Police Report

The Brigantine Police Department responded to 464 calls for service the week ending March 15. Officers conducted 76 motor vehicle stops in which 26 summonses were issued. There were 55 property checks, 20 community policing incidents, four domestic violence incidents and eight suspicious activity incidents. The police assisted on 23 ambulance calls.

A 42-year-old Brigantine woman was arrested March 8 on an outstanding warrant. She was released pending a court date.

A 34-year-old Brigantine man was arrested March 8 and charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and receiving stolen property.

A 30-year-old Pennsylvania man was arrested March 9 on an outstanding warrant and released pending a court date.

A 51-year-old Atlantic City man was arrested March 9 on an outstanding warrant and released pending a court date.

A 29-year-old Atlantic City man was arrested March 10 and charged with burglary, theft and conspiracy. He also had outstanding warrants. He was released pending a court date.

A 33-year-old Galloway woman was arrested March 10 and charged with burglary, theft, conspiracy, possession of a controlled dangerous substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was released pending a court date.

A 34-year-old Egg Harbor Township man was arrested March 13 and charged with hindering his apprehension. He was lodged into the Atlantic County jail.

A 54-year-old Brigantine man was arrested March 14 and charged with DWI, reckless driving and improper backing. He was released pending a court date.

A 22-year-old Hammonton man was arrested March 15 on an outstanding warrant. He was lodged into the Atlantic County Justice Facility in Lieu of Bail.

Charges are merely accusations and not proof of guilt. In all criminal cases a charged defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

To report a crime anonymously call the Brigantine Police Department at 609-266-7414 or the Atlantic County Crime Stoppers tip line at 800-658-8477.

The Brigantine Police Department is investigating multiple car burglaries and urges residents to be vigilant and keep their car doors locked. Don’t be a victim. Call the police to report anyone suspicious lurking around cars, especially at night. If you see something – say something.

Boat trailer parking

The parking of boats and trailers is prohibited from Dec. 1-May 1. Between May 2 and Nov. 30, it is unlawful to park a boat or trailer in Brigantine for more than 48 hours in such places as parking is authorized unless the owner or operator of the boat or trailer owns or leases the property in front of which said boat or trailer is so parked. Between May 2 and Nov. 30, boats may be parked for longer than 48 hours in any street in front of any legally operated and licensed marina.

Bridge closed

The old Brigantine bridge is closed to fishing due to its deteriorating and unsafe condition. Temporary fencing was erected and police will be checking to make sure that no one is on it. Please stay off of the old bridge.

Telephone scams

Police recently received a call from a citizen who reported receiving a scam telephone call from an unknown man claiming to be from a legal aid center and advising her resident that her son was injured in a motor vehicle accident, and warrants had been issued against him. The caller knew the son’s name and instructed her to wire money to a location.

The citizen had enough smarts to contact her son, who had not been injured or in an accident. The citizen called the phone number back that appeared on the caller ID, and the same scam artist answered the phone “legal aid department.”

Please don’t be the victim of a scam. If you receive a call similar to this, ask a lot of questions and call your loved ones to verify everything.

Tax season

The following was taken from the website of the Internal Revenue Service:

If you get a call from the IRS threatening you with lawsuits or jail unless you pay up immediately … guess what? It’s a scam.

IRS impersonation and tax scams by phone, email, postal mail and text are ongoing. Criminals use more and more creative ploys to trick taxpayers and tax preparers. Don’t be a victim.

The IRS, state tax agencies and the private-sector tax industry are asking for your help in the effort to combat identity theft and fraudulent returns. Working in partnership with you, we can make a difference.

That’s why for the second year in a row, we launched a public awareness campaign that we call “Taxes. Security. Together.” And, we’ve launched a series of security awareness tips that can help protect you from cybercriminals.

The IRS doesn't initiate contact with taxpayers by email, text message or social media channels to request personal or financial information. This includes requests for PIN numbers, passwords or similar access information for credit cards, banks or other financial accounts.

Here are five things scammers often do but the IRS will not do. Any one of these five things is a telltale sign of a scam.

The IRS will never:

• Call to demand immediate payment, nor will the agency call about taxes owed without first having mailed you a bill.

• Demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe.

• Require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit card.

• Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.

• Threaten to bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.

If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS and asking for money, here’s what you should do:

If you don’t owe taxes, or have no reason to think that you do:

• Do not give out any information. Hang up immediately.

• Contact the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, or TIGTA, to report the call. Use their “IRS Impersonation Scam Reporting” webpage. You can also call 800-366-4484.

• Report it to the Federal Trade Commission. Use the “FTC Complaint Assistant” on FTC.gov. Add "IRS Telephone Scam" in the notes.

If you know you owe, or think you may owe tax:

• Call the IRS at 800-829-1040. IRS workers can help you.

Stay alert to scams that use the IRS as a lure. Tax scams can happen any time of year, not just at tax time. For more information see “Tax Scams and Consumer Alerts” on IRS.gov.

Important phone numbers

What number do I call?

Call 911 if it is a life-threatening emergency or a crime in progress.

Call 609-266-7414 if it is not a life-threatening emergency, if you need an officer, or to report suspicious activity. You would also call this number to file a police report.

Call 609-266-7414 for general information or questions about the Brigantine Police Department. Give a suspect and/or vehicle description, if you have one. All tips may be anonymous; however, a phone number may be needed for authorities to contact a caller for additional information.

Will an officer stop and talk to me?

Not unless you specifically request it. If you want to speak with the officer, tell the dispatcher when you call in. Many times the dispatcher will ask if you want the officer to stop by and speak with you.