Thursday, May 26, 2016

Traffic Alert

 
 
 
 
 
On June 6th the South Carolina Department of Transportation will begin drainage work on Longpoint Rd. between Coaxum and Snowden Rd. The work is scheduled to go through June 17th. Between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., local traffic will be routed into Snowden and thru traffic will use Whipple Road, I-526, and/or US-17.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Tips for Securing Your Accounts

 
 
 
 
Passwords can be inconvienient, but they're important if you want to keep your information safe. Check out this flyer for ways to make your accounts more secure.


Friday, May 20, 2016

New Traffic Pattern

 
 
 
 
Crews will be paving at the intersection of Park West Boulevard and Bessemer Road on Saturday, May 21, 2016 from 7:00 am until 5:00 pm.  This paving operation will cause delays.  The Public may want to seek alternate routes during these hours.  Should there be a rain delay this operation will take place on Monday, May 23.
There will be a NEW traffic pattern as follows:
New Speed Limit will be 20 MPH.
Traffic on Park West Boulevard from both directions will have Yield Signs.
Traffic on Bessemer Road continues to have a Stop Sign.
Please use extra caution while driving in this construction zone. 
Remember “Let them work, let them live”.
 


Thursday, May 19, 2016

Scam Alert



A scammer is calling guests that are staying in a hotel posing as the General Manager and requesting credit card information. Sometimes the caller tells guests that they forgot to put a credit card on file with the front desk and then offers to take the information over the telephone.

Please do not give your credit card over the telephone if you receive a call like this. Check with the front desk in person so that scammers do not steal your information.

Law Enforcement Day - Canceled Due to Weather Concerns





 
 
***This event has been canceled due to weather concerns*** 
 
On May 20, 2016 from 12:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m., the Mount Pleasant Police Department will host Law Enforcement Day at the Towne Centre. There will be displays from The Mount Pleasant Police Department, the Isle of Palms Police Department, the Sullivan’s Island Police Department, and Charleston County Consolidated Dispatch. Officers will also be on hand to check child safety seats for proper installation and offer tips on how to keep your child safe in a car.
 
“We want our community to come out and meet the officers that serve the East Cooper area,” says Inspector Chip Googe. “Our goal is to have a strong partnership with our citizens and this event allows our community to talk with officers while seeing the tools we use to keep them safe.”
Law Enforcement Day will be at the Towne Centre right in front of the parking garage. Some of the units we will have on display include:
·         K-9
·         Boat Patrol
·         Traffic Bureau
·         Bicycle Unit
·         SWAT Team



Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Identification Needed


The Mount Pleasant Police Department is seeking the public's help in identifying the woman pictured above. She is suspected of trying to cash a stolen check. 

If you have any information on this person please contact Det. Cpl. Eckert at 843-884-4176 or at deckert@tompsc.com. You can also leave an anonymous tip through our smartphone app or through our blog. 

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Reading Patrol





What:   Reading Patrol
 
When:  May 21, 2016
            11:00am to 12:00pm
 
Where: Barnes and Noble, 1716 Towne Centre Way
 
Book Selection: "Should I Share My Ice Cream?" - Mo Willems
 
 
Join us May 21, 2016 for our next Reading Patrol event! Officers will be reading "Should I Share My Ice Cream?" by Mo Willems. They will also be on hand to sign Buddy Cards which can be redeemed at Town Hall for a prize!

Monday, May 16, 2016

Cyber Safety Series - 2 Factor Authentication




Cyber Safety Series
Two Factor Authentication

Two-factor authentication (also referred to as two-step or multi-factor authentication or verification or 2FA) is an overly technical-sounding term for a simple solution.
It’s a security tool that uses multiple verification techniques to prove that the person attempting to log in to an account is really them.

There are a variety of methods you can use to log in to an account with two-factor authentication, including
Something you know: a password, code, passphrase or PIN
Something you have: a physical token, chip, fob, or phone

These methods provide an extra layer of security. Most people only have one layer – their passwords – to protect their accounts. But combining something you know (your password) with something you have (like your mobile device or a token) makes your account even more secure.

Never give out your code to anyone! Someone asking for your code to verify you are the correct owner is a social engineering trick to get you to hand over access to your account. Don't fall for it!

Head over to https://stopthinkconnect.org/campaigns/two-steps-ahead-campaign to learn more about two factor authentication and how to set it up for your accounts.

Thank you to stopthinkconnect.org for the information!

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Mount Pleasant Police Release Photos of Armed Robbery Suspect

 
 
 
The Mount Pleasant Police Department is working to identify the suspect shown in the above photographs. On May 12, 2016, at approximately 12:58 am, the suspect committed an armed robbery at the Circle K located at 1195 Mathis Ferry Road. The suspect demanded cash and cigarettes and threatened to shoot the clerk.

