The Macomb Police Department is investigating an incident in which counterfeit fifty dollar bills have been used to purchase items from a business. The business conducts in-store purchases as well as delivery purchases so it has not been confirmed how the counterfeit bills were obtained by the business. The counterfeit fifty dollar bills all have the same serial number of JD72596327A. These bills are of a high quality and are difficult to detect by feel alone. Businesses and individuals are cautioned to check any large bills being used in transactions. Any business coming in contact with any suspicious bills of any denomination are encouraged to call the Macomb Police Department immediately at 309-833-4505.
The Macomb Police Department today announced its plans for the 2014 Holiday “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over/Click It or Ticket” Crackdown. The intensified enforcement effort against drunk drivers and seat belt law violators underscores the disproportionate number of traffic deaths caused by alcohol and failure to buckle up. The stepped-up enforcement will begin Dec. 19th and run through January 4th, 2015. Enforcement efforts will concentrate on the deadly nighttime hours between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m.
According to data from the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the midnight to 3 a.m. timeframe is the deadliest time on Illinois roadways, and 9 p.m. is the time of day when data shows that alcohol involvement and low seat belt use begins to play a much more significant role in motor vehicle fatalities. Data shows alcohol and lack of belt use continues throughout the nighttime hours until 6 a.m.
Those driving under the influence will be arrested. Those traveling unbuckled will be ticketed. Drivers need to be responsible and take simple precautions. The Macomb Police Department recommends:
Plan ahead. Designate a sober driver before going out and give that person your keys.
If you are impaired, call a taxi, use mass transit or call a sober friend or family member to get you home safely.
Promptly report impaired drivers you see on the roadways to law enforcement.
Wear your safety belt. It is your best defense against an impaired driver.
The law enforcement crackdown runs concurrently with a media campaign that reminds motorists to “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” and “Click It or Ticket,” and is administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation with funds made available via the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Driving drunk brings a wide range of negative consequences into one’s life. Drunk drivers face jail time, loss of their driver licenses, and steep financial consequences such as higher insurance rates, attorney fees, court costs, lost time at work and the potential loss of employment.
The Macomb Police Department is dedicated to the safety of our community. Details as such are designed to increase the awareness of these issues in our community and to gain voluntary compliance with the motoring public. The increased enforcement details conducted during these times raises the perception of getting caught and deters potential impaired drivers and potential unbuckled drivers. The combined impaired driving and safety belt enforcement details will make further positive impact on reducing serious injuries and fatalities on our roads.
Thanksgiving Break Tips!
Thanksgiving is quickly approaching and soon staff and students will evacuate the northwest quadrant of town and head home for the holidays. Unfortunately this means that burglars will take advantage of the lack of population in that area. The northwest quadrant of town experiences numerous break-ins when school is not in session. Here are some tips to reduce your chances of becoming a victim.
- Take your valuables home with you. Laptops, music players, video game systems and televisions are the most commonly stolen items over break. To reduce the chances that your stuff is stolen, take it home with you.
- Make sure before you leave that all of your doors and windows are locked. The most common entry point for a burglar is a side or rear window. If they can find one unlocked then they can get in to your residence and walk out with your stuff. Not only should you lock your windows but we also suggest that you put a stick in the window to keep a burglar from pushing it upwards if they figure out how to bypass your lock.
- Mark your items with your driver’s license number. As part of Operation ID we suggest that you use an engraver to mark those valuable items that you just cannot take with you. When you do this it makes it harder for a criminal to take the item to a pawn shop and pawn it with someone else’s driver’s license number already engraved on it. You can check out an engraver from the Macomb Police Department Monday through Friday from 8am to 5pm. In addition, Operation ID advises to make a list of all your valuables to include the make, model, serial number or detailed description. Photographs help too! This way if you do become a victim you can provide the reporting officer this detailed list of what was stolen. This helps us to try to recover your valuables.
- Leave lights on in your residence and/or put them on a timer. If a residence looks like it is occupied then a burglar may bypass it.
- The Macomb Police Department does it’s best to provide extra patrol to the northwest quadrant of town when students are on break however we cannot be everywhere. We ask you the student to help us reduce crime by taking your valuables home.
The Macomb Police Department will be opening their range on Sunday November 2nd, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for hunters to site in their shotguns or muzzle loaders for deer season.
The Depoy Range is located at the entrance to Spring Lake Park. Targets will be provided. Everyone attending will be required to sign a waiver to participate and anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult over the age of 21. Shooters must also bring their own eye and ear protection.