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Watch Word

“We’re Watching”   www.willingborowatch.org

Our Mission

The Willingboro Neighborhood Watch has been organized to promote the education of residents and businesses in the Township of Willingboro in areas of crime prevention and quality of life and to assist in the safeguarding of the community, its residents and their properties through voluntary activities including public information, problem solutions and addressing Township problems and concerns.

Neighborhood Watch is based on the premise that the role of watch groups is only to serve as the eyes and ears of law enforcement.  We encourage individual groups to work directly with their local law enforcement agencies to develop procedures for reporting suspicious activities.  At no time do we advocate any intervention actions by any watch group or individual.

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President’s Message

Hello members,

Well it seems that Mother Nature is having a field day anymore, giving us rain, high wind, tornadoes and scorching temperatures.  It’s enough to drive us crazy.  I would like to remind everyone to check on your neighbors, especially our senior citizens or those with health issues.  Make sure that they are ok and have everything they need to stay cool.

To avoid dehydration, make sure to drink a lot of water.  During those times of heat, do not concern yourselves about yard work etc.   Your well-being is more important. Stay indoors if you do not have to go out.

This brings to mind how fast this year is going, and before long we will be celebrating Christmas etc. and we will be dealing with cold weather.  So enjoy the rest of your summer and be safe.

This year Neighborhood Watch will be celebrating our 20th anniversary, so our Social in November will be very special!!!!

Take care and stay cool!!

Many changes have taken place, one being that we will now meet every other month, and the other being that Charlotte and Mary Jane will be greatly missed as our past President and Vice President.  Thank you for all you have done for Neighborhood Watch over the years and the guidance you gave all of us.  I know that you will always be available for guidance.   

This is all part of life’s changes.  I want to welcome our new board members:   Yvonne Arnold as our new Vice President, Lisa Peperissa, Joan Agudelo and Ferny Agudelo as our new directors.  Thank you for volunteering.  It is greatly appreciated.

I want to thank our Police Department for their support over the years, the Crime Prevention Unit and their support, the Willingboro Education Association, and most of all thanks to our wonderful members for showing up at our meetings.  You are the icing on the cake of all we try to do.  

Our meetings are held in the Willingboro Senior Center from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM on the last Wednesday every other month.

We look forward to seeing you.  Bring a friend.  

Josselyne

General Meeting Minutes Overview

May 29, 2019

President Joss Jackson:  On June 21, Community Day will be held at Country Club Administration Building from 12 pm – 6 pm.  It is sponsored by the Willingboro Board of Education.

Police Department:  Lt Welch, Sgt. Rodriguez and Officer Malone gave  an overview of the major & minor crimes that happened in March, April and May.  First, Lt Welch said Brenda Stone, Crime Analyst will give a presentation about the township street cameras after the WNW meeting in a separate room.

Komono Lomon is the new Willingboro Police Department Director. Director Lomon has been with the department for almost 20 years. 

The following personnel are retiring: Captain Hawkins, July 1 and Detective Walker, August 1.  The Police department is hiring 4 police officers and is in the process of conducting background checks.  The Police Department recruits from Willingboro resident applicants list first.  If no applicants are hired, the department will open the search to the County residents. Two Lt’s, two Sergeants and a Captain were recently promoted.  Two officers resigned. 

The murder of the 21 year old female on March 7 on Medley Lane has been solved by the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office. The individual is currently in jail awaiting trial.  The other murder that took place on February 17 is under investigation via the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office.

Lt Welch said the police department allows individuals who make online deals to utilize the parking area behind the police station for their safety. In addition, Lt Welch recommends individuals who make online deals with a stranger to utilize a safe location such as Wawa parking lot because it has cameras and well lit. For a detailed listing of crimes in Willingboro, please call (609) 877-3001, visit their website at www.willingboropolice.com or Facebook. 

Cheri Fodor, Crime Prevention: Cheri can be contacted at (609) 877-2200 ext.1065. Cheri invites WNW to set up a table display at National Night Out, Monday, August 5 from 6 pm - 8:30 pm at Mill Creek Park in Area D.  Youth Police Academy will run July 15 – August 2.  Applications are available online, at police desk or Cheri’s desk. There is no age requirement; however, the youth must be in High School and from Burlington County. Also, if a youth lives outside the county and would like to participate, the youth will not be turned away. The academy runs for 3 weeks. 

