Williams Bay Police Department

  • Agency: Williams Bay Police Department
  • Address: 250 Williams St, Williams Bay, 53191 WI
  • Chief: Robert C Pruessing (Chief of Police)
Phone: 262-245-2710
Fax: 262-245-2711

Williams Bay Police Department is located at 250 Williams St, Williams Bay, 53191 WI. The Chief of Police of the department is Robert C Pruessing. The Williams Bay Police Department phone number is 262-245-2710.

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Alliant Energy Scam Utility scams can ramp up anytime throughout the year, but during extreme weather, they’re especially common. Who Is It Targeting: Utility customers of Alliant Energy What Is It: A cold call scam extorting money from customers What Are They After: While this scam has been happening in Wisconsin, reports of similar scams crop up all over the country, especially during times of expected bad weather. A caller dials phone numbers at random and claims to be a customer service rep from the utility company. He explains that your account is past due and your electricity, gas, phone, or another service will be cut off unless you make an immediate payment over the phone. This kind of scam is especially prevalent when very cold or very hot temps are expected because there’s an added sense of panic at the thought of losing electricity in such situations. Faced with having no heat during a winter storm or having your food spoil in the fridge during a heat wave can make otherwise sensible people fall for it. How Can You Avoid It: While some companies do offer the convenience of over-the-phone payments, you will never be threatened with losing your service the first time you’re contacted about an account issue. Utility companies do not require immediate phone payments if your account is past due; you are still able to send a check, use your online bill pay service, or even bring payment to their offices. If you receive a call like this and are concerned it might be genuine, hang up and call the company directly using a verified number, NOT a phone number the caller provided. For full details of this scam check out this article from Sheboygan Press.

The snowmobile trails are closed in the county as of 6 AM today.

When Seconds Count, The Home You Save Could Be Your Own! Please Clean Snow Away From Your Local Fire Hydrants.

Please drive carefully if you have to go out!

Please do not plow snow across roads. It can cause dangerous driving conditions and is illegal.

Building trust with our community one bite at a time! Come sit down with Officer Borgen and enjoy hot coffee and yummy doughnuts!

To report suspicious activity, contact your local law enforcement agency. Describe specifically what you observed, including: Who or what you saw; When you saw it; Where it occurred; and Why it's suspicious. If there is an emergency call 9–1–1.

The Williams Bay Police Department has partnered with the Department of Homeland Security "If You See Something, Say Something" Campaign. Please report suspicious activity to the appropriate law enforcement agency. Our non-emergency phone number is 262-245-2710. This number is answered 24 hours a day by the Walworth County Sheriff's Department Communication Center in the event an officer is not at the Police Department. In an emergency just dial 9-1-1.

