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New Berlin Police News

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Heroin Presentations To Be Held in New Berln and Muskego

New Berlin and Muskego are working jointly to host two presentations on the growing heroin epidemic in Waukesha County.  Presenters will include speakers from the New Berlin and Muskego Police Departments, the New Berlin and Tess Corners Fire Departments, District Attorney Brad Schimel, Frank McElderry from the Waukesha County Metro Drug Unit, the Department of Justice, and a recovering heroin addict.

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Some Tree Services Just Don't "Cut It"

Just a reminder that with the warmer weather, you may be getting tree cutting companies coming to your door offering to cut your trees for you.  We had a bad experience in New Berlin last year with one company in particular.  Some local reputable tree services had to come and fix the problem after a man paid money up front to have a huge tree cut down in his yard, only to have the "company" leave it behind and never come back.  Please follow these simple steps:

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New Berlin Police and New Berlin Eisenhower Join Forces for "Spotlight on Careers"

"Grandchild in Distress" Scam Still Working in New Berlin

Sad to say it, especially around this time of year, but we had another senior citizen get bilked out of over $1,500 with the "Grandchild in Distress" scam. Here's how it worked this time:
"Granddaughter" calls in a panic. She was involved in a car accident in the Dominican Republic while vacationing and broke her nose and has stitches in her mouth (this would explain the fact that she may not so...und exactly like the victim's grandaughter.) She needs $1,500 in bail money and "a lawyer" will be calling her in the next few minutes. She is told to not tell anyone because the granddaughter is worried about her reputation. The "lawyer" calls and gives the victim instructions on how to wire the money. Victim goes to the bank to complete the transaction. The teller tries to talk the victim out of the transfer (good job teller!) but the victim insists. The money is transferred (gone for good). Since it works so well, the "lawyer" calls back an hour later and asks for another $1,000 so the granddaughter does not get sued. At this point, the victim calls her son only to find out that the granddaughter is just fine and not in the Dominican Republic.

Bottom line, please don't wire money to anyone or give out personal information over the phone or internet. Please check with a trusted friend or relative before making any kind of decision. And please listen to your bank teller when they try to talk you out of a money transfer. We usually have a few of these scams succeed every year in New Berlin and it's just sad. Please talk with your elderly friends, neighbors, and relatives and warn them about this scam. For every one time it works in New Berlin, there were another 1,000 attempts that did not work because the victims did not play along with the scam. Help us get the word out! Thank you.

Tips for Keeping Your Delivered Holiday Packages Safe

The New Berlin Police Department is reminding everyone that during the month of December caution should be used when having packages delivered at home.

Most packages which are delivered to customers are left at the customer’s door, even if no one is home to accept them.

Unfortunately, this is also brings out individuals who are looking for crimes of opportunity, as well as criminals that actu...ally target delivery trucks in neighborhoods. To reduce the chances of being victimized by package delivery thieves, the New Berlin Police Department offers the following advice:

■Choose a shipping option that requires you to sign for delivery.

■Check delivery status online so you can try to be home when the package arrives. Some retailers even offer text messages to your cell phone to alert you when items have been delivered.

■On the expected day of arrival, post a note on your door asking the delivery service to leave the package with a trusted neighbor.

■Arrange to have the package shipped to another location where someone can receive it.

■Ask the delivery company to hold your package for customer pick-up at their local shipping facility.

■If you do not receive your shipment on time, check with the company of origin and confirm the delivery. If the item was delivered and you did not receive it, report the theft or loss to the original company, the shipping company, and to your local police department.

■Many of these crimes occur during broad daylight. Be alert about suspicious behavior in your neighborhood.

Call the New Berlin Police Department to report this type of suspicious activity or call 9-1-1 if you observe a crime in progress.
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