Sewalls Point Police Department
The video above is just one example of how the Sewalls Point Police Department watches out for its residents. These officers save lives! Chief Tina Ciechanowski is proud of her officers. So are the residents. With the caring of an outstanding department, our streets remain fairly free of crime. It's safety and security at its finest. Keeping our Sewalls Point Town residents safe is apparent in all actions by the Sewalls Point Police Department.
On November 2nd, our Chief of Police, Tina Ciechanowski, gave a presentation to a full house at Town Hall informing residents about safety, both in and around our homes and online. Some of the topics discussed were data breaches, logins and password safety, and how to keep your credit information safe. Even your child or grandchild’s identity can be stolen and it’s important to be aware of steps to mitigate risk as well as what to do in the event of stolen identity.
Phone scams can range from the caller saying it’s your grandchild and the need bail money, to scammers asking for personal information over the phone such as your social security number or credit card information. Criminals use FEMA and small business loan ploys to obtain your personal information. Chief Tina says “social security numbers are the biggest risk and never give it out unless absolutely necessary. And don’t carry your SS card in your wallet in case it is stolen.” If someone asks for your SS#, ask why they need it and how they will be securing your information.
While we all feel protected by our police department and know they do an amazing job keeping us safe, we must do our part to prevent home intrusion and burglary. Our officers cannot be everywhere all the time. Chief Tina warned residents to keep doors locked when home as well as when we leave. Many doors are left unlocked which invites criminals to walk right in. Any safes should be bolted down or placed within the foundation of your home. If you own a home here that you rent out, make sure you know the people well. Have a background check done on potential tenants.
Chief Tina recommended “anytime there is something suspicious and in progress (i.e. someone you don’t know walking in your yard, a neighbor’s yard, or a car loitering on your street, ALWAYS CALL 911!” Don’t worry about being overcautious because dispatch at Martin County Sheriff’s Office will determine the level of service needed. That’s what dispatchers are trained to do. If you call the police department office number, you may not reach someone immediately. Anytime you see anything amiss, call 911.
Having a monitored security system deters burglars…so do “nest cameras” that are relatively inexpensive. Make sure the resolution of the camera is enough to clearly see potential threats on your property. Oftentimes, security companies will bundle services together making them more affordable. Even the dollar stores have magnets that buzz when the door is opened. Doorbells with cameras are another great deterrent and cost as little as $80 on Amazon.
Make sure to wipe clean computers, phones and any electronics before discarding. Be very careful whose WiFi you use and consider getting virus protection not only for your computers, but also your phones. Chief Tina has a warning to consider regarding criminals saying, ”this is what these people do for a living and they’re very good at it.” Be smart, proactive and diligent about keeping your family and your possessions safe.
We should all be very proud of our 9 officers on the Sewalls Point Police Department. They protect and serve our beautiful town and we are very grateful for their presence. Show them how much you care! They make our town a better and safer place to live. Here are some of the statistics of our police department.
Mona Leonard, Sewalls Point Living, Content Coordinator