Ten Tips for Safe Walking in Snow and Ice Falls account for more than one million injuries in the U.S. annually. There are four types of walking accidents with the most common being the slip and fall. That's the type of fall that happens when you fall due a surface not cleared of snow or ice. "Every winter the hazards of driving in snow and icy conditions are noted, but rarely is walking on snow and ice addressed," said Martin B. Tirado, CAE, Executive Director of the Snow & Ice Management Association. "Slipping and falling while walking accounts for a large number of winter-related injuries and can have an impact on the quality of life for the injured person." SIMA, the national nonprofit organization representing the snow removal industry, has some tips on safe winter walking. TIP #1: Wear proper footwear. Proper footwear should place the entire foot on the surface of the ground and have visible treads. Avoid a smooth sole and opt for a heavy treaded shoe with a flat bottom. TIP #2: Accessorize to see and be seen. Wear sunglasses so that you can see in the reflective light of the snow. Also, wear a bright coat or scarf so that drivers can easily see you. TIP #3: Plan ahead. While walking on snow or ice on sidewalks or in parking lots, walk consciously. Instead of looking down, look up and see where your feet will move next to anticipate ice or an uneven surface. Occasionally scan from left to right to ensure you are not in the way of vehicles or other hazards. TIP #4: Make sure you can hear. While seeing the environment is important, you also want to be sure you can hear approaching traffic and other noises. Avoid listening to music or engaging in conversation that may prevent you from hearing oncoming traffic or snow removal equipment. TIP #5: Anticipate ice. Be weary of thin sheets of ice that may appear as wet pavement (black ice). Often ice will appear in the morning, in shady spots or where the sun shines during the day and melted snow refreezes at night. TIP #6: Walk steps slowly. When walking down steps, be sure to grip handrails firmly and plant your feet securely on each step. TIP #7: Enter a building carefully. When you get to your destination such as school, work, shopping center, etc., be sure to look at the floor as you enter the building. The floor may be wet with melted snow and ice. TIP #8: Be careful when you shift your weight. When stepping off a curb or getting into a car, be careful since shifting your weight may cause an imbalance and result in a fall. TIP #9: Avoid taking shortcuts. Shortcuts are a good idea if you are in a hurry, but may be a bad idea if there is snow and ice on the ground. A shortcut path may be treacherous because it is likely to be located where snow and ice removal is not possible. TIP #10: Look up. Be careful about what you walk under. Injuries also can result from falling snow/ice as it blows, melts, or breaks away from awnings, buildings, etc. Following these tips will help ensure that you survive the snow and ice season safely.

**Please tell your overnight guests as well!** Please don't forget; winter night parking restrictions start November 15th. No person shall park, stop, or leave standing any vehicle on any Village street between 2 AM and 6 AM from November 15 of each year to April 15 of the following year. If you or any guests need to park on the street, you must call in. (262) 245-2710. If there is a snow emergency, no person shall park, stop or leave standing any vehicle upon the streets or any portion of the streets during the hours set forth in the Snow Emergency Proclamation. Please stay safe everyone!

3 tips to keep your eyes healthy during winter While people often think more about staying warm than taking care of their eyes during the winter, eye injury and irritation can just as easily occur in January as in June. Whether you’re hitting the slopes, heading to work or just cozying up by the fire, be aware of your surroundings. It’s easy to take good vision for granted when you should really be taking precautions. Follow these three easy steps to ensure your eyes stay safe and healthy: 1. Keep your eyes moist. �Heat or air circulation from a fire or heater can cause dryness and irritation of the eye. It can be particularly painful and annoying for those who already suffer from dry eye, a chronic condition in which the body doesn’t properly produce tears. Try sitting farther away from heat sources and use artificial tears or a humidifier to alleviate dryness. 2. Wear sunglasses with UV protection. The sun can damage your eyes when it’s cold outside in more ways than when the weather is warm. Snowy conditions double the sun’s effect as ultraviolet (UV) rays can enter your eyes from above and are reflected off the snow into your eyes. Wear sunglasses that block 99 to 100 percent of UV light and throw on a hat or visor if conditions are particularly bright. 3. Wear goggles. It’s very easy for debris — dirt, bark, slush, ice — to get into your eye while you’re being active outdoors. It’s even more likely for things to get trapped in the eye if you’re skiing or hiking behind someone. Sunglasses help, but they don’t do enough; Wear goggles for maximum protection. Find a pair that has enough room for you to wear sunglasses underneath or find a pair with UV protection built in. If you are experiencing particularly uncomfortable dry eye, contact your eye doctor to make an appointment. If you think your eyes may have been damaged by the sun or by debris, seek treatment immediately. © 2018 Your Sight Matters

