The Glen Rock Police Department wishes everyone a happy, healthy holiday season and safe New Year. We also wish to remind everyone that the holiday season and New Year’s Eve are notorious for being the most dangerous driving time of the year. Whether you’re celebrating with friends in Glen Rock this year or traveling for the holidays, be sure to follow these tips to ensure a safe arrival home:
- One of the most basic ways to help keep the streets safe on New Year’s Eve is to ensure that the person driving your group from point A to point B is sober.
- If you see someone you think is about to drive while impaired, take their keys and help them get home safely.
- Stick together: Going to parties, bars and dance clubs can be hectic, and with too much alcohol, some people lose control. Traveling in groups creates a safety net.
- Walking while intoxicated can be just as dangerous as drunk driving. Designate a sober friend to walk you home.
- If you must drive, be aware of your surroundings, drive defensively and call the police if you see anything illegal or suspicious taking place. As always, wear your seat belt and don’t drive distracted.
10:41 AM – A Glen Rock man reported that over the past few months he has received letters from multiple financial institutions concerning credit and bank accounts opened in his name. The complainant has followed up with each financial institution concerning the fraudulent activity, however, the source has not yet been identified. The detective bureau is currently reviewing the documentation supplied by the complainant.
5:55 PM – A Glen Rock woman reported that she detected a problem with her cellphone when she attempted to send a text message. When she contacted Verizon, she was informed that her phone number had been “ported” to another carrier. Verizon is in the process of attempting to regain the phone number and warned the complainant about the possibility of identity theft.
The major mobile phone carriers are warning their customers that thieves are trying to “port” mobile telephone numbers to another carrier, which allows them to steal your identity, messages and call information. The major carriers admit that this has been an issue in the industry for several years. However, it seems to be happening more and more.
Most of the time, people who fall victim to this don’t even realize that this has happened to them until they notice that they no longer have service. By that time, the crook has had enough time to not only change all of your passwords on other accounts, they also have had time to steal your money and gain access to other pieces of information, such as your Social Security number or any account number associated with any account your phone may be connected to.
Each of the mobile phone carriers have safeguards which customers can use to protect themselves. Subscribers are encouraged to contact their carrier to learn more about these safeguards.
8:50 PM – A 19-year-old Bronx NY woman alleged that she was being harassed by a New York City man she met on the dating app “Tinder”. She had gone out on one date with him, in New York City, but did not pursue a dating relationship. The man had subsequently asked her to accept money from him via a mobile cash transfer app and then asked her to return the money to him as his laptop was broken and he could not complete the transaction. When she was slow to respond, he allegedly began to threaten her, claiming that he would show up at her school, also in New York City, with some of his friends.
Officers found that no offense had been committed in the State of New Jersey, nor could the woman explain why she traveled to Glen Rock to make this report. She was advised of her options and referred to the New York City Police Department as well as her college campus public safety department.
10:59 PM – Officials at the Sikh Temple on Prospect Street reported that a male subject entered the temple and began walking around while behaving strangely. While he did not make any overt threats, the man wandered around the interior of the temple repeatedly stating that they were doing a great job and making a “thumbs up” gesture. The man, who was described only as a white male, departed the area in a white Chevy SUV with “Jesus Christ is King” and other words in Spanish on the windows and bumper stickers, as well as an American flag.
8:49 AM – Patrols responded to the Bergen Line Train Station along with EMS personnel to assist the NJ Transit Police with a commuter who was dragged by a train. The subject, a 33-year-old Ridgewood woman, appeared to have gotten her coat caught on the train and was dragged down the platform before falling. She was transported to St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Paterson with serious, but non-life-threatening injuries. The matter is being investigated by the NJ Transit Police. The Glen Rock Fire Department also assisted at the scene.