September 12th, 2012
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“In an effort to help reduce crime and further strengthen local community oriented policing efforts, the Berks County District Attorney’s Office recently went live at CrimeMapping.com. CrimeMapping.com is a nationwide public mapping service that allows residents to analyze interactive maps of recent crime activity. Visitors to the site can generate reports, search by location and filter for different time periods as well as crime types. Keeping the public well informed has been proven effective as a crime fighting strategy.”
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 11th, 2012
Residents are encouraged to lock their property and vehicles!!
Our department has taken another seven reports for entry to unlocked vehicles in various areas of the township in the last 36 hours including vehicles that were entered by way of an unlocked garage.
Please report any suspicious activity immediately by either dialing 911 or dispatch at 610-655-4911.