Fairhaven Police Department http://fairhavenpolice.org Official Website Wed, 10 Jan 2018 20:43:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.1 https://i1.wp.com/fairhavenpolice.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/140/2017/05/cropped-fairhaven-police-massachusetts-patch-9.jpg?fit=32%2C32 Fairhaven Police Department http://fairhavenpolice.org 32 32 134879013 Fairhaven Police Department Shares Ice Dam and Snow Removal Safety Tips for Residents http://fairhavenpolice.org/2018/01/10/fairhaven-police-department-shares-ice-dam-snow-removal-safety-tips-residents/ http://fairhavenpolice.org/2018/01/10/fairhaven-police-department-shares-ice-dam-snow-removal-safety-tips-residents/#respond Wed, 10 Jan 2018 20:43:27 +0000 http://fairhavenpolice.org/?p=370 After last week's heavy snowfall and with warmer temperatures expected over the next several days, Sgt. Kevin Kobza would like to advise Fairhaven residents on how they can safely handle snow removal from roofs and avoid damage from ice dams.

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Fairhaven Police Department
Kevin W. Kobza, Sergeant/PIO
1 Bryant St.
Fairhaven, MA 02719

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018

Contact: Benjamin Paulin
Phone: 781-428-3299
Email: ben@jgpr.net

Fairhaven Police Department Shares Ice Dam and Snow Removal Safety Tips for Residents

FAIRHAVEN — After last week’s heavy snowfall and with warmer temperatures expected over the next several days, Sgt. Kevin Kobza would like to advise Fairhaven residents on how they can safely handle snow removal from roofs and avoid damage from ice dams.

With some areas experiencing over a foot of snow, it is important for property owners, managers and tenants to have snow and ice safely cleared from their roofs.

This week, the National Weather Service expects Fairhaven to experience heavy rains from Thursday through Saturday. The region could see 1-3 inches of rain in that span. Sgt. Kobza asks residents to clear nearby storm drains from any snow, ice or debris to help prevent flooding, in a safe manner.

“Please only clear drains in areas of low traffic volume and where it is safe to do so,” Sgt. Kobza said. “The town can handle the other drains. If residents know of drains that often get clogged that are in high-risk areas, please call the department at 508-997-7421 and notify us and we will have it taken care of.”

While removing snow from roofs, residents should be aware of the dangers that come with heavy snow loads and the importance of recognizing signs of structural weakness. Flat and low pitched roofs are at the highest risk of buckling under heavy snow and ice accumulations, however many risks posed by heavy snowfall on roofs can be avoided by ensuring that the snow is removed safely.

“With the coming rain, water can get built up underneath snow and ice on roofs and cause ice dams, which could create significant water damage to your property,” Sgt. Kobza said. “Residents should always consider hiring professionals to remove snow and ice from their roofs. Injuries happen every year when people try to do it themselves.”

The following safety tips from the Massachusetts Department of Public Safety (DPS), the Department of Fire Services (DFS) and the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) outline how to safely remove snow from roofs, recognize structural damage and other important safety information.

HOW TO REMOVE SNOW FROM ROOFS

  • Consider hiring snow removal professionals. The combination of height and ice can make removing snow from roofs dangerous. If you decide to perform the task yourself, make sure you have someone with you to assist.
  • Use a snow rake to remove snow from pitched roofs and start from the edge.
  • Try to shave the snow down 2 or 3 inches on the roof instead of scraping the roof clean which could damage shingles or other roof covering.
  • Keep all ladders, roof rakes and shovels away from utility wires.
  • Plastic shovels are usually the best as metal tools may cause damage to your roof.
  • Shovel snow from flat roofs by throwing the snow over the side and away from the building.
  • Remove large icicles carefully if they’re hanging over doors and walkways. Consider knocking down icicles through windows using a broomstick.
  • Protect gas and electric meters and piping from falling snow, icicles and melting water.
  • Keep gutters and drains clean, free of ice and snow and keep downspouts clean at ground level

DO NOT

  • Do not add your weight or the weight of equipment to the roof.
  • Do not use a ladder, as ice tends to build up on both the rungs of the ladder and the soles of your boots.
  • Do not use blow torches, open-flame, electric heating devices, or heat guns to remove snow and ice.
  • Do not try to remove ice or icicles from utility wires or meters. Call your utility company or contractor for assistance.