Please drive safely on slippery roads

AAA recommends the following winter driving tips: Avoid driving while you’re fatigued. Getting the proper amount of rest before taking on winter weather tasks reduces driving risks. Never warm up a vehicle in an enclosed area, such as a garage. Make certain your tires are properly inflated. Never mix radial tires with other tire types. Keep your gas tank at least half full to avoid gas line freeze-up. If possible, avoid using your parking brake in cold, rainy and snowy weather. Do not use cruise control when driving on any slippery surface (wet, ice, sand). Always look and steer where you want to go. Use your seat belt every time you get into your vehicle. Tips for long-distance winter trips: Watch weather reports prior to a long-distance drive or before driving in isolated areas. Delay trips when especially bad weather is expected. If you must leave, let others know your route, destination and estimated time of arrival. Always make sure your vehicle is in peak operating condition by having it inspected by a AAA Approved Auto Repair facility. Keep at least half a tank of gasoline in your vehicle at all times. Pack a cellular telephone with your local AAA’s telephone number, plus blankets, gloves, hats, food, water and any needed medication in your vehicle. If you become snow-bound, stay with your vehicle. It provides temporary shelter and makes it easier for rescuers to locate you. Don’t try to walk in a severe storm. It’s easy to lose sight of your vehicle in blowing snow and become lost. Don’t over exert yourself if you try to push or dig your vehicle out of the snow. Tie a brightly colored cloth to the antenna or place a cloth at the top of a rolled up window to signal distress. At night, keep the dome light on if possible. It only uses a small amount of electricity and will make it easier for rescuers to find you. Make sure the exhaust pipe isn’t clogged with snow, ice or mud. A blocked exhaust could cause deadly carbon monoxide gas to leak into the passenger compartment with the engine running. Use whatever is available to insulate your body from the cold. This could include floor mats, newspapers or paper maps. If possible run the engine and heater just long enough to remove the chill and to conserve gasoline. Tips for driving in the snow: Accelerate and decelerate slowly. Applying the gas slowly to accelerate is the best method for regaining traction and avoiding skids. Don’t try to get moving in a hurry. And take time to slow down for a stoplight. Remember: It takes longer to slow down on icy roads. Drive slowly. Everything takes longer on snow-covered roads. Accelerating, stopping, turning – nothing happens as quickly as on dry pavement. Give yourself time to maneuver by driving slowly. The normal dry pavement following distance of three to four seconds should be increased to eight to ten seconds. This increased margin of safety will provide the longer distance needed if you have to stop. Know your brakes. Whether you have antilock brakes or not, the best way to stop is threshold breaking. Keep the heel of your foot on the floor and use the ball of your foot to apply firm, steady pressure on the brake pedal. Don’t stop if you can avoid it. There’s a big difference in the amount of inertia it takes to start moving from a full stop versus how much it takes to get moving while still rolling. If you can slow down enough to keep rolling until a traffic light changes, do it. Don’t power up hills. Applying extra gas on snow-covered roads just starts your wheels spinning. Try to get a little inertia going before you reach the hill and let that inertia carry you to the top. As you reach the crest of the hill, reduce your speed and proceed down hill as slowly as possible. Don’t stop going up a hill. There’s nothing worse than trying to get moving up a hill on an icy road. Get some inertia going on a flat roadway before you take on the hill. Stay home. If you really don’t have to go out, don’t. Even if you can drive well in the snow, not everyone else can. Don’t tempt fate: If you don’t have somewhere you have to be, watch the snow from indoors. Visit AAA’s YouTube page for more videos on winter driving tips.

Top Ten Red Cross Cold Weather Safety Tips Winter Storm As temperatures drop this winter, the American Red Cross offers ten steps people can take to stay safe during the cold weather. 1. Layer up! Wear layers of lightweight clothing to stay warm. Gloves and a hat will help prevent losing your body heat. 2. Don’t forget your furry friends. Bring pets indoors. If they can’t come inside, make sure they have enough shelter to keep them warm and that they can get to unfrozen water. 3. Remember the three feet rule. If you are using a space heater, place it on a level, hard surface and keep anything flammable at least three feet away – things such as paper, clothing, bedding, curtains or rugs. 4. Requires supervision – Turn off space heaters and make sure fireplace embers are out before leaving the room or going to bed. 5. Don’t catch fire! If you are using a fireplace, use a glass or metal fire screen large enough to catch sparks and rolling logs. 6. Protect your pipes. Run water, even at a trickle, to help prevent your pipes from freezing. Open the kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing. Be sure to move any harmful cleaners and household chemicals out of the reach of children. Keep the garage doors closed if there are water lines in the garage. 7. Better safe than sorry. Keep the thermostat at the same temperature day and night. Your heating bill may be a little higher, but you could avoid a more costly repair job if your pipes freeze and burst. 8. The kitchen is for cooking. Never use a stove or oven to heat your home. 9. Use generators outside. Never operate a generator inside the home, including in the basement or garage. 10. Knowledge is power. Don’t hook a generator up to the home’s wiring. The safest thing to do is to connect the equipment you want to power directly to the outlets on the generator. For more information on how to stay safe during the cold weather, visit winter storm safety. About the American Red Cross: The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at American Red Cross

Happy New Year!!

New Year’s Eve: Tips for a Safe and Healthy Holiday By Dr. David Samadi New Year’s season is one of the most fun and joyous holidays of the year. However, did you know that it is also one of the most dangerous holidays of the year? It is estimated that during Christmas and New Year’s season, almost 95 million Americans will be on the road traveling to visit family and friends. People are much more likely to drink and drive around Jan. 1 than during any other major holiday of the year. Almost half of all car accidents on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day are due to drinking and driving. When planning New Year’s Eve, the majority of people aim to celebrate as best they can and create one of the most memorable nights of the year. This often involves lots of alcohol. While it is hoped that most make responsible plans, many often do not. By not ensuring the safety of yourself and others around you during this night, you put yourself at a higher risk of the biggest dangers surrounding this holiday. Make sure you take the proper precautions to ensure your own safety as well as the safety of those around you. Here’s what you should know to avoid some of the biggest dangers and to stay safe and healthy during the New Year’s season: Don’t drink and drive. Jan. 1 is the No. 1 day of the year with the highest percent of deaths related to alcohol, according to Insurance Institute for Highway Safety data. Between 2007 and 2011, alcohol accounted for 42 percent of all traffic deaths during the holiday. The more alcohol we consume, the slower the activity of the brain, heart and lungs. Before you celebrate, plan ahead. Aim to have a designated driver, or at least to take a cab or an Uber. Beware of other drunk drivers as they are probably more of a worry than yourself. And as always, wear your seatbelt! If you will be drinking, pace yourself. What many people don’t realize when drinking is that our bodies absorb alcohol faster than we metabolize it. Therefore, the faster we drink, the more time the toxins from the alcohol spend in our bodies. As a result, we have harsher hangovers. Aim to drink no more than one drink per hour. Our livers metabolize about one alcoholic drink per hour. Know the difference in the amounts of the types of alcoholic drinks you are consuming, and that one beer does not equal six shots (12 oz. beer = 4-5 oz. of wine = 1.5 oz. of hard liquor). When drinking, sip slowly. Melted ice will dilute drink, so order drinks on-the-rocks. Add more club soda or tonic water to your drinks than alcohol. Know what to mix, and what not to mix. Make sure to stick with the same drink all night. While it is a myth that mixing drinks causes greater intoxication, is remains true that it can often makes people sick and experience worse hangovers. To avoid this, choose light liquors such as vodka. Dark liquors have a higher concentration of toxins which make hangovers more severe. Instead of mixing with soda, use non-carbonated fruit juice or water instead. Carbonated mixers speed up the rate of absorption in the blood. Avoid diet mixers such as Diet Coke. With less sugar and calories, the alcohol goes directly into your bloodstream. Alternate alcoholic drinks with water. Alcohol is a diuretic. This means that the more you drink, the more you have to urinate. More frequent urination leads to dehydration. Dehydration causes hangover symptoms such as headaches and dizziness. Aim to drink at least one large glass of water before and in between drinking alcoholic beverages. You should drink one glass of water for every alcoholic drink you consume. This will also keep you from getting too drunk. Eat before you drink, and snack while you drink. Never drink on an empty stomach. Make sure to eat a full meal before drinking, and continue snacking while drinking. Eating while drinking will slow down the absorption of alcohol in the digestive track. This gives the alcohol more time to metabolize in the body. Aim to eat foods high in protein such as cheese, meat, and nuts. Fatty carbs work well too, however these are not as healthy. Myth: Coffee sobers you up. Many people believe that coffee sobers you up in that the caffeine will speed up alcohol’s metabolism. As a result, many think it is helpful to drink a quick cup of coffee before hitting the road. However, this is a MYTH. Coffee may help you wake up a bit, but will not sober you up. The only cure for being drunk is time. If you need to get home and don’t have time to wait, get a ride from a sober driver or call a cab. You don’t want to risk getting into an accident and hurting yourself, or someone else. Need help with substance abuse or mental health issues? In the U.S., call 800-662-HELP (4357) for the SAMHSA National Helpline.

