LAW & SAFETY

Reporting Abandoned Vehicle/Overtime Parked Cars on the Street.

It is no longer necessary to contact District Four to report an Abandoned Vehicle/Overtime Parked cars on the street.

The City is utilizing a new program to track an Abandoned Vehicle/Overtime Parked cars.  The benefit of the system is that the person reporting doesn’t have to worry about which district to call or find out what officer will take care of the complaint. This will be a more efficient method.

Go to 5916000.com and select “request service.” On the next page enter the address or nearest intersection. The next page will show a drop down box where the problem can be selected. Pick “Vehicles”

The next drop down box allows the user to pick where the vehicle is located – “Abandoned in Roadway,” “Abandoned Private Property” or “Vehicle on front lawn.” If it is on the street, select “Abandoned in Roadway.”

The vehicle information must be entered in the next step. The bare minimum needed is the color and type (example red sedan or white truck). A plate is preferred. This step allows people to be very specific about what the vehicle looks like, any special or unique markings etc., where exactly it is, and any other pertinent information. If no vehicle information is entered, the complaint will be closed out as unable to proceed. The system allows automatic updates if the reportee leaves their information. When someone goes into the system, whether it is to note if tires were marked or the car was moved, an email is automatically sent with the comments.

Hope this helps.

Carolyn Gillman

The Telephone Scam

A Theft by Deception was reported to Cincinnati Police District 4 on Thursday, June 6.

The crime happened around 11am on Wednesday, June 5.

An elderly victim reported that they had received a call from someone impersonating her grandson. This person told the victim that they had been arrested and needed money wired to them immediately via Western Union in order to pay for bail. As a result, the victim sent a large sum of money to the suspect.

Please be aware that the vast majority of such telephone calls are scams. This particular version is commonly known as the Grandparent Scam. In addition to bail money, scammers will also claim to need money immediately for a medical bill, a utility bill, or something similar.

Should you receive such a call, there are some steps you can take to avoid being victimized.

  1. Take a deep breath and stay calm. A common tactic employed by these scammers is to create a sense of panic and urgency. Please understand that in a real situation, no Law Enforcement Agency or billing department would expect a payment process to be carried out immediately.
  2. Ask to speak to the relative in person. This applies if the caller is claiming to be a third party such as a Deputy Sheriff or a hospital billing department employee. If someone does get on the line and claims to be your relative, follow the next step listed below.
  3. Ask for a contact phone number. If they actually give you a contact number, tell the caller you will call them back shortly. Do this EVEN if the person you spoke to sounded a lot like your relative. If the call is real (which is highly unlikely), a good contact number should be easy to obtain. Usually, however, such calls are not real, and asking for a contact number will end the scam on the spot. This tactic also gives you time to contact the family member in question and make sure they are all right. Chances are, everyone is fine.

Please be very wary of this kind of scam. Don’t let yourself be the next victim!

Contact Crime Stoppers at 513.352.3040

Submit an Anonymous Tip: https://app.citizenobserver.com/tips/new?alert_group_id=3404&alert_id=68506

Another Important Message from CPD:

“Am I witnessing a crime?” Most of us have found ourselves wondering this at some point or another. However, because we’re not really sure, we tend to ignore what we have just seen and, hoping it wasn’t so, we continue about our business.

People aren’t suspicious, behavior is! Always consider the context for what you are witnessing and remember there may be a simple explanation for activity that at first glance appears suspicious. Here are behaviors that may be associated with criminal activity:

  • Someone walking down the street looking into multiple vehicles and/or trying door handles to see if the doors will open.
  • Someone taking a package from someone else’s property (keep in mind that sometimes neighbors leave or pick up packages for other neighbors).
  • A person who is not your neighbor walking about your neighbor’s home and looking into windows, or trying to gain access by forcing open a window or door.
  • A person knocking on your door and asking to speak with someone who does not live there and who may also go to other homes knocking on doors. This is a tactic used by people with the intent to burglarize to see if people are home. (Keep in mind that people may mistakenly go to the wrong home.)
  • Someone claiming to represent a utility company who is either not wearing a uniform, does not produce identification upon request, or does not have a company logo vehicle.
  • Someone using binoculars or other devices to peer into your or your neighbors’ homes.
  • At night, a person sitting inside a vehicle that you do not recognize with the lights off for extended period of time.
  • A pushy salesperson not producing identification upon your request or asking to come into your home.
  • A vehicle you do not recognize that is circling multiple times around the neighborhood.

Remember, if you think that a crime may be occurring, or that the safety of you or your neighbors may be at risk, don’t hesitate to call 911. You shouldn’t worry about bothering the Cincinnati Police Department. Calls to 911 will be prioritized based on availability of law enforcement. Your call could be the one that lets us put a stop to the break-ins or a crime streak in your neighborhood.

We are happy to check things out!

Sergeant Eric Franz

 

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