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Package Theft: Where's My Stuff?


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If you have been waiting for your package to arrive on your doorstep, and remain on your doorstep, you are mistaken. SPD Crime Statistics show that in 2013, there were a reported 75 package thefts from porches and doorsteps of Somerville residents.  Fast forward to 2016 that number for the past two years on average 19 package thefts were reported between Thanksgiving & Christmas holiday season in Somerville, MA. This is about 25% of our yearly reported total. Nevertheless, it is possible that many package thefts are never reported, so this average could be higher. Some arrests were made and some items were recovered. The goal is to reduce this type of theft from happening at all, and residents are the key to make this happen.

 

Although these statistics show an increase during the holiday season, there have been reported package thefts in our area throughout the year. If you haven't started taking steps to prevent your packages from being stolen, you may want to start now. With the steady increase in popularity of online shopping discounts and catalog services, the convenience of home shopping is nevertheless a necessity for some. There are many steps for home shoppers to use and therefore reduce the chance of stolen deliveries. Here are just a few helpful tips to get you started.

1. Have your package delivered to a location where someone can receive it in person. A neighbor or relative who is usually home.

2. If you have an understanding boss, your workplace is a good alternative.

3. Start a neighborhood watch for deliveries and agree to secure each other's packages. This includes being watchful for any stranger who is going onto porches for no reason or following delivery trucks.

4. Hold your package at the shipping facility, if the service is available.

5. Track your deliveries online. Most of you might already do this, an added bonus is allowing text notifications to your cell phone for when the package is delivered.

6. Request a signature confirmation of delivery

7. Provide delivery instructions. Set instructions to leave packages out-of-sight from the street.

Finally, we encourage residents to report package thefts to the SPD. Reports help track specific areas of related theft incidents and help the Somerville Police Department assign officers to those areas. 

 

IRS Phone Call Scams

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---The Somerville Police Department is receiving numerous reports from citizens regarding IRS Phone call scams. The calls indicate that there is a "lawsuit filed against you", and leaves a message for a return phone call number. Please do not call this number. Don't answer unknown phone numbers, since these might be robocalls. Do not speak or touch any buttons during the call, since this might enable more calls in the future. Lastly, report this incident to the IRS. Follow the link below provided by the IRS for more information. 


 

The following information is on the IRS.gov website:

The IRS will never:

  • Call to demand immediate payment, nor will the agency call about taxes owed without first having mailed you a bill.
  • Demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe.
  • Require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit card.
  • Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.
  • Threaten to bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.

If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS and asking for money, here’s what you should do:

If you don’t owe taxes, or have no reason to think that you do:

  • Do not give out any information. Hang up immediately.
  • Contact TIGTA to report the call. Use their “IRS Impersonation Scam Reporting” web page. You can also call 800-366-4484.
  • Report it to the Federal Trade Commission. Use the “FTC Complaint Assistant” on FTC.gov. Please add "IRS Telephone Scam" in the notes.

If you know you owe, or think you may owe tax:

  • Call the IRS at 800-829-1040. IRS workers can help you.

 

You are not the only one receiving these Robocalls, please help spread the word this tax season. Share the important information about IRS Scams with your family, friends and elderly neighbors. Here is an example of an IRS Phone Scam call recorded by a citizen on the news.

IRS Phone Scam Videos

Report all unsolicited email claiming to be from the IRS or an IRS related function to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

If you've experienced any monetary losses due to an IRS-related incident, please report it to the Treasury Inspector General Administration (TIGTA)

Report to TIGTA

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File a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) through their Complaint Assistant to make the information available to investigators:

File a Complaint with the FTC

Stay alert to scams that use the IRS as a lure. Tax season is peak season for these scams, make sure you are not a victim. 

 

 

State House Honorees 2017

Governor Charlie Baker honored Massachusetts State Police Troopers Merrick and Cain, along with our Somerville Police detectives Kilsarys Leguisamon and Derrick Dottin yesterday.  After an around-the-clock manhunt for fugitive James Morales in January, the escapee was finally captured in the Somerville/Cambridge area. Both Somerville Detectives were on their way to a funeral when they saw James Morales walk by their car. Both detectives quickly called into dispatch to check the descriptions for the fugitive Morales. State Trooper Merrick who had been in his cruiser also spotted Morales, jumped out of his cruiser and proceed on foot in pursuit of the fugitive. On Monday, Governor C. Baker publicly recognized these officers bravery and honored them for their work in apprehending the fugitive.  Congratulations!

 

 Detective Leguisamon thanks Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito  Gov. Baker and Detective Dottin, Family  Congratulations Detectives
 Gov. Baker congratulates  Gov. Baker congratulates Detective Leguisamon, Family  Gov. Baker congratulates Detective Leguisamon and Detective Dottin

 

 

 
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