community events throughout Lower Saucon Township, as well as his ongoing commitment to the D.A.R.E. program at the Saucon Valley School District.
Staying safe online - it is important to remember that the rules of behavior that apply in person apply online also. Click here to read more.
Unfortunately, the frequency in which we respond to reports regarding attempted phone scams continues to increase. This is a national problem, and in most cases the perpetrator remains elusive due to their ability to hide their true identity and location, which can be anywhere in the world.
Several government agencies, including the Federal Trade Commission, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Internal Revenue Service maintain websites that educate citizens about these types of scams including how to detect and avoid them.
Visit these sites and learn how NOT to be a victim:
As always, any Lower Saucon Township resident who would like to speak to a police officer about a suspected phone scam may phone the Non-Emergency number at 610-759-2200.
Charity scams take advantage of people’s generosity and kindness by asking for donations to a fake charity or by impersonating a real charity.
Charity scams involve scammers collecting money by pretending to be a real charity. The scammers can approach you in many different ways – on the street, at your home, over the phone, or on the internet. Emails and collection boxes may even be marked with the logos of genuine charities.
Often the scammer will exploit a recent natural disaster or famine that has been in the news. Other scammers play on your emotions by pretending to be from charities that help children who are in it.
Not only do these scams cost people money; they also divert much needed donations away from legitimate charities and causes. You can contact your local Better Business Bureau to see if they have any information about the organization that interest you. If the charity is genuine and you want to make a donation, get the charity’s contact details from the phone book or a trusted website.
If you do not want to donate any money or you are happy with how much you may have donated to charities already, simply ignore the email or letter, hang up the phone, or say no to the person at your door. You do not have to give any money at all.
Going On Vacation? Don't Forget To...
BURGLARY PREVENTION TIPS
The burglary basics:
Don't tempt a thief:
Locks...get the best:
Targeting the Outside:
If your home is broken into or you come home to find an unexplained open/broken window or door:
MYSTERY/SECRET SHOPPING SCAM ALERT
Residents should be aware of Mystery/Secret Shopper scams. These scams typically begin when an individual responds to an e-mail that is soliciting for individuals to complete “secret shopper” assignments. The scammers then send the individual a Money Order with instructions to deposit the money in their personal account, withdraw and spend a specific amount of money at a specific store as their “assignment,” take a commission for themselves, and then send the remaining balance back with a survey that is to be filled out. Once the victim completes these instructions, they are given more assignments. Eventually, the victim will learn that the original money order was counterfeit – leaving them defrauded of several hundred dollars as well as their time spent.
These types of scams frequently originate from foreign countries and use accomplices in several parts of the United States, making it extremely difficult to track.
For more information on these scams, please click here