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HANOVER SHERIFF'S OFFICE
7522 County Complex Road
Hanover, VA 23069
Non Emergency: 804-365-6140
Emergency: 911
Sheriff Colonel David Hines
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SHIELD Project| Awareness through Information Sharing
To Join SHIELD, contact the Sheriff's Office at 804-365-6110 and ask about the SHIELD program.

HANOVER FIRE/EMS
13326 Hanover Courthouse Road
Hanover, VA 23069
Non Emergency: 804-365-6195
Emergency: 911
Chief Jethro Piland
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Community Briefings from the Crime Prevention Office



Sheriff’s Office Responds to Multiple Phone Scams

Hanover, VA – The Sheriff’s Office has received multiple calls from our citizens in regards to a phone scam. This scam is reoccurring in Hanover County where an unknown person(s) is contacting unsuspecting citizens claiming to be a representative with the Hanover County Fraternal Order of Police. The unknown person is claiming they are raising money for a “Shop with a Cop” event.

Multiple citizens have received this call. Furthermore, the unknown person(s) is indicating that if the citizen wishes to donate money, a “retired officer” will meet them in person.

The Sheriff’s Office has spoken with the Fraternal Order of Police and verified they are not currently conducting a fundraiser. This is a SCAM.

Also as a reminder, the Hanover County Sheriff’s Office will never contact a citizen soliciting funds.

Criminals will prey on unsuspecting citizens and attempt to legitimize their call by saying they are with a reputable organization and even spoof county telephone numbers. If you ever have any question as to the identity of a caller representing themselves as an employee of the Sheriff’s Office or any other reputable organization, please contact the Hanover County Sheriff’s Office immediately.

If you are a victim of a recent scam related to this particular event, contact the Sheriff’s Office at (804) 365-6140.


Drug Take-Back to Be Held Saturday, October 28, 2017

HANOVER, Va. – On Saturday, October 28, 2017, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Hanover County Sheriff’s Office, in cooperation with Ashland Police Department and Hanover County Public Works, will be conducting a Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. This event is sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration- Office of Diversion Control. The Mechanicsville Solid Waste Center, 7427 Verdi Ln, Mechanicsville, VA 23116, and the Ashland Police Department, 601 England St, Ashland, VA 23005, have been established as collection sites. This is a free service to Hanover County and Town of Ashland citizens.

Here, citizens can safely surrender their expired, unwanted, or unused pharmaceuticals and medications- no questions asked, no identification required. These items include:

Prescription medications and over-the-counter solid dosage medications (e.g., tablets, capsules, pills, etc.)
Liquid 
products, such as prescription cough syrups (please keep sealed in original container)

The following are examples of items that will not be accepted:

Intra-venous solutions, injectables, and needles
Illicit substances such as marijuana or methamphetamine

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—pose potential safety and health hazards.

For information about the collection site at the Ashland Police Department, please contact Officer Chip Watts at (804) 412-0615 or (804) 677-7159.

To learn more about the dangers of prescription drugs or this event, please visit the following websites:

http://www.getsmartaboutdrugs.com/
http://www.dare.org/drug-abuse-trends-change-dare-america-responds/
http://www.dea.gov/index.shtml

Update – On October 4, 2017, Mindy Bass, was arrested without incident.



SHIELD Assessment Burnette Chapel Active Shooter Incident Sept 24, 2017

Informational Assessment


SCAM Alert: Equifax Phishing Attacks

September 11, 2017

The following message is from our Hanover County Information Technology (IT) Cyber Security Training Partners: According to IT Cyber Security Training partners "Cyber criminals have stolen 143 million credit records in the recent hacking scandal at big-three credit bureau Equifax.” 

Please be aware of the following tactics or issues used to obtain your information:

Phishing emails that claim to be from Equifax where you can check if your data was compromised 
Phishing emails that claim there is a problem with a credit card, your credit record, or other personal financial information 
Calls from scammers that claim they are from your bank or credit union
 Fraudulent charges on any credit card because your identity was stolen

Here are 5 things you can do to prevent identity theft:

Be aware of credit monitoring options.
Next freeze your credit files at the three major credit bureaus Equifax, Experian and TransUnion. Remember that generally it is not possible to sign up for credit monitoring services after a freeze is in place. Advice for how to file a freeze is available here on a state-by-state basis: http://consumersunion.org/research/security-freeze/
Check
 your credit reports via the free annualcreditreport.com
Check your bank and credit card statements for any unauthorized activity
If
 you believe you may have been the victim of identity theft, here is a site where you can learn more about how to protect yourself: www.idtheftcenter.org. You can also call the center’s toll-free number (888-400-5530) for advice on how to resolve identify-theft issues. All of the center’s services are free.

Reporting: Always report suspicious activity to the Hanover County Sheriff’s Office at 365-6110 or in emergencies 911. Other non-emergency information can be shared at SHIELD@hanovercounty.gov.

HCSO Recovers Stolen Vehicles and Investigates Larceny from Autos

Hanover, VA – On Monday, September 4, 2017, deputies responded to the 8000 block of Creekside Village Drive in Mechanicsville for a reported suspicious situation of a vehicle driving recklessly in the neighborhood and numerous individuals looking through parked vehicles. Once units were on scene, they located the vehicle in question, abandoned. Deputies were able to determine the vehicle was stolen from the Pebble Creek subdivision. While deputies were canvassing the neighborhood, they received a report of another suspicious vehicle in the area of Mechanicsville Turnpike and Creighton Parkway. The reported suspicious vehicle fled the scene but was soon located in the City of Richmond. This vehicle was determined to also have been stolen from the Pebble Creek subdivision. 