If you have a camera (outside) of your house and would like to register it with the police department, the form is on the police website or can be picked up from the police department. There is no charge.  This will help the police to solve crimes.

Vice President: Yvonne Arnold   No comments.  

Secretary: Henry no comments

Director: Jay   Please provide any inputs for the Newsletter, (Watch Word) to jayrr2@comcast.net.

Director Joan Agudelo: Joan asked that ShopRite receipts be submitted to her or selected locations no later than June 10th.

Brenda Stone, Crime Analyst provided the members a presentation about the Township Cameras functions.  The Township purchased 4 Mobile Unit Cameras and several cameras that will be attached to the light poles in selected parks throughout Willingboro. The cameras are high definition and can zoom in to pick up a car tag number, etc. Questions were entertained.

The next General Meeting is July 31, 2019 and the speaker will be from Animal Control.

Respectfully submitted,

Henry Bass, Secretary

Please join us!

M WNW meetings are held on the last Wednesday of each odd-numbered month at 7:00PM at:

The Kennedy Center

Senior Center

John F. Kennedy Way

Willingboro, NJ. eeting Info:

*Township Council meetings are held the first and third Tuesdays of each month at  7:00PM at the Municipal Building.

*School Board meetings are held the second

and fourth Mondays of each month at 7:00PM at:

Country Club School

Windover Lane

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 Spring Clean for a Safer Home

Winter can be tough on your home.  There’s no better time than spring to spruce things up—and make it a safer place in the process.  Small repairs now can save time and money down the road, as well as help avoid unnecessary headaches.  Here’s a checklist to help you during your cleaning spree:

  • Inspect your roof.  Look for damaged shingles or tiles, and have them replaced.  Don’t miss the base of the chimney.  Repair any cracks to prevent water damage from leaks.

  • Trim your trees.  Prune tree limbs regularly to keep them away from our home, decks and outbuildings in case strong winds or precipitation cause them to break.  If a tree is too close to your home, consider having it removed.  A permit is required from the Township.

  • Clean out your gutters.  Remove leaves, sticks and other debris so spring showers can flow freely.  Make sure gutters are secure and downspouts drain away from your foundation.  If possible, extend the bottom of the downspout away from your home by at least six feet.

  • Test wood for water damage.  Make sure wood on your home is not soft when you press it.  It isn’t just exposed that is at risk.  Even vinyl-or aluminum-sided homes have wooden framing and trim.  Repair or replace soft wood as needed.

  • Check for appliance leaks.  Look for signs of leakage around your washing machine, dishwasher, refrigerator, water heater and other appliances that use water.  Consider installing water sensors near appliances and in areas that could leak or flood.  They can alert you, through an alarm or mobile app, when water touches them.  Even small leaks can lead to major damage.

  • Clean you dryer vent.  Nearly 3,000 home dryer fires happen every year according to the U.S. Fire Administration, causing $35 million in property loss annually.  Cleaning dryer vents could prevent about a third of those fires.  Make sure to clean your lint trap after every use.

 

Source:  AAA North Penn News, March-April 2019

Signs It’s Time to Take Your Pet to the Vet

The saying “It’s better safe than sorry.” truly does apply to our best furry friends.  It’s better to be cautious than miss something that’s causing discomfort or could potentially affect their life.  Here are some conditions that are cause for concern:

Infections that Don’t Improve

It’s normal for pets to get scrapes and scratches, and their bodies do a pretty good job of healing on their own.  Sometimes, though, an infection can worsen over time, which can lead to complications.  Look for swelling, pain, fever, and abscesses indicate and infection gone awry.

Tummy Troubles

If vomiting or diarrhea lasts more than two days, go see the vet.  It could be a food allergy, infection, or blockage, and can lead to dehydration.  Also, any case of ingested poison is considered and emergency situation.  Call your vet or the Pet Poison Helpline (855)764-7661.  Look for vomiting, diarrhea, dry/pale gums, thick saliva, seizures lethargy or shock.