The suspect is described as a black male, approximately 20 to 30 years old, approximately 5’10” – 6’00” tall, and weighing approximately 150-180lbs.

Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call Det. Fey in the Investigations Bureau at 843-884-4176. Callers who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at 843-554-1111, submit a tip through our smartphone application, or submit a tip at http://mppdnews.blogspot.com/p/submit-tip.html. Crime Stoppers offers rewards of up to $1,000 to anyone who provides information which leads to an arrest.

 
 
 



Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Shoplifting Suspects

 
 
 
 
UPDATE - May 11, 2016: The female on the right has been identified and arrested. 
 
 
The Mount Pleasant Police Department is seeking the public's help to identify the two women pictured above who are suspected of shoplifting from Old Navy at Towne Centre.
 
On May 3, 2016 at approximately 8:31 pm, the suspects entered Old Navy and concealed clothing in their purses. They may have been with two other females that were also in the store.

If anyone has information on these suspects, please call the Mount Pleasant Police Department's Investigations Bureau at 843-884-4176 and ask for Detective Smith. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are asked to call Crime Stoppers at 843-554-1111, submit a tip through our smartphone app, or submit a tip online at http://www.mppdnews.blogspot.com/p/submit-tip.html. 


Craigslist Scam


There is a scam going around Craigslist that you need to be aware of. A citizen was selling an item and was contacted by a buyer to purchase it. The buyer (scammer) sent the seller a cashier's check for well above the seller's price.

The check was deposited into the seller's account but the scammer advised that they no longer wanted the item. The seller they sent a money gram back to the scammer for the original amount. The original cashier's check sent by the scammer was then found to be no good meaning the seller was now out of the money. Be mindful of this when conducting business online.

As a reminder, we have an internet purchase safe zone in front of our police department that is covered by cameras if you need a place to conduct your transaction(s).



Phishing Scam






Scammers will try to obtain your information by sending emails that look official in hopes you click on a link they provide.

Examples of Phishing Messages

You open an email or text, and see a message like this:
"We suspect an unauthorized transaction on your account. To ensure that your account is not compromised, please click the link below and confirm your identity."
"During our regular verification of accounts, we couldn't verify your information. Please click here to update and verify your information."
“Our records indicate that your account was overcharged. You must call us within 7 days to receive your refund.”
The senders are phishing for your information so they can use it to commit fraud.

How to Deal with Phishing Scams

Delete email and text messages that ask you to confirm or provide personal information (credit card and bank account numbers, Social Security numbers, passwords, etc.). Legitimate companies don't ask for this information via email or text.
The messages may appear to be from organizations you do business with – banks, for example. They might threaten to close your account or take other action if you don’t respond.
Don’t reply, and don’t click on links or call phone numbers provided in the message, either. These messages direct you to spoof sites – sites that look real but whose purpose is to steal your information so a scammer can run up bills or commit crimes in your name.
Area codes can mislead, too. Some scammers ask you to call a phone number to update your account or access a "refund." But a local area code doesn’t guarantee that the caller is local.
If you’re concerned about your account or need to reach an organization you do business with, call the number on your financial statements or on the back of your credit card.
 
Thank you to onguardonline.gov for the information!

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Stay Safe from Cybercrime

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Tax season is prime time for online scams. Cybercriminals are continuously looking to lift your personal information to cash in on a refund request and/or steal your identity. The problem is rampant: in 2015, the Federal Trade Commission received close to half a million complaints, and nearly half (45 percent) were tax fraud-related. Cyber thieves are crafty: they can break into your account or device and literally steal your online life – as well as your tax refund.
 
 
Thank you to the National Cybersecurity Alliance for the information!
 



Monday, May 2, 2016

Larceny Subject






The Mount Pleasant Police Department is seeking the public's help in identifying the individual pictured above. He is suspected of larceny from the Best Western on MaGrath Darby Blvd.

Anyone with information on this suspect is asked to call Pfc. W. Martin at 843-884-4176 or email him at wmartin@tompsc.com. Those who wish to remain anonymous may submit a tip through our blog at http://www.mppdnews.blogspot.com/p/submit-tip.html or through our smart phone application.

Summer Safety Camp - REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED

 
 






 
·         DATES: June 20-24, 2016

·         TIME: check in time is 8:30 a.m. - check out is 12 noon

·         LOCATION: Whitesides Elementary School (1565 Rifle Range Road)

·         COST: Free to Mount Pleasant residents

·         AGES: 5 - 10

The Mount Pleasant Police Department Summer Junior Safety Camp is designed to educate young people ages 5 to 10 on a variety of safety topics and to build positive relationships with the community. The safety camp is free and runs for a one-week period. The safety topics will include: Fire safety, water safety, bike safety, animal safety, and more!