Tower Lakes Police Department

  • Agency: Tower Lakes Police Department
  • Address: 400 N IL Route 59, Tower Lakes, 60010 IL
  • Chief: Samuel P. Sinacore (Chief of Police)
Phone: 847-526-0444
Fax: 847-526-0567

Tower Lakes Police Department is located at 400 N IL Route 59, Tower Lakes, 60010 IL. The Chief of Police of the department is Samuel P. Sinacore. The Tower Lakes Police Department phone number is 847-526-0444.

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Please be aware that scam phone calls are being made about family members being kidnapped, are going around again. Virtual kidnapping takes on many forms, it is always an extortion scheme – one that tricks victims into paying a ransom to free a loved one they believe is being threatened with violence or death. The calls are random and could come at any point, day or night. The caller will usually say they’ve kidnapped a relative and wants money wired over in exchange for their release. Through social media, they can even identify the relative by name, making the call even more credible. A lot of times they give you very little information and let your imagination go to the worst place possible, The person had left the house, the family tried to call him, he wasn’t answering the phone, so they believed the incident to be real, The family started scrambling, trying to get cash together. Before any payments were made, the police were able to reassure them by locating their loved one safe and sound. To them, it seemed real. What they do is prey on people and they say something about a relative. They prey on people and their insecurities. Anyone who receives a phone call like this should hang up and contact your loved one to make sure they are safe. Do not allow the caller to create panic and do not send money to someone you do not know.” If you do receive a phone call like this, contact your local police department.

Here They Come! Your new Medicare card is on the way! The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) just began mailing them to residents of Illinois. You do not have to do anything to get your new card as long as your address is up to date. Watch for it to arrive in the mail. Below is a sample of what the new Medicare card will look like. It will still be red, white, and blue, will include your name, your new, unique Medicare number, and the effective dates for Medicare Parts A & B. Notice that Social Security numbers have been removed! That is to help protect you from identity theft - a reason why everyone on Medicare is receiving a new card with a new number. The new Medicare cards are beginning to be mailed out now for Illinois residents. It will take time for CMS to mail new cards to everybody; therefore, you may receive your new card at a different time than family, friends, and neighbors. If you don't receive your new card by April 2019, check with the Social Security Administration to make sure that your address is correct. Beware of Scammers! Often when new policies or changes take effect that is the time when scammers get creative. New cards and new numbers mean new scams. Watch out for these type of scams and calls: • The person who tells you that they work for Medicare and asks you to verify your old Medicare number so that they can mail you a new card. • The person "from Medicare" who tells you that you must pay money in exchange for a new card. • The person who threatens to cancel your Medicare benefits if you do not give out personal information or money. Remember, Medicare will NEVER call you and ask for personal information, money, or threaten to cancel your health benefits. Here are some tips to help prevent potential fraud: • Treat your Medicare number like a credit card. • Only share your Medicare number with trusted providers. • Only carry your Medicare card in your wallet when need it. • Begin to use your new Medicare card as soon as it arrives; take it to your next appointment. • Safely and securely destroy your old Medicare card.

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Justice Department Coordinates Nationwide Elder Fraud Sweep of More Than 250 Defendants The Department of Justice (DOJ) and law enforcement partners recently announced the largest coordinated sweep of elder fraud cases in history which included over 250 defendants from around the world. More than a million Americans fell victim to the schemes, most of whom were elderly. Some examples of the different type of scams include: Mass-mailing scams promise consumers good fortune or wealth in exchange for a formal acceptance of payment. Lottery phone scams convince consumers to pay a large fee or taxes before they can receive winnings. Grandparent scams convince seniors that their grandchildren have been arrested and need bail money. IRS impostor scams persuade consumers to believe that they owe back taxes by impersonating IRS agents. The DOJ reports that older adults lose approximately $36.5 billion annually to elder financial abuse. In this recent sweep of elder fraud abuse, the DOJ estimates that $500 million was lost due to those involved in these scams. Read the DOJ press release here for more information.

FedEx Malware / Spam e-mail. Please do not open any e-mails from FedEx with shipping or tracking information. If you click on the link it runs a virus on your computer which can only removed by reinstalling your operating system. Please be very cautious when receiving e-mail that you are not expecting, and never click on any attached files or links in the e-mail. This would be a good time to remember to do a system backup of your personal computers. Remember that time change is this Sunday at 2am. Contributed by Officer Moravac

More than 200 laws will take effect thanks to actions by Illinois citizens and activists working with lawmakers: improvements, refinements and updates to reflect changing times and needs. These are the most interesting new laws to give you a quick overview of what's coming your way. 10. Sticker shock or driving hazard? Those great deals might get you onto the lot, but a new law makes sure stickers, decals, paperwork and other items that may obstruct your view are off the windshield and windows before you drive away. The new law also includes test-drives. Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White said the bill stems from the death of Brendan Burke, who was killed in a crash by someone who was test-driving a vehicle that had decals and paperwork blocking his view. HB733 Sen. Cristina Castro 9. Gift of Life Hundreds of Illinoisans are waiting for life-saving organ transplants. A new state law gives 16- and 17-year olds the option of signing up to be organ and tissue donors when they apply for a driver's license or identification card. HB1805 Sen. Mattie Hunter 8. Expelled from preschool? Early childhood programs will need to find services to help young children resolve problems rather than simply kicking them out. HB2663 Sen. Kimberly Lightford 7. Personal security in the internet age: Intimidation, stalking, cyber- stalking or transmission of obscene messages could be considered hate crimes. HB3711 Sen. Omar Aquino A related measure expands cyberstalking penalties to cover tracking software and threats. HB3251 Sen. Tom Cullerton 6. Happy Obama Day August 4 is our 44th President's birthday. It's also now Barack Obama Day in Illinois to honor the Chicagoan's historic election and two terms in the White House. SB55 Sen. Emil Jones, III 5. A call for empowerment: Domestic violence victims won't have to pay to break cell phone contracts and can keep their numbers when they leave their abusers. A new law lets them keep their number and save the related costs for a new account. SB57 Sen. Steve Stadelman 4. Know what you're paying for: Women often end up paying more than men for dry cleaning, haircuts and other services. A new state law requires price lists for standard services so customers can make more informed decisions. SB298 Sen. Melinda Bush 3. Divorce goes to the dogs: When pets are considered marital assets, who gets custody can become part of the proceedings. SB1261 Sen. Linda Holmes - Starting in 2018, divorcing couples in Illinois who can't agree on who keeps the pet will have a judge decide. Traditionally, companion animals are treated more like property to be divvied up between the couple. But officials say, with the rise of two-income, childless families, the issue of pet custody has been appearing in courtrooms more and more often. So starting January 1st, judges will have clear guidance when deciding whether to award sole custody to one pet parent or mandate they share custody. Factors will include things like who takes care of the pet on a day-to-day basis and who spends more money on things like food or vaccinations. ABC News Chicago

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This post is a little long, but if you have younger kids (12 to 16), who use social media, you should be aware of this new app called Yellow. Yellow is an app that describes itself as “a new social to make new friends and spend time with them with chat and live videos.” Yellow does much more than that, it is the Tinder for teens: an app that allows teens to meet strangers and indicate if they are interested in meeting them in person. How it works The mobile phone app is free to download. To create a Yellow profile, users must enter their Snapchat username, and give their first name, gender and date of birth. Users can then choose who they would like to connect with; boys, girls or both. Finally, users can then upload a profile picture and up to 5 other photos. The design of the app is similar to Tinder and encourages users to describe themselves using emoji’s, a feature that would appeal to younger users. Yellow uses location technology to find other users nearby, therefore anyone who wishes to sign-up must enable their location on their device. This brings up obvious risks for young people sharing their location online. Users also have the option to connect their Instagram account to their Yellow profile. (Webwise, 2017) Teens using the Yellow app swipe right if they see someone they want to connect with and swipe left if they are not interested. This is the same method used by Tinder users to facilitate “hook-ups.” If both Yellow users swipe right on each other, their Snapchat identities are automatically added to their Yellow contact lists. Once the connection is made, the users can message each other though Yellow or through Snapchat. And, as we know, Snapchat messages can be deleted before parents are aware of their contents. What makes the Yellow app so concerning is that it embodies one of the most dangerous aspects of social media: It allows teens the ability to easily meet people (strangers) outside their parent’s sphere of knowledge or control. If that did not sound dangerous enough, Yellow is matching you with another person geographically near them, facilitating face-to-face meetings. Yellow also connects to one of the most popular apps for teens: Snapchat. Snapchat (Cyber Safety Cop does not recommend minors use Snapchat) allows users to send each other photos and videos that disappear after a few seconds, something that has previously caused concern with parents around sexting. Age Restrictions Yellow is rated 12+ on iTunes for: Infrequent/Mild Profanity or Crude Humor, Infrequent/Mild Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References, Infrequent/Mild Sexual Content and Nudity, and Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes. Reporting tools Users can report other profiles, this can be done simply by clicking on the flag icon in the top left corner of the profile you wish to report. The app will then ask users to select a reason for the report from a list of options. Privacy and Terms of Service At the time of writing this article there was no clear information available on the Yellow website or in the within the app about terms of service and privacy, which is concerning. This is not unusual, as new apps scramble to get out on the market, app creators tend to deal with safety issues as they arise rather than in the design phase. We always recommend reading terms of service and privacy information before downloading any app. Advice for parents It is important for parents to be aware of what apps and social networks their child is using. Yellow app is not safe for children of any age. We are very disappointed Yellow is rated 12+, a more appropriate rating would be 17+. Yellow, like all apps, does not have an age verification. Parents should be using parental controls on their child’s device and password protect their child’s ability to download apps.

I think the Chief is on a mission........................

Just wanted to say that Commander Colasuomo stopped me today, gave me a ticket for an expired license plate on a trailer. You may not hear this very much, but he was very polite, courteous, and just seemed to be a genuinely nice guy. Wanted to let you know this, these all all people want to talk about is negativity, keep up the good work and stay safe! Thank you!

Over the last two weeks, there has been an upsurge of burglary to motor vehicles and dwellings have taken place within several northern suburbs. The majority of vehicles or homes burglarized were unlocked and targeted by thieves looking for an easy score. The subjects who commit these acts often find their mark by walking the streets at night, pulling on the door handles of vehicles until an unlocked door is found. Once inside a car or house, it takes only a matter of seconds for your hard-earned valuables to be taken. The most commonly taken items are cash/coins, telephones, sunglasses, prescription medication, and car keys. At least seven motor vehicle thefts have occurred as a result of keys that were found in unlocked vehicles. The Tower Lakes Police Department reminds residents of how to avoid becoming the next burglary victim: Always lock the windows and doors of your home and automobile. Report suspicious activity. Call the police if you see anyone loitering around a home or vehicle, pulling on door handles, or otherwise acting suspiciously. Take your keys with you! Never leave your keys or key fob (including spares) unattended inside the vehicle, especially not in the ignition. House keys should not be in plain view. Be mindful of where you park. Choose well-lit, visible, and busy areas. Ready any alarm system in your home or anti-theft device on your vehicle. Mark valuables with your driver's license number or some other identifying info so if recovered, they can be returned to you. Make a police report; if you are the victim of a burglary, even if nothing or only insignificant items were taken. This will help us track crime patterns and apprehend the persons responsible.

FLOODING AND NATURAL DISASTER COME OUT OF NOWHERE Everybody is in a state of chaos. They want to give they want to help and you get your pocket picked. When working with contractors. Never pay cash. Get a contract. Find out what materials they're going to use. Get deadlines Get three estimates. Watch out for FEMA Impersonators. A FEMA representative will have an ID badge, a vest, and will be completely open and honest and will never ask for money. If you're looking for a new vehicle, watch out for one that has been flooded. "Number one, believe it or not, a musty smell. That's first. If they've aired that out, you want to look for unusual surface rust patterns where it shouldn't be, like on the interior. You want to turn on your ignition switch and make sure all your gauges light up. You want to check the wires under the dash board and make sure they're still soft. If they're hard and crispy, it’s been underwater Check the title history to be safe. People are not quite ready for the amount of scamming that's going to come in the wake of these disasters.

AlphaBay and Hansa dark web markets shut down Two of the largest dark web marketplaces have been shut down following a "landmark" international law enforcement investigation. The AlphaBay and Hansa sites had been associated with the trade in illicit items such as drugs, weapons, malware and stolen data. According to Europol, there were more than 250,000 listings for illegal drugs and toxic chemicals on AlphaBay. Hansa was seized and covertly monitored for a month before being deactivated. The agency said it believed the bust would lead to hundreds of new investigations in Europe. "The capability of drug traffickers and other serious criminals around the world has taken a serious hit today," said Europol's executive director Rob Wainwright. It was a "landmark" operation, according to US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) director Andrew McCabe. AlphaBay has been offline since early July, fuelling suspicions among users that a law enforcement crackdown had taken place. 'You cannot hide' "We know of several Americans who were killed by drugs on AlphaBay," said US Attorney General Jeff Sessions. "One victim was just 18 years old when in February she overdosed on a powerful synthetic opioid which she had bought on AlphaBay." He also said a 13-year-old boy died after overdosing on a synthetic opioid bought by a high school classmate via the site. Mr Sessions cautioned criminals from thinking that they could evade prosecution by using the dark web: "You cannot hide," he said, "We will find you."

Did you know that legitimate computer companies will never contact computer users via pop-up screens or telephone calls? Here are a few tips if you get a pop-up warning: • Never call the toll-free phone number provided. • Do Not Click anywhere in the pop-up window. • Close the browser from the task bar or the task manager. • Reboot your computer by turning it off and back on. • If all else fails, take the computer to an authorized computer store.

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Blue Whale Challenge Attention: Safety Alert July 7, 2017 Tower Lakes Police would like to bring to your attention as parents to monitor their children’s social media activity for a new game that challenges participants to harm themselves. The game, “Blue Whale Challenge,” is very concerning” for targeting a “very vulnerable population.” A new online trend called the Blue Whale Challenge is goading young teens into killing themselves. The viral craze has reportedly been linked to 130 deaths in Russia and is starting to spread all over the world. “The Blue Whale Challenge is an app that instructs its participants (many preteens) to carry out increasingly dangerous tasks and self-harm over 50 days,” “Users are encouraged to tag friends on social media and ‘challenge’ them to participate in the game.” According to a USA Today article from earlier this year, challenges start with something as simple as watching a scary movie. But the tasks escalate to things like cutting, and by the 50th day participants are supposed to commit suicide. Social media platforms like Instagram, Snapchat and YouTube can be used for the game. Parents are encouraged to talk to their children about any new games or challenges their friends may be playing. We encouraged parents to search their children’s social media accounts for use of the #BlueWhaleChallenge hashtag or photos of a blue whale. “This post is not meant to alarm anyone, but rather to encourage parents to be proactive in protecting their children from potential negative influences on the internet. Once a player is in, a group administrator assigns daily tasks to members in a span of 50 days. The tasks include horrific acts such as inflicting self-harm, watching horror movies and waking up at unusual hours at night. Every time a player completes a task, he/she must send a photo or video for proof. Each day, the tasks get more and more extreme. On the 50th day, players are told to kill themselves. If a player refuses to commit suicide, the administrator will threaten to expose all the information acquired during the game or inflict harm on their loved ones. Even though the game is thought to have originated in Russia, it has reportedly spread to other countries including Ukraine, Spain, Portugal, Argentina and France. A postman named Ilya Sidorov was arrested in Russia in June after he was alleged to be the one operating the sick suicide game. Sidorov confessed to coaxing members of an online death group into killing themselves. He is said to be responsible for the deaths of as many as 32 teens. Sidorov is not the sole supervisor of the said game. Various online groups reportedly operate under the same scheme. The police in various countries are still in search of others who are linked to the said suicide groups. Countries such as the United Kingdom and the United States have issued memos to parents and students to prevent similar incidents from happening.

Laced Gummy Bears - July 7, 2017 ALERT Police in Indiana reported that 11 teenagers became ill and had to be hospitalized after they consumed gummy bears reportedly laced with THC, a substance associated with and found in marijuana. “All complained of rapid heart rate, pain in their legs and blurred vision; several were suffering from hallucinations. Police were able to determine that the gummy bears were in fact laced with THC, also known as tetrahydrocannabinol, a substance found in marijuana. According to the sheriff’s office, a deputy determined that they each ate one half of a gummy bear that supposedly contained THC. All of the teens were from Fishers, and they are believed to have been staying at a relative’s home. Nine of the teens are 18-years-old and two were 19-years-old; six were males and five were females. Two of the patients were tested and were found to have high levels of THC in their system. Police are still trying to determine where the teens got the drugs.

Jennifer Mazz Mazzolini (Photographer) Kathy Deka (Photographer)

Jennifer Mazz Mazzolini (Photographer) Kathy Deka (Photographer)

TOWER LAKES POLICE DEPARTMENT CRIME ALERT The Tower Lakes Police Department is alerting residents to be vigilant in the prevention of ruse burglaries. Recently there have been an increase of ruse burglaries in surrounding areas. A ruse burglary is a crime in which someone distracts the homeowner or gains entry by means of deception while a second person enters the home and looks for things to steal, typically jewelry and cash. Police are reminding residents to not allow strangers access to their yard, home or garage. Residents are urged to request Village identification from any non-uniformed persons identifying themselves as a Village employee seeking access to their property. Call 911 immediately to report any suspicious people or vehicles that are parked in the neighborhoods. You may also send an email to investigations@towerlakes-il.gov if you have any helpful information on suspicious activity occurring in your neighborhood. Ruse burglaries are a favorite method of operation for residential burglary and often prey on senior citizens. Residents should be wary of anyone using the following statements: • "I work for the Water Department." • "I did work for you in the past... “ • "Do you remember me ...” • 'Tm here to check your property lines for a new fence ... " • "Does he/she still live here?" • "I'm doing some work in the neighborhood ... " • "I work for the Village of Tower Lakes ... " Residents are advised to take these precautions: • Don't let strangers into your home. • Keep your doors locked. • Don't go outside or into the backyard with a stranger. • Don't give out personal information. If you have any suspicions, never hesitate to contact the police department immediately. Samuel P. Sinacore Chief of Police

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