August 7, 2013 at 12:33 AM
MADISON, NJ - The Madison Police Department celebrated National Night Out by attending block parties and educating residents on crime prevention measures and how to increase community safety.
Information was provided on how officers are trained, how vehicles are equipped when in the line of duty, and some important tips were shared with respect to some of the most common crimes committed--automobile and identity theft.
Detective Kenneth Shannon said, “High-end car thefts are huge right now. Pass it on to your friends. People leave their key fobs inside their cars all the time. When a high-end car locks and you keep the key fob in your possession, the side view mirrors retract. When side view mirrors are not turned in, it’s obvious to thieves the key fob is probably in the vehicle, and that’s how cars get stolen,” Shannon said.
“We need your help,” said Chief Darren Dachisen. "We have to have a collaborative effort. When you see something happen, don’t wait. Whatever it is, call immediately. Don’t wait a day or two to report something you’ve observed. That’s when it’s too late,” he said.
Detective Kenneth Shannon also indicated that credit card theft and fraud is another major issue. “Be careful at the ATM machines. Look around. Watch what is happening around you. Thieves can scan the number of your card using radio frequency just by doing a walk-by,” Shannon said. Credit card numbers are being scanned by a system separate from that of the actual credit card machine.
Shannon indicated there is a Tyvek radio frequency identification blocking credit card sleeve available. They’re used by financial institutions as a protective sleeve for ATM, debit and credit cards. Using the sleeve protects the card from unknown or unauthorized access.
Additional themes discussed throughout neighborhoods included how to be a good witness, bicycle/pedestrian safety and neighborhood watch. Approximately 20 residents volunteered to host block parties welcoming six teams of officers which were deployed and assigned to those given areas.
National Night Out, which began in 1984, marked its 30th year in an effort to help promote a safer America.