Tenafly Police Department Receive Accreditation
After a two year process, the department received Accreditation status on March 10th, 2016 after attending a hearing in South Brunswick before the Accreditation board of the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police. The board unanimously agreed to certify the agency after reviewing the on-site inspection report that was conducted and prepared by the board's assessors, and the outcome of the hearing. At the May 10th, 2016 Tenafly Borough Council meeting, NJSACOP Accreditation Program Manager, Harry Delgado, presented the official certificate to Chief Robert Chamberlain. Mr. Delgado spoke about the process and the prestige the certification brings with it. Chief Chamberlain spoke briefly about the process and how the certification is proof of the department's professionalism and commitment to excellence. He also thanked Retired Chief Mike Bruno for his initiative to seek accreditation and get the process started, the Rodgers Group for the professional service they delivered, the Bergen J.I.F. for funding the initial project, and the Borough Officials who approved the measure. Chief Chamberlain further extended his gratitude to the members (sworn and non-sworn) of the department who embraced the process and assisted in their respective roles and capacities, and Capt. Michael deMoncada, the department's Accreditation Manager, for being instrumental in making this day happen.
Home Security & Burglary Prevention
Consider the following tips to make your home appear occupied and less attractive to a burglar:
- Use interior and exterior timer lights. Make sure to adjust them periodically to the changing sunset times.
- Install motion lights that illuminate entrance ways.
- Leave a TV or radio on.
- Consider parking one of your vehicles in the driveway instead of in the garage.
- Never allow newspapers or mail to accumulate.
- Consider an alternate location for packages or dry cleaning to be left. Items such as these are telltale signs that you're not home.
- Have your driveway and walkways cleared of snow.
- Make sure your lawn is mowed and maintained.
- Close you garage when you leave.
- Keep trees and shrubs trimmed and away your doors.
Consider the below tips to protect your home from a break in:
- Always lock your doors and windows when your not home.
- Be sure to secure the deadlock if your door has one.
- Have a deadlock installed on all entry/exit doors.
- Always activate your burglar alarm.
- Secure the security bar or jamb on patio sliding doors.
- Don't leave an extra key near the door in an obvious place. Be creative.
- Consider installing surveillance cameras around your home.
- Don't leave your valuables in obvious locations like the master bedroom. Remove jewelry from dresser tops and drawers. Be creative.
- Lag bolt your safe to your wall or floor if you have one. Remember to lock the safe!
- Let a trusting neighbor know when you're going away for a period of time. Ask them to keep an eye out.
While there is no guaranteed method(s) that will prevent your home from being broken into, following any or a combination of the above recommendations may be the difference of having your home being targeted, or passed up.
Scams are on the rise especially against the elderly. Many of the scams we see originate from outside of the Country and are difficult to investigate due to jurisdiction rules. Any offer that claims you have won a cash prize, settlement, lottery, etc. which asks you to pay the taxes up front is bogus! Additionally, any offer that claims you have won something from a source you didn't enter is bogus! Never confirm any of your personal information if they have it, and never give out any of your information. If anything, try to obtain the name of the organization, