Please see below (including attachment) from Sergeant Jeremy Burgin, our Community Services Sergeant:
Over the past two weeks, there have been six residential burglaries where the suspect(s) forcibly entered or attempted to enter homes through the rear door. Witnesses have described two potential suspects (one white male and one light-skinned adult black, possibly Hispanic, male) operating a dark blue or grey Honda. The burglaries occurred during the daytime, typically between noon and 4pm, and have affected Regency, Lochside, Camden Forest, Wimbledon, MacGregor, and nearby communities.
While those descriptions are rather specific, it is important to remember to remain vigilant for anyone whose behavior is suspicious. If you observe suspicious behavior, please call the Cary Police Department immediately. You can use the non-emergency number (919-469-4012) or 911.
Additionally, there are numerous Town of Cary resources available that can be useful. First, all Town of Cary crime data is available online (http://188.8.131.52/cary/). Please feel free to utilize that site to gather additional, factual information about what crimes are occurring in Town. Also, recent police reports are online (policereports.townofcary.org). This site will allow you access to the public information report associated with an event. You can also find additional crime prevention tips on the Community Services page (http://www.townofcary.org/Departments/police/Community_Services.htm).
Lastly, I would like to advertise for our free, residential security assessment program here at the police department. A residential security assessment is a program where an officer will come out to your home and review the physical security of your home (doors, locks, windows, lights, landscaping, alarm systems, etc) as well as discuss some mental approaches to home safety (what to do with solicitors, how to handle leaving your home for vacation, and options available to you if you’re home and someone breaks in). This free assessment only requires that an adult be present in the home during the assessment to take notes and ask questions. Most assessments take about an hour, hour and a half and can accommodate most schedules during the week. If you’d like a free assessment, please contact me directly (my information is below) and we’ll get you on the calendar.
Over 40 Lochmere residents learned a LOT about how best to avoid being a victim of fraud, identity theft and scams at the November 4th entertaining and informative discussion with Ms. Caroline Farmer from the NC Attorney General's Office. In addition to a lively discussion on several topics, Ms. Farmer also distributed informational packets from the Attorney General's office on a wide range of scams and frauds to each attendee.
Ms. Farmer began by inviting folks to safely discard any old (appropriate for destruction) documents that contain personal information at the Town of Cary's free, upcoming shredding event on November 14. Then, the discussion grew quite interactive, as Ms. Farmer described the best and the worst ways to manage computer passwords. Strong password suggestions included the use of reputable password management software, or utilizing an entire sentence or favorite quote, or using special characters within the password in lieu of alphabetic characters (ex. use an "@" instead of an "a"). Other suggestions for safe computing included:
Farmer then described several phone scams recently reported, and urged folks to share information about these scams with their friends and neighbors so that no one becomes a scam victim. Phone calls from "the IRS" are commonly-reported scams. Farmer reports that the IRS never contacts taxpayers by telephone. Calls that include threats such as "a warrant for your arrest will be issued if you don't send money / call back / provide information", or "your house doesn't meet code" are all scams. Scammers can even change the caller ID (have you gotten a call from yourself like that?!). These too, are scams. Calls or emails that warn of a virus on your computer, or indicate that you are need a Microsoft update are also very common scams used to gain control of your computer and hold it for ransom, or for gaining access to your personal information. Other scams described included bogus calls from "the hospital", asking to verify insurance information. In all cases, consumers are urged to simply hang up the phone or delete the scam email. Be very wary of any and all personal information that you are asked to share as a result of a phone call or an email.
Other pertinent and timely information on these topics can be found at nc.doj.gov. To check out a questionable email, phone call, mailing or to report a scam, call the Attorney General's Consumer Protection Division at 1-877-5-NO-SCAM or file a complaint online at ncdoj.gov.
Cary Police, including Captain Kevin Tingen, also attended the event and reminded residents of important safety tips for the upcoming holiday season.
Our Community Services Sergeant, Officer Burgin, added the following:
It is true a white van in Cary was soliciting without a permit for yard work in communities near Ten-Ten Road. Thanks to the efforts of a concerned citizen, the van was located, stopped, and the passenger was ultimately arrested for an unrelated warrant involving a traffic charge. The driver was identified and released from the scene without charges. Although there is information circulating about one of the occupants being a possible registered sex offender from Florida, there is no listing for that person in the NC State Sex Offender Registry. As your Police Department, we are satisfied with what we know at this point and do not believe these gentlemen to be a risk to public safety. We believe this is a case of two people who were soliciting business in our communities without the proper permits and thanks to proactive citizens like yourself, we were able to get them stopped. Both of them were informed about the ordinance requiring them to seek a permit from the Police Department before soliciting for business.
Our partnership with the community we serve is something we put great value in and together we work hard to keep our community safe. Citizens are often our “eyes and ears” in the community and we take pride in responding to their calls for service. We encourage our citizens to call us anytime they see something suspicious in their community, because if they believe it to be suspicious, it usually is to us as well. That vigilance is what keeps us a safe and vibrant community to live, work and raise a family.
Regency residents reported to police a suspicious white utility van (license plate DAT-6791) with no windows. The van was seen for 5 days in the Regency neighborhood and was driven by two men, one white and one black. The men knocked on doors and also asked children if residents were home.
As you might have seen from the original Facebook post (see below) the Cary Police confirmed on 6/25/15 that:
When we contacted the Cary Police about the informaiton that Crystal posted, Captain Tingen indicated the summary that Crystal had provided in the Facebook posting was a good one.
He also indicated that he knew some folks were disheartened that the police didn't arrest a registered sex offender. He said to contact him if you had any questions, but reminded us that the police can only arrest in the presence of probable cause of a crime being committed, and they didn't have that yet as it pertains to that particular person. He indicated that could change later as they continue to investigate, but for now the police know who he is and how to find him so he'd be foolish to reoffend in Cary at this point.
Captain Tingen's contact information, along with that of our Community Services Sergeant, can be found on Lochmere's Community Watch page: http://lochmere.org/community/community-watch/about-cm
For those that haven't seen the post, someone in Regency shared this on Facebook and it made it's way to the Young Families of Lochmere Facebook page, along with the Highlands Google Group. See: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10153424040264948&set=a.258816309947.175966.502339947&type=1
From the Town of Cary Police:
August 24, 2015
Cary PD Reminds Drivers to Lock Doors Following Recent String of Car Break-ins
CARY, NC – With a rash of vehicle break-ins over the last few weeks, the Town of Cary Police Department is reminding all citizens to lock vehicle, shed and garage doors before turning in for the night. The most recent spree was on August 18 when Cary Police took reports of 14 breaking and enterings into cars, two motor vehicle larcenies and one vehicle burglary. In all instances, only unlocked vehicles or unlocked sheds were targeted. Items taken include credit cards, cash and miscellaneous small electronics; in one instance, an unlocked vehicle with keys inside was stolen. No injuries were reported.
“Nearly all of last week’s break-ins occurred in residential areas along Walnut Street and Kildaire Farm Road, but it’s a good reminder to all no matter where you live to be sure to secure car doors, shed doors, garages and any other exterior doors just like you lock your home’s front door before going to bed,” said Lt. Brian Smith of Cary’s Criminal Investigations Division.
Often, motor vehicle larcenies are crimes of opportunity and can be prevented by following some simple tips:
These crimes are part of an active investigation and anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Town of Cary Police Department at (919) 469-4012 or file a report anonymously with Cary Crime Stoppers at (919) 460-4636. Crime Stoppers pays up to $2,500 for the arrest or indictment of those responsible for committing certain types of crimes. All calls will be kept CONFIDENTIAL at the caller's request.
For more crime prevention tips, see the Police Department section of www.townofcary.org or call (919) 469-4324. For real-time crime updates, follow the Town of Cary’s Safety feed on Twitter @TOC_Safety.
Lt. Brian Smith, Criminal Investigations Division, (919) 380-4215
Deanna Boone, Deputy Public Information Officer, (919) 462-3908
Susan Moran, Public Information Director, (919) 380-4240
On November 12th, 28 Lochmere residents participated in a community watch meeting with representatives from the Cary Police.
Jeremy Burgin, our Community Services Sergeant, provided some great information on community watch, home safety, holiday shopping tips and overall tips for our community.
Some take home points from the meeting were:
We look forward to continuing working with the Cary Police to keep our neighborhood safe. The Cary Police are pleased with how our community watch program works with them to quickly distribute important news to our residents. We want to have as many residents signed up for community watch so that we can quickly pass along any information that the police distributes. If you are not already subscribed to receive community watch emails, you can do so by using your lochmere.org account and changing your preferences under "Modify User Info".
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