HOW TO RECOGNIZE PROBLEMS WITH ROOFS

  • Sagging roofs
  • Severe roof leaks
  • Cracked or split wood members
  • Bends or ripples in supports
  • Cracks in walls or masonry
  • Sheared off screws from steel frames
  • Sprinkler heads that have dropped down below ceiling tiles
  • Doors that pop open
  • Doors or windows that are difficult to open
  • Bowed utility pipes or conduit attached at ceiling
  • Creaking, cracking or popping sounds

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*MEDIA ADVISORY* Fairhaven Police to Participate in 7th Annual “Fill the Bus Toy Drive” http://fairhavenpolice.org/2017/12/04/media-advisory-fairhaven-police-participate-7th-annual-fill-bus-toy-drive/ http://fairhavenpolice.org/2017/12/04/media-advisory-fairhaven-police-participate-7th-annual-fill-bus-toy-drive/#respond Mon, 04 Dec 2017 21:29:26 +0000 http://fairhavenpolice.org/?p=356   Fairhaven Police Department Kevin W. Kobza, Sergeant/PIO 1 Bryant St. Fairhaven, MA 02719 For Immediate Release Monday, Dec. 4, 2017 Contact: John Guilfoil Phone: 617-993-0003 Email: john@jgpr.net *MEDIA ADVISORY* Fairhaven Police to Participate in 7th Annual “Fill the Bus Toy Drive” FAIRHAVEN — Fairhaven Police Sgt. Kevin Kobza would like to invite residents throughout the […]

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Fairhaven Police Department
Kevin W. Kobza, Sergeant/PIO
1 Bryant St.
Fairhaven, MA 02719

For Immediate Release

Monday, Dec. 4, 2017

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: john@jgpr.net

*MEDIA ADVISORY*

Fairhaven Police to Participate in 7th Annual “Fill the Bus Toy Drive”

FAIRHAVEN — Fairhaven Police Sgt. Kevin Kobza would like to invite residents throughout the South Coast to participate in the seventh Annual “Fill the Bus Toy Drive” hosted by the non-profit group Safe Zones.

WHEN:

Saturday, Dec. 9, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

WHERE:

Walmart, 42 Fairhaven Commons Way, Fairhaven

WHAT:

The Fairhaven Police Department will once again be teaming up with the local anti-bullying group Safe Zones for their annual toy drive. They will be collecting toys, loading them onto school buses and distributing them to children throughout the South Coast this holiday season.

“We look forward to this event every year. Having so many people in the community come out and support this fantastic cause is really great to see,” Sgt. Kobza said. “No child should go without during the holidays and this is our way of making sure that doesn’t happen.”

Those who would like to participate can drop off new, unwrapped toys to the Fairhaven Walmart parking lot on Saturday. Toys for boys and girls of all age groups will be accepted. Please, no toys that simulate weapons, such as toy guns.

“Last year we filled seven school buses with hundreds of toys. It’s certainly a labor of love,” said Safe Zones Founder Jerry Pinto said. “We encourage everyone to come out and drop off toys. Every single one of them will help put a smile on a child’s face this holiday season.”

In addition to Fairhaven, toys will also be collected on Saturday at:

  • Target, 479 State Road, Dartmouth, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Acushnet Police Department, 64 Middle Road, Acushnet, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • New Bedford Police Headquarters, 871 Rockdale Ave., New Bedford, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Toys can also be donated at police stations in Fairhaven, Dartmouth, Acushnet and New Bedford until Dec. 24.

For more information or for a pickup of five or more items, email safezonekids@gmail.com.

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Fairhaven Police Offer Tips to Prevent Holiday Package Theft http://fairhavenpolice.org/2017/11/30/fairhaven-police-offer-tips-prevent-holiday-package-theft/ http://fairhavenpolice.org/2017/11/30/fairhaven-police-offer-tips-prevent-holiday-package-theft/#respond Thu, 30 Nov 2017 14:23:56 +0000 http://fairhavenpolice.org/?p=354 FAIRHAVEN – With the holiday shopping season officially here, Sgt. Kevin Kobza and the Fairhaven Police Department wish to remind residents of several precautions they can take when ordering items online to help prevent their gifts from falling into the wrong hands. “With more and more people buying gifts online, we want to make sure our residents […]

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FAIRHAVEN – With the holiday shopping season officially here, Sgt. Kevin Kobza and the Fairhaven Police Department wish to remind residents of several precautions they can take when ordering items online to help prevent their gifts from falling into the wrong hands.