The Sheriff’s Office requests that any citizens with exterior security cameras who live in the area where these crimes were committed, please check their footage and contact the Sheriff’s Office if anything suspicious is noticed. Also, if you were a victim of a larceny from a vehicle, please report it to the Sheriff’s Office immediately. The Hanover County Sheriff’s Office urges everyone in the strongest possible terms to remove your keys, lock your vehicle(s) and to remove all valuables any time your vehicle is unattended. The Sheriff’s Office also requests that if suspicious activity is observed, please contact the Hanover County Emergency Communications Center immediately. This is a crime of opportunity and by simply locking your vehicles and removing all valuables, you greatly reduce your chances of being victimized. 

Anyone with information about these incidents is asked to contact the Hanover County Sheriff’s Office at (804) 365-6140 or the Metro Richmond Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000. Citizens can also text Crime Stoppers at 274637 (CRIMES), using the keyword “iTip” followed by their tip. Both Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.

Bank Robbery

A bank robbery occurred at approximately 12:50PM, 08/31/2017 at the BB&T located at 7016 Mechanicsville Turnpike. The suspect is described as a Black Male, 5’9” heavy set dark complexion wearing a white shirt, white ball cap and black shorts.  Unknown direction of travel or vehicle description. This is all we have at this time.  If you have any information please call 365-6140 or reply to shield@hanovercounty.gov .

HCSO Investigates Larceny from Vehicles

On Monday, August 28, 2017, deputies responded to the 7100 block of Edgewood Road, Mechanicsville, VA, for a reported larceny from a vehicle. While conducting an investigation it was determined that five other citizens were victims of larceny from vehicle incidents. Officers responded to the 7400 block of Overlook Drive, 7100 block of Edgewood Road and the 7400 block of Ridge Way for additional reports of larceny from vehicles. All vehicles had been left unlocked and valuable items were in the vehicles. The Sheriff’s Office requests that any citizens with exterior security cameras who live in the area where these crimes were committed, to please check their footage and contact the Sheriff’s Office if anything suspicious is noticed. Also, if you were a victim of a larceny from a vehicle please report it to the Sheriff’s Office immediately. The Hanover County Sheriff’s Office strongly urges everyone to lock your vehicle(s) and to remove all valuables any time your vehicle is unattended. The Sheriff’s Office also requests that if suspicious activity is observed, please contact the Hanover County Emergency Communications Center immediately. This is a crime of opportunity.

Anyone with information about these incidents is asked to contact the Hanover County Sheriff’s Office at (804) 365-6140 or the Metro Richmond Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000. Citizens can also text Crime Stoppers at 274637 (CRIMES), using the keyword “iTip” followed by their tip. Both Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.


SHIELD Alert

The Sheriff’s Office has been made aware of several calls from our citizens reference a SCAM. An unknown male has been calling citizens, identifying himself as law enforcement and advising them there is a warrant out for their arrest. Furthermore, they are advising the citizens if they wish to resolve this warrant they need to go to a local store, purchase gift cards and then call them back. Please know that this is a SCAM. The Hanover Sheriff’s Office will never call any of our citizens soliciting funds for any reason. If you have been a victim of this SCAM and are at a monetary loss, please report this to HCSO by calling 804-365-6140. 

HCSO Investigators Seek to Identify Robbery Suspect

Hanover, VA – On Monday, June 19, 2017, at approximately 8:30 p.m., the Sheriff’s Office responded to a convenience store located in the 9000 block of Chamberlayne Road for a reported robbery. The white male suspect approached a teller, displayed a knife, and took an undisclosed amount of money prior to leaving the store on foot. The suspect is described as a white male wearing a black t-shirt and tan pants. The suspect’s face and head was covered by a dark-colored sweatshirt. 

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Hanover County Sheriff’s Office at (804) 365-6140 or the Metro Richmond Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000. Citizens can also text Crime Stoppers at 274637 (CRIMES), using the keyword “iTip” followed by their tip. Both methods are anonymous.

Photograph of the suspect.

HCSO Reminds Citizens to be Safety Conscious during Online and In-person Transactions

Hanover, VA – The Hanover County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind its citizens to remain safety conscious when conducting in person transactions from online sales, sharing financial information over websites, and personal information on social networks. By being safety conscious while online, you will reduce your risk of becoming a victim of identity theft and other scams.

How can you reduce your risk of becoming a victim of identity theft?

Be aware of scams and “phishing” schemes. Do not give out personal information over the phone, through the mail, or over the internet unless you have initiated the contact.

Protect your personal data. Use security software with firewall and anti-virus protection. Use strong passwords. Shred all documents that contain personal information.

Do not click on links or download attachments from unknown or suspicious emails.

How can you reduce your risk of becoming a victim during in-person transactions from online sales?

Trust your instincts.

Insist to meet at a public place.

Consider having a friend accompany you.

Tell a friend or family member where you’re going.

Do not meet in a secluded area.

Do not invite strangers into your home, and do not go to theirs.

Be cautious when buying/selling high value items.

Perform the transaction during daylight hours.

If it sounds too good to be true, it normally is.

Take your cellphone with you.

We encourage everyone to also follow these tips if they plan to meet someone they have met on a social network.

The Hanover County Sheriff’s Office is open to the public Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Sheriff’s Office is located at 7522 County Complex Road, Hanover, VA 23069. Citizens are welcome to use our location as a safe spot for sales and exchanges. For further information on how to protect yourself online and during these transactions please visit

http://www.craigslist.org/about/safety or www.hanoversheriff.com/161/Safety-Awareness


7522 County Complex Road, Hanover, VA 23069 | 804-365-6110 | www.hanoversheriff.com

Contact: Sgt. Chris Stem| 804-365-3135 | 804-839-3491 | cjstem@hanovercounty.gov

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