Top 5 Tips for Holiday Home Safety It’s the season of good cheer and festive gatherings, complete with decorations, lighting, trees and more. While these things help set a jolly holiday tone, they also pose hidden dangers. These tips can help you keep your family and home safe. 1. Holiday Lighting All those twinkle lights help make spirits bright, but they can also start fires. Be careful to choose strands of lights that are flame-resistant. Inspect your older lights and make sure to replace them if the wires are frayed, sockets are cracked or the cord is tightly kinked. Look for a certification mark like UL or ELT to make sure the product complies with safety standards. Don’t overload extension cords. Keep decorations and other flammable materials away from lit candles. And never use electric lights on a metallic tree; a single touch can cause electrocution. Keep children and pets away from light strings or decorations that use electricity. Always turn your lights off when you’re away from home or going to bed. 2. Trees* If you’re buying an artificial tree, look for a “fire-resistant” label. When choosing a live tree, look for fresh green needles that don’t break easily when bent. Set your tree up away from fireplaces, radiators, portable heaters and other heat sources. Heat sources too close to the tree cause roughly one in every six holiday tree fires. Be sure to keep the tree watered, and make sure it doesn’t block any main exits. 3. Decorations Older ornaments may have been painted with lead paint. If you even suspect they were, don’t display them, especially if you have children. Use only nonflammable or fire retardant ornaments. With children in the home, be sure your ornaments are unbreakable and free of sharp edges. Also, hang ornaments with moving parts out of your child’s reach. 4. Entertaining As you’re preparing for guests, keep these safety tips in mind. Don’t leave the kitchen when anything is cooking. Unattended cooking is the leading cause of home fires in the U.S., according to the National Fire Protection Association. Two out of every five home fires start in the kitchen.* Poinsettias are festive. While they are NOT poisonous to pets, according to veterinary experts, they are mildly toxic and CAN cause nausea, vomiting and skin irritation. Keep them out of your pet’s reach or avoid displaying them at all. Be sure the fireplace flue is open BEFORE you light the fire. Keep evergreen boughs, paper and decorations away from the fireplace. Never burn wrapping papers in the fireplace. 5. Security While you’re busy enjoying holiday events, criminals are busy watching your home. So be extra careful about locking doors and windows when you leave home. You should also: Leave a radio or TV on so it looks like someone is home. Keep indoor lights on a timer. Not openly display gifts in front of windows. Ask someone to pick up your mail or newspaper if you’ll be gone for longer periods. Not hide the spare key in obvious places. Burglars know to look under doormats, rocks, flowerpots and above the door. *Reproduced from NFPA’s Fire Prevention Week website, www.firepreventionweek.org. ©2014 NFPA.

