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Thursday, January 8, 2015

National Grid Notice

January 8, 2015 CONTACT: David Graves – 401-784-7540

During this holiday season National Grid and local police departments received an increasing
number of calls from customers being targeted by billing scam artists and impersonators trying to gain
access to account information and entry to National Grid customers’ homes. The bill scams mirror
reports received by utility companies throughout the country where the scammers are demanding
immediate payment for electricity and natural gas bill balances and threatening immediate service shutoff
if payments are not received within an hour or two. If the customer has made a payment, the caller
will say that the payment has not been received and an immediate payment must be made. For the
most part the scammers are demanding that the customer secure a pre-paid debit card and provide the
account number to the scammer who then redeems the card.
National Grid does contact customers with past due balances by phone to offer payment
options. Direct payment is an option but direct payment is never demanded as a prerequisite for
continued service. If customers wish, they can arrange for a payment by check, credit card or debit
card if they speak directly to a customer service representative. Payment can also be made by credit
card or debit card without a representative’s assistance. National Grid does not accept pre-paid debit
cards for payment and would never ask a customer to acquire one of these cards to make a bill
payment.
The callers have shown to be adept at extracting account information from unsuspecting
customers and they use sophisticated telephone technology to convince customers they are actually
calling from National Grid.
Ask Questions/Demand Proper ID
In addition to the on-going fraudulent bill collection calls, there have been recurring reports of
individuals going door-to-door, identifying themselves as employees of National Grid and demanding to
see the customer’s electricity or natural gas bills. In other instances, people claiming to be a utility
company employee have been able to gain entry to a home by telling the customer they must inspect
their meter, which is usually located in the customer’s basement. When the customer accompanies the
impersonator into the basement, an accomplice enters the home and removes items of value without
the customer knowing it.
 News Release
NATIONAL GRID WARNS CUSTOMERS TO GUARD THEMSELVES
AND SENSITIVE ACCOUNT INFORMATION
Reports of Home Invasions, Billing Scams and Employee Impersonators Increased
During The Holiday SeasonIn all instances when customers come in contact with any individual claiming to represent
National Grid, they should verify their identity before divulging account information, making a bill
payment or allowing access to their home. If a customer has any concerns about the nature of the
contact they should call National Grid’s Customer Contact Center immediately to clarify billing issues
and confirm the identity of the person trying to secure account information or gain entry to the home.
In New England, customers can reach the Center at 1-800-322-3223.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

                                                                                      
                                              
Wrentham Police Department Announces Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Holiday Crackdown on Impaired Drivers

Wrentham,MA – As you celebrate the holiday season enjoying traditions, food, family and fun, be reminded that Wrentham Police will be out in force from December 1, 2014 to January 1, 2015 to protect the Commonwealth’s citizens by arresting anyone caught behind the wheel operating under the influence.  The Wrentham Police will join other local law enforcement agencies and the MA State Police to run extra patrols through the New Year as part of the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over mobilization, funded by a federal grant administered through the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security’s Highway Safety Division (EOPSS-HSD).  

The Wrentham Police is giving fair warning to all partygoers.  “You’ll see us making lots of stops during this highly visible enforcement period and if we suspect anyone is driving while intoxicated, officers will show zero tolerance for impaired driving,” said Lt. George Labonte
“The message is simple:  Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.  Drinking alcohol and driving do not mix.  If you plan to consume alcohol, you should also plan not to get behind the wheel of a vehicle,” said Lt. Labonte 

Unfortunately, the excitement and celebrations of the holiday season can lead to terrible decisions, and serious legal consequences. Data shows that the holiday season is a particularly deadly time due to the increased number of impaired drivers on the roads. In 2011 in Massachusetts, 114 people were killed in crashes that involved drivers with a blood alcohol content level of .08 or higher.

“This holiday, we will show zero tolerance for those driving under the influence on the road. If you choose to drive drunk, we will see you, we will stop you, and you will be arrested,” said Lt. Labonte
      EOPSS-HSD recommends these tips for a safe holiday season:
Plan a safe way home before the festivities begin;
Before drinking, designate a sober driver and leave your car keys at home;
If you’re impaired, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation;
If you happen to see an impaired driver on the road, don’t hesitate to contact law enforcement;
And remember, Drive Sober Or Get Pulled Over. If you know someone who is about to drive while impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get home safely. 




Wednesday, December 17, 2014

New D.A.R.E. Officer!

The Wrentham Police Department is pleased to announce the graduation of Officer Peter Lown from the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) training held December 1-12 at the New Hampshire Fire Academy in Concord, NH.

Officer Lown completed the two week, 80 hour certification course to become one of Wrentham's newest D.A.R.E. instructors. With the graduation of Officer Lown, he will join Sergeant Jeffrey Smith and Officer Todd Schwalbe providing the program to the local school district.

D.A.R.E. is a community based, nation wide program which partners police, schools and parents to educate students about the abuse of drugs, violence and the importance of good decision making.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Decorate our Tree!!!


Happy Holidays!!

From the

Wrentham Police

 We need your help decorating our Christmas Tree!!!

We would love to have you make a family, Christmas ornament to hang on the Wrentham Police Christmas tree!
The tree is on the second floor of the Public Safety Building and looks a bit like this one here -------->

RULES:

  1. Only one ornament per family.
  2. Not too big please!!!
  3. Be creative!!!

The Wrentham Police Association is taking donations of non-perishable food items to give to families in need.  There will be a box next to the tree to place donations.



Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Citizens Police Academy


                                     
PRESS RELEASE

The Wrentham Police Department is pleased to announce the commencement of a Citizens Police Academy. The Academy will run from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm for seven consecutive Thursday’s, beginning on Thursday October 9, 2014 and conclude on November 20, 2014. This informational academy will be held in the public safety training room, located on the main floor of the Public Safety building.

        The Citizen Police Academy is designed to familiarize citizens with the operation and function of the Wrentham Police Department. Classes will cover various topics such as Criminal Law, Patrol Procedures, Domestic Violence, Motor Vehicle Enforcement, Identity Theft, Emergency Communication Center, Court Procedures, and Use of Force.


        There is no charge to attend, however, you must be 18 years or older. The class is limited to 25 applicants. Applications may be picked up at the Wrentham Police Department, 89 South Street or email Lt. George Labonte at labonte@police.wrentham.ma.us  The application must be submitted or emailed to Lt. Labonte by Wednesday September 17, 2014. Preference will be given to Wrentham residents.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Luciano's Restaurant Rt. 1

In the early morning hours of 08-20-2014, Luciano's Restaurant on Washington Street in Wrentham experienced a break.  The images are of the suspect responsible for the crime.

If you have any information regarding this incident or this individual, please contact the Wrentham Police Department.