“With more and more people buying gifts online, we want to make sure our residents have the necessary resources they need to ensure that their gifts arrive safely,” Sgt. Kobza said. “In many cases the orders can be tracked right from your phone, from when it is shipped to when it reaches your doorstep.”

FedEx and UPS offer services to assist customers during the holidays. To best ensure that your packages are not taken, Fairhaven Police recommend the following strategies:

  • Request notifications on your deliveries, via phone or email, to monitor your packages in transit and upon delivery.
  • Always require a signature on your deliveries to ensure packages are never left unattended.
  • Consider sending deliveries to an alternate location where someone will be able to receive them – whether that be a workplace, a neighbor or friend’s house, or a FedEx or UPS location.
  • Schedule your delivery for a specific date and time that you’re expected to be home.
  • Set up a vacation hold if you plan on traveling during the holidays so gifts won’t be left on the doorstep.
  •  Be aware of “tailgating,” which refers to the people who follow delivery vehicles and steal the packages after they are dropped off.
  • If you find your package has been stolen, reach out to Fairhaven Police and report it immediately.
  • Never accept a surprise delivery where a payment is required, and never give out personal information when receiving a delivery that you purchased.

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Fairhaven Police Issue Warning About Telephone Scam Targeting Restaurants http://fairhavenpolice.org/2017/11/14/345/ http://fairhavenpolice.org/2017/11/14/345/#respond Tue, 14 Nov 2017 13:51:41 +0000 http://fairhavenpolice.org/?p=345   Fairhaven Police Department Kevin W. Kobza, Sergeant/PIO 1 Bryant St. Fairhaven, MA 02719 For Immediate Release Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017 Contact: John Guilfoil Phone: 617-993-0003 Email: john@jgpr.net Fairhaven Police Issue Warning About Telephone Scam Targeting Restaurants FAIRHAVEN — Sgt. Kevin W. Kobza is warning business owners about a recent telephone scam targeting Fairhaven restaurants. An unknown […]

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Fairhaven Police Department
Kevin W. Kobza, Sergeant/PIO
1 Bryant St.
Fairhaven, MA 02719

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: john@jgpr.net

Fairhaven Police Issue Warning About Telephone Scam Targeting Restaurants

FAIRHAVEN — Sgt. Kevin W. Kobza is warning business owners about a recent telephone scam targeting Fairhaven restaurants.

An unknown person has called restaurants claiming they owe thousands of dollars to Eversource, and that the electricity to the business will be shut off within the next five minutes if the issue is not immediately resolved. The scammer typically calls during a restaurant’s busy period.

The caller demands that a restaurant owner go purchase prepaid debit cards and load them with thousands of dollars and then read the card and PIN numbers back to them over the phone.

“This individual is calling during a restaurant’s busiest times in order to try and catch the person who answers the phone off-guard,” Sgt. Kobza said. “The person answering the phone may not know about the restaurant’s electric bill situation, only that if the power is shut off they will have to shut down.”

The most recent incident happened on Thursday, Nov. 9, when the owner of the Phoenix Restaurant, 140 Huttleston Ave., received a fraudulent request for money. The owner recognized the call after being a victim of the same scam last year and called the police. The owner did not lose any money.

Three other Fairhaven restaurants received similar calls last year and were victims of the scam.

“A utility company would never call a business with such an immediate and threatening ultimatum,” Sgt. Kobza said. “If you get a call you believe could be a scam, check your utility bill and call the number printed on the bill to verify any collection calls. The only way scammers can get anything from you, is if you give it to them.  So don’t.”

Sgt. Kobza also asks that business owners who sell prepaid debit cards be on the lookout for customers who may be being scammed.

“If you see someone who is putting thousands of dollars onto a prepaid debit card or buying them in bulk, ask them what it is for and let them know that someone could be taking advantage of them,” Sgt. Kobza said.

Anyone who believes they could be a victim of similar phone scam should call the Fairhaven Police at 508-997-7421.

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Hello world! http://fairhavenpolice.org/2017/05/16/hello-world/ http://fairhavenpolice.org/2017/05/16/hello-world/#comments Tue, 16 May 2017 19:51:35 +0000 http://fairhavenpolice.org/?p=1 Welcome to the brand new website of the Fairhaven Police Department. In the coming days, department news and press releases will appear in the news blog. Thanks for visiting!

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