Kelly: Thank you for funds used for detention-van video cameras

Back in December 2017, I reached out to our community and asked for financial support to purchase and install video cameras into the police department’s detention vans. This, as I noted, was sought because the world of law enforcement was changing and the need to monitor suspects had become ever more critical. The need was […]

AJPD offers tips to avoid becoming a victim of fraud or con games

The Apache Junction Police Department would like the Apache Junction residents to start the New Year prepared with the tools they need to avoid becoming victims of fraud or con-games.

If you are offered a deal that sounds too good to be true, it usually is.

Most people think they could not be tricked, fooled or conned into handing over money for fraudulent deals, but it happens often.

Con artists are experts in human psychology and behavior. They know how to gain your confidence with smooth talk and a self-assured manner.

High-pressure sales are another ploy used by con artists. You can’t recognize a con artist by the way someone looks or dresses, but you can be on the alert for con artists and consumer frauds.

Telemarketing is a common method of stealing from senior citizens. Telephone fraud con artists spend a lot of time polishing”their lines for enticing seniors to buy.

Here are some tips that can alert you to telemarketing scams:

•You must act now.

•You’ve won a “free” gift or vacation.

•Pay only postage and handling.

•You must send money, give a credit card number, a bank account number or have a check picked up by a carrier before you have a chance to carefully consider the offer.

•You don’t need to research their company with anyone, including a lawyer, accountant, Better Business Bureau or other consumer protection agency.

•You don’t need written information about their company or references.

•You can’t afford to miss this “high profit, no risk offer.

Apache Junction police offers free security programs, services

Now that the fall season has begun and the temperatures have started to cool down we see many of our winter residents begin to return. The Apache Junction Police Department wants to welcome our returning and new winter residents back.

I would like to remind both our winter residents and those die-hard year-round residents of the many programs and services we offer to help our residents stay safe and thrive in our wonderful community.

The following reflect on some of the programs and services available. These, while not all inclusive, are opportunities and benefits you as resident of Apache Junction have while partnering with your police department to decrease and deter crime in our community.

•Neighborhood Watch: Empowering citizens to help reduce their chances of becoming a victim through education, teamwork and a partnership with the police.