October 11 – Neighborhood Safety Meeting - APD
October 28 – Howlin’ Hustle 5K – Calvary United Methodist
In the last 24 hours Annapolis Police officers responded to 112 calls for service and arrested 4 people.
Card Skimming Device Found – 201700004189 – 400 block of Sixth St – 10/04 at 12:40pm: Employees of the bank reported an unusual device affixed to the PIN pad shield of the outside ATM machine. It was determined that the original PIN pad shield had been replaced with one with a device attached designed to capture the PINs of people using the ATM. Employees believe the device was placed on the ATM the day it was discovered.
Theft from Vehicle – 201700004191 – Unit block of Silverwood Circle – 09/30 at 1pm to 10/03 at 9am: An inhaler was stolen from an apparently unlocked vehicle.
Theft from Vehicle – 201700004198 – 1200 block of Van Buren Dr – 10/04 at 8:40pm: An Apple iPod was stolen from an unlocked vehicle.
Card skimming is a common type of fraud starts with the victim’s card details being captured by a skimming device placed on an ATM or any payment location where the card is swiped. Thieves prefer locations that are not staffed by employees, like at the gas pump, outdoor ATM machines, and stand alone ATM machines.
How does this work? Thieves install a look-a-like device over the existing card reader and the device captures your card information. They may even install a camera or overlay key pad to capture your PIN as well. Thieves then sell the information and/or make clones of your card and use it online or anywhere.
Where does this happen? Anywhere there are card readers: grocery stores, banks, gas stations, and stand alone ATM machines.
What can you do? Check for tampering before using your card. Look for different colors, materials, typeface, or graphics used on the payment location. If there are two ATMs next to each other compare them and see if there are any differences. Grab the card reader surround and jiggle it, check to see if the keyboard is securely attached. If something doesn't look right, isn't aligned, or wiggles don't use the card reader. Alert the business and/or the police. Also, when you use an ATM or payment location always assume someone is watching you enter your PIN. Put your other hand up to cover the hand entering the PIN. If there is a camera trying to capture the PIN your hand will block it. And even if there is a skimmer placed on the card reader, without your PIN the information becomes harder to use.
Finally, it is important to report these incidents to the business and the police as soon as possible. If you believe you've been the victim of a fraud report it to us, you can start the process by calling our Dispatchers at 410-268-4141.
No citizen fingerprinting will be offered on Monday, October 9. Citizen fingerprinting will resume Monday, October 16 at 6:30pm.
Neighborhood Safety Meeting
The next Neighborhood Safety meeting will be held, Wednesday, October 11 from 6:30pm to 8pm at Annapolis Police Headquarters, 199 Taylor Avenue. Anyone is welcome to attend this meeting. As always we will be going over the current crime trends in Annapolis. Food will be served so please RSVP to Corporal Amy Miguez at 410-268-9000 ext. 7261 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Howlin’ Hustle 5K
Join us at the 2017 Howlin’ Hustle, a 5K Walk/Run, presented by the Annapolis Police Department in support of Special Olympics Maryland. It is a 5K course around beautiful Annapolis on October 28th and is guaranteed to be a spooktackular good time. Registration will open at 6:30am and the 5K will begin at 7:30am. Costumes are encouraged as there will be awards for best individual and team costumes. http://www.kintera.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=1174586