Welcome to the What's New section of the web site. Here we will strive to provide you with the latest information about the Irvington Police Department, community, safety issues and other law enforcement related information.
Protect Your Home
The following are ways that you can protect your home and minimize your chance of becoming the victim of a burglary. The following list of helpful tips should be considered if you’re planning a trip; some apply throughout the year:
- Make sure all windows and doors are locked, including those leading to your garage.
- Curtains or blinds on garage windows will help to prevent prowlers from seeing valuables inside.
- Make sure the doors of your home have adequate pick resistant type deadbolt locks.
- Consult a good locksmith.
- Have a trusted family member, friend or neighbor check your home regularly. Have them pick up mail, newspapers, packages and deliveries (or consider having them stopped so they do not accumulate). Also, leave that person a copy of your travel itinerary and a number where you can be reached in an emergency.
- Arrange to have the lawn cut and the bushes trimmed.
- If you have a second car, leave it in your driveway; if not, let a neighbor park there.
- Do not leave a key under a doormat, flowerpot, or on a window ledge. That’s the first place burglars will look.
- Do not leave a message on your home or work answering machine, which may indicate your absence.
- Have timers programmed to turn on lights, a radio and/or television at various times and locations throughout the house.
- Do not keep valuable jewelry at home. Keep it with other small valuables and important documents in a safe deposit box.
- Maintain an inventory of your valuable property. Keep a list of serial numbers and consider engraving certain items with an identifying number.
- If you have an alarm system, service it regularly and use it. If not, consider buying one - many affordable options are available.
Although this list may appear to be basic, at times, all of us may tend to neglect simple safety precautions.
As a reminder when dialing 911 from a Cellular Phone it does not dial directly to the Irvington Police Station. A Cellular 911 call goes to New York State Police, located in Newburgh, N.Y. When calling via 911 inform the operator to connect you directly to the Irvington Police Department.
Calling 911 via “Landline” in Irvington will dial directly to the Irvington Police Department. If you need immediate assistance in Irvington you may also call 914.591.8080, as this number as well as 911 is manned 24 hours a day. It is recommended that you store the Irvington Police Department’s phone number on your cell phone speed dial for a direct response and easy access.
Scams, Fraud, Internet Crimes, ID Theft
The Irvington Police Department is warning residents about telephone extortion scams.
Here is an example:
A resident will receive a telephone call from someone claiming that they know a family member who is somehow in trouble and needs money wired immediately. The caller attempts to pressure the victim to send money without verifying the family member’s whereabouts.
In one scenario, the caller claims that they have just been in a motor vehicle crash with a relative of the victim who
refuses to pay for the damage. The caller claims to be holding the relative at gunpoint until the victim pays several
thousand dollars. Other scenarios may include the caller claiming a family member of the victim has been arrested and needs money for bail, or a family member owes someone money. The victim is told to withdraw money from an ATM and the caller will guide them to an institution (our victims have been instructed to go to Western Union) where they can wire
money. The victim is also told he is being watched to ensure he is following directions.
Victims are often randomly selected and the caller is often able to convince the target that the scenario is real. There have been a few variations of this scam, but they run pretty much the same way. The premise is generally the same. We are warning residents to first try to independently verify the threatened relative’s whereabouts but not to give out any personal information to the caller.
Residents should report it to the Police (914) 591 - 8080.
This site provides information to avoid becoming a victim in a variety of scams: FakeChecks.org
If you have been a victim of an Internet Scam or Mail Fraud here are some websites that can help:
FTC.gov (watch the video to see if a complaint needs to be filed)
USPIS.gov (covers most frauds)
The Police Department has also become aware of an increase in online fraud from sites such as