Heatstroke and Hypothermia

Heatstroke typically occurs in hot climates, and hypothermia is the opposite, occurring in frigid climates.  Do not leave pets outside or in a car, especially during extreme weather conditions.  Look for weakness, lethargy, heavy panting, vomiting, diarrhea, drooling, loss of consciousness, and inability to move on their own. For heatstroke, a body temperature of 103oF, and for hypothermia, a body temperature below 98oF.

Injury or Wound

Injuries such as car accidents or animal bites are common and can be fatal, so get to the vet hospital immediately.  If you pet is bleeding, apply direct pressure using gauze.  If the gauze soaks completely though, do not remove it—add more gauze on top until you get to the vet.  Look for bleeding, limping, open wounds, obvious broken bones, whimpering, pain.

Change in Behavior

If you pet displays a shift in their typical behavior, it could indicate that they’re not feeling well.  Look for barking or whimpering excessively when they usually don’t, not being vocal if they usually are, showing no interest on their favorite activities, a major and ongoing decrease or increase in appetite, lethargy and malaise.

Source:  AAA North Penn News, March-April 2019

AT&T Teams with Comcast to Curb Robocalls

It’s the latest sign that providers are beginning to react to public pressure.

Amid growing consumer and governmental pressure, cell phone providers are taking steps to curb the nuisance of robocalls.  AT&T and Comcast have announced they will work together to help consumers avoid calls placed by machines.  The two companies are offering authentication on calls between networks to customers later this year.  When the system goes online, customers could see verified calls not only from callers using the same provider but, more importantly, from other participating providers.  The companies say their successful test used phones on the companies’ actual consumer networks.  According to AT&T, test calls were authenticated and verified using the SHAKEN/STIR protocol – believed to be an industry first for calls between separate providers.  AT&T and Comcast also helped to develop and refine SHAKEN/STIR, which is an important tool in the broader effort to combat fraudulent robocalls.

Harder to spoof

The verification protocol lets consumers know that an incoming call is really coming from the number listed on the caller ID display, making “spoofed” calls much less effective. AT&T concedes that the authentication protocol won’t eliminate unwanted robocalls by itself;  however, it is a key step toward giving customers greater confidence and control over the calls they receive.  Under the new system, if a call is illegally “spoofed” – or shows a faked number – it will not be classified as verified.  At the same time, verification will confirm that a call is really coming from the identified number or entity.

As he was addressing an audience at the Economic Club in Washington, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson was interrupted by, what else, a robocall.  “I’m getting a robocall,” Stephenson said looking down at his Apple Watch.  “It’s literally a robocall.”

Pressure is building to do something

Wireless providers are under increasing pressure to find a solution to the growing scourge of robocalls. Last November, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai laid down the law to providers, demanding that they find a way to block “spoofing” before the end of 2019.  Before the end of this year, the FCC chairman said he expects all cell phone carriers to have a call authentication system in place.  The companies that have made little progress, he says, need to catch up. In some areas, he says the entire industry needs to work together on this.  The FCC said some carriers have committed to rolling out a robust plan in the coming months but others hedged, citing concerns that other carriers appear to have already addressed the issue.  But Pai said he believes that wireless providers, interconnected VoIP providers, and telephone companies should make real caller ID authentication a priority and believes that major carriers can meet his 2019 goal.   “This goal should be achievable for every major wireless provider, interconnected VoIP operator, and  telephone company—and I expect those lagging behind to make every effort to catch up,” Pai said.  “If it appears major carriers won’t meet the deadline to get this done this year, the FCC will have to consider regulatory intervention,” Pai said last month.

Source:  Mark Huffmann, Consumer News, March 21, 2019

Here’s When You’re Most Vulnerable to Scam Calls

Hint:  Don’t answer the phone late Friday afternoon.  Have you ever gotten a call claiming to be from a utility saying that they need a Social Security number to avoid a power shutdown?  Or from someone who says he’s with a technology company asking for passwords so a virus can be rooted out of your computer?  Many of us have been tricked into revealing information needed to steal an identity or infiltrate a computer.  A new study shows that people are significantly more vulnerable to these scam calls on certain days and at certain hours.  It also reveals that more than half of the people who answer these calls will hand over compromising information—especially if the caller is a woman.