11 Tips to Improve Your Home’s Security 1. Change the Locks Remember to change all the locks when you move into a new house. You’ll never know who had access to the keys before you moved in. If you lose the keys to your house, you should also replace all the locks for the maximum home security. 2. Install an Alarm System Alarm systems are one of the best forms of home protection. Home alarm systems immediately inform emergency authorities and warn homeowners of any potential dangers. Seeing that a home has an alarm system often prevents an intruder from even attempting a burglary. Hearing an alarm go off usually sends a burglar running. 3. Conceal All Wiring Burglars often look for wiring around the exterior of a house and can cut it to disable the security system. Keep your home security wires hidden. 4. Give the Appearance That Your House is Occupied Professional burglars scour neighborhoods looking for homeowners who are away from their home for an extended period of time. Automatic timers are great ways to turn lights on and off while you’re away. 5. Don’t Leave Your Key in the Mailbox This is a home security tip that everyone has heard, but many still ignore. One of the easiest ways to enter a home uninvited is by finding a key in the mailbox or under the doormat. Wrap your key in foil and place it in a secret spot that only your family knows about. 6. Light Up the Entrance to Your Home A smart way to keep thieves away is to utilize lighting. Lighting with an infrared detector automatically turns on when someone is in a specific zone or area. No burglar wants to be in easy view while committing a crime. 7. Install Deadbolt Locks All exterior doors should have at least 1 inch thick dead bolt locks. Although more expensive than spring latch locks, dead bolts are much stronger and provide significantly more protection. When installing deadbolts, make sure to leave a minimal amount of space between the door and its frame, as this provides an opportunity for an intruder to pry the door apart. Doors can be reinforced with plywood or a piece of sheet metal. 8. Use Metal Bars on Sliding Doors Any sliding glass doors, patio doors, or sliding windows should have a metal bar that is placed along the bottom track of the door or window. The metal bar can prevent a burglar from forcing the door or window open. 9. Use Interior Door Hinges If your door has hinges on the outside of your house, an intruder can easily remove the hinge pin to gain entry. For optimal home security, remove the door and reset the hinges so that they are on the inside of the house. 10. Protect Your Windows Burglars often gain entry into homes through windows. Protect these vulnerable areas with window locks and/or burglar-resistant glass. Installing many small panes of glass instead of one large pain of glass is a good option as well. 11. Call your local police department. They can check on your house throughout the day and night during the time you are gone. courtesy of ADT Security Systems.

Thank you so much to everyone who dropped presents off at Williams Bay PD & Barrett Memorial Library for the Toys for Tots! We appreciate all the generosity!

Phone Scams Every year, thousands of people lose money to telephone scams — from a few dollars to their life savings. Scammers will say anything to cheat people out of money. Some seem very friendly — calling you by your first name, making small talk, and asking about your family. They may claim to work for a company you trust, or they may send mail or place ads to convince you to call them. If you get a call from someone you don’t know who is trying to sell you something you hadn’t planned to buy, say "No thanks." And, if they pressure you about giving up personal information — like your credit card or Social Security number — it’s likely a scam. Hang up and report it to the Federal Trade Commission. If you suspect fraud, take these steps: 1. Contact the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) or use the Online Complaint Assistant to report most types of frauds. 2. Report the IRS imposter tax collection scams to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) or by calling 1-800-366-4484. How do you report a phone number? Hang up and report it to the Federal Trade Commission at complaints.donotcall.gov or 1-888-382-1222. If you're getting repeated calls from the same number, you might want to ask your service provider to block the number; for calls from different numbers, ask if they offer a service to block unwanted calls. How not to be scammed on the phone? If you get a robocall: 1. Hang up the phone. Don't press 1 to speak to a live operator or any other key to take your number off the list. ... 2. Consider asking your phone company whether they charge for blocking phone numbers. ... 3. Report your experience to the FTC online or by calling 1-888-382-1222. https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0076-phone-scams