Community Policing Services
The Senior Neighbor Awareness Program, or SNAP is for seniors and disabled residents of Cumberland County who may benefit from a quick check in from someone they can trust. A volunteer from the Sheriff's Volunteers In Police Service group (VIPS) will call, as needed, participants between between 8:00 am and 10:00 am to insure they are okay. The program is free, and easy to sign up for.
Neighborhood Crime Prevention Programs
Crime prevention never works better than when a community works hand in hand with law enforcement. Currently, the Cumberland County Sheriffs Office has joined with concerned citizens in Standish to form the Standish Neighborhood Watch Group. They meet once a month and work together to help eliminate crime in their area.
If you are interested in joining this group, or would like to start one in your neighborhood, contact Deputy Paul Pettengill for more information.
Fatal Experience Program
The Fatal Experience program began in 1998 as a method of educating citizens on the seriousness of drunk driving. As an alternative to reciting statistics on the accidents and deaths attributed to drunk driving, the Cumberland County Sheriffs Office offers a drunk-driving simulator to show how alcohol and drugs affect an individual's vision and depth perception. With the use of a golf cart to simulate a vehicle and goggles that have been specifically designed to simulate vision impairment, we encourage individuals to drive "intoxicated" under our direction so that informed decisions can be made to avoid drinking and driving on Maine's roadways in the future.
This program is open to schools and businesses alike. If you would like to schedule an event for your organization, please contact Deputy Joe Schnupp.
Crime Prevention Tips
What is Identity Theft?
Identity theft involves acquiring key pieces of an individual's identifying information, such as name, address, date of birth, social security number, and mother's maiden name. Using this information the criminal(s) impersonate the individual by taking over bank accounts, applying for loans, credit cards, social security benefits, and establishing services with utility and phone companies.
What YOU can do to prevent identity theft.
1. Promptly remove mail from your mailbox after delivery.
2. Deposit outgoing mail in post office collection boxes. Do not leave in unsecured mail receptacles.
3. NEVER give personal information over the telephone, such as your social security number, date of birth, mother's maiden name, credit card number, or bank PIN code unless you initiated the call.
4. SHRED pre-approved credit applications, credit card receipts, bills, and other other financial information you don't want before discarding them in the trash.
5. Never leave your receipts at bank counters, trash receptacles, or unattended gasoline pumps. Keep track of all your paperwork. When you no longer need it, destroy it.
6. Sign all new credit cards upon receipt.
7. Never loan your credit cards to anyone.
8. Report all lost or stolen credit cards immediately.
9. BEWARE of mail or telephone solicitations disguised as promotions offering instant prizes or awards designed solely to obtain your personal information or credit card numbers.
Internet and on-line services
1. When you subscribe to an on-line service, you may be asked to give credit card information. When you enter any interactive service site, beware of con artists who may ask you to "confirm" your enrollment service by disclosing passwords or the credit card account number used to subscribe. Don't give them out!
2. Do not disclose any personal data unless you receive a secured authentication key from your provider.
Who to contact for copies of your credit report
Experian Information Solutions