Chris Hadnagy, CEO of Social-Engineering LLC, and his team called over 20,000 employees of their client companies—posing as an HR representative, as someone involved in a company project or even as a reporter—and asked for secure information.  Of the 5,690 spoof calls that they completed, 53% of the respondents handed over personal information such as a Social Security number or a computer password.

But the success rate for scamming people varied significantly, depending on when the calls were placed.  Monday was the hardest day by far to get someone to fall for a phone scam, with only 29% of people taking the bait.  By Tuesday, more than twice as many people succumbed.  Successful scams peaked on Friday, with 65% of those who answered giving away secure data.  These patterns reflect human nature, Hadnagy says.

“On Monday morning you are back from the weekend, ready to take on the world.  It’s hard to trick people in that state of mind.”  More fake calls succeeded later in the day—with 2 in 3 respondents being duped at around 5 PM.

The Study also found that women were better than men at scamming over the phone.  “We don’t really know why, but one possibility is people don’t expect women to be the scammers,” Hadnagy says.  Criminals have figured this out.  “You see tons of IRS and tech-support scammers using women to do the calling.  That’s not an accident.”

Source:  Doug Shadel, AARP Bulletin, March 2019  

Health Care Fraud Funded Luxury Trips

A Virginia woman was sentenced to 15.5 years in prison for cheating more than 50 people out of millions of dollars to fund an extravagant lifestyle that included trips to Italy, Bora Bora and the Bahamas.  Keisha Williams, 43, persuaded her victims to invest in a scam health care software business.  Among them was Christian D’Andrade, 70, a California businessman who invested $1.4 million and became Williams’ partner.  “In truth, Williams spent over 95% of the victims’ money on creating  a lifestyle of luxury for herself, including millions on international travel, retail purchases at stores like Chanel and Gucci, and close to half a million on maintaining her girlfriend,” according to a statement by federal prosecutors.  Some of those ripped off were older people who invested their life savings.

Source:  Doug Shadel, AARP Bulletin, March 2019

County Corner at Moorestown Mall

We are still collecting the following items for the County Corner (located on the Route 38 side of the Moorestown Mall, in the concourse just outside Sears):

  • New or used CDs to be shipped to military service members or recovering wounded soldiers
  • Used cell phones with batteries and chargers for emergency use by seniors and women at risk of domestic violence.  Please bring these in large zip-top bags to keep pieces together.
  • Pet supplies, old blankets and towels, used ink or toner cartridges to support the County Animal Shelter
  • Worn and tattered American flags for proper disposal by the Veterans Services Office

Sponsor Support

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Please continue to save your ShopRite receipts, and turn them in at our monthly meetings or send them to the WNW post office box:

WNW

P.O. Box 834

Willingboro, NJ 08046

WNW receives a small percentage, which is a major source of funds for our activities.  We submit receipts by quarter: (Jan – Mar) (Apr – June) (July – Sept) (Oct – Dec).  Receipts are due by the 5th of the month following the end of the quarter.  After that, the receipts are not valid for rebate.  Receipts from the following ShopRite stores will be accepted:

ShopRite of Burlington ShopRite of Delran ShopRite of Ark Road

Wishing Well Plaza 1310 Fairview Boulevard 127 Ark Road

1817 Burlington-Mt. Holly Road (Rte. 541)

      

ShopRite of Hainesport ShopRite of Cinnaminson

Rte. 38 East & Rte. 541 Bypass 141 Rte. 130 South

Meeting and Guest Speaker Schedule for 2019

July 31:  Willingboro Animal Control

August:  No meeting

September 25:  Rich Brevogel. Public Works Department

October:  No meeting

November 20:  Annual Membership Social

December:  No Meeting

All meeting places, speakers and dates are subject to change without notice.

Don’t forget to attend and to participate in our meetings, and please volunteer when possible!  Do you have suggestions for a topic or a guest speaker?  Share them with us at our meeting or through our website:

 

www.willingborowatch.org