September 12th, 2012
September 12th, 2012
June 27th, 2013
Area Thefts from Vehicles
The Tilden Township Police Department is conducting an investigation in relation to multiple thefts from vehicles that occurred overnight from 06/25/2013 into 06/26/2013 on the following roads.
First Street Ext, Oak Street, Merry Street, Dusty Lane, Berne Road and Rainbow Drive, Tilden Township.
The investigation has revealed that there may be potential victims on the above roads that have either not reported the thefts or are not aware of the thefts.
The Tilden Township Police Department is asking residents in the area of these roads to check their vehicles and report any thefts they become aware of, however minor.
Anyone with any information is asked to call the Tilden Township Police Department at 610-562-9001.
June 10th, 2013
The Pennsylvania SMP is hearing reports about a new medical alert scam targeting seniors nationwide. The unsolicited scam calls are pre-recorded messages stating that the senior qualifies for a free medical alert system or that someone has already paid for it. The message instructs seniors to press a number on their keypad to connect with a live person, or to press a different number to disconnect the call or be removed from their list.
If you receive a call like this, do not press any buttons, just hang up the phone. These calls are not from a legitimate company; they are attempts to scam seniors by enticing them with a free device and then asking for personal information.
Remember these red flags:
* Unsolicited calls: Be wary of calls that you did not ask to receive. Hang up the phone.
* Asking for personal information: Never give out personal, identifying information to callers, including your checking account, Social Security, or Medicare number.
* Offers involving anything “free”: If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Medical alert systems are not free, and Medicare does not pay for them.
If you believe you may have been the victim of this scam, would like to report another health care scam, or see charges on your Medicare Summary Notice that you don’t recognize, call the SMP at CARIE. We’re here to help. A real person will answer your call. No buttons to push or menus to follow.
February 12th, 2013
A Tilden Township resident reported to township police that the resident had been contacted by a person identifying himself as Attorney David Smith. The male had an Indian accent. The male advised the resident that she was going to be arrested the next day at her work. The male then told the resident that they know where she works. They stated her place of employment and stated her social security number. He then disconnected the call.
This is similar to other scams where they advise a potential victim that there is some sort of legal trouble and that they can pay a fee to resolve it.
While the resident was making the report, her cellular phone rang and it showed the number “911″. The cellular phone was put on speaker phone. A female with an Indian accent identified herself with an office and gave a badge number. She was looking for the resident. When Township Police advised the caller that they knew this was a scam, the caller hung up.
Police called the number provided by the Attorney David Smith, 818-408-8912. A female in an Indian accent answered “Department of Legal Services. Investigative Division” The Police were told they were being transferred to Attorney Alex Watson, who would explain everything. The call was disconnected before any transfer was made.
An internet search for that phone number, 818-408-8912, reveals multiple scam alerts and mentions the name Alex Watson.
Scam artists can use readily available computer services and/or phone cards to fake their caller identification. This is known as Caller ID Spoofing.
Residents are encouraged to verify all information they are told by phone from any person, agency or business. When in doubt, call the agency or business yourself to attempt to verify the information.
February 5th, 2013
Phone Scam Alert: A business in Tilden Township received multiple calls on 02/05/2013 and 01/07/2013 from a male with a foreign accent, possibly Indian. The male kept asking for a particular employee who no longer worked at the business. If the business hung up on the male, he would keep calling back.
A phone call was placed to this male by police. The male advised that the employee at the business had a lawsuit and had failed to pay fees to “the company.” However, he never identified the company name.
The phone number that showed up on the caller ID was (616) 884-9415, which is Michigan area code and prefix.
An internet search of that phone number produces similar stories on various scam related websites.
Residents and business employees are encouraged to verify all information they are told by phone from any person, agency or business. When in doubt, call the agency or business yourself to attempt to verify the information.
January 23rd, 2013
Phone Scam Alert: A restaurant in Tilden Township received a phone call on 01/23/2013 around 1545 hours from a male with a foreign accent, possibly Indian. The male claimed to be from the “State Health Department” and advised the restaurant manager that an inspection was being done the next day. However, before the inspection could proceed, the manager was requested to give her personal cell phone number so that the State Health Department could call her back with an “Inspection ID Number.”
When the manager refused, she was told that she could be fined $500 for the refusal to cooperate. She insisted on getting the caller’s name so that she could call the PA Department of Health herself and verify if the call was legitimate. The male refused and stated that he was going to put his supervisor on the line. Another male with an Indian accent came on the line and began swearing at the manager. He then asked her if she was married or single. The call was disconnected.
The phone number that showed up on the caller ID was (760) 705-8888 which is a California area code and prefix.
Residents and business employees are encouraged to verify all information they are told over the phone by any agency. When in doubt, call the agency yourself to verify information.
December 26th, 2012
PennDOT has dropped the speed limit to 45mph on I-78, I-80 and I-81.
Source: Reading Eagle on Facebook
November 2nd, 2012
HAMBURG AREA MIDDLE SCHOOL WILL BE OPEN TODAY (11/2/12) FROM 3:30 TO 5:30, IF YOU HAVE NO ELECTRIC AND WOULD LIKE A HOT SHOWER. PLEASE FOLLOW THE SIGNS ON THE PREMISES.
October 27th, 2012
Tilden Township and Berks County have issued Declarations of Disaster Emergency and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has issued a Declaration of a State of Emergency.
PEMA Urges Citizens to Prepare Now For Threat of Hurricane Sandy
Information on preparing for the hurricane:
July 12th, 2012
A 22 YOF victim works at Cracker Barrel and was working there on the above date and time when a white male, 5’10″, 275 lbs, black tshirt, black shorts, shaved head, with a possible tattoo on his right forearm, arrived on the lot in a silver mini-van. He proceeded to smash out the window of the victim’s 2012 Hyundai sedan and remove her purse. He then left the lot. An unspecified amount of cash, as well as credit cards and a digital camera were inside the purse.
This same suspect is a person of interest in the use of the same victim’s credit card at Lowe’s around 1600 hours this date for about $1200 worth of purchases.
Anyone with any information on the identity of this suspect is asked to contact the Tilden Township Police Department at 610-562-9001.
Suspect vehicle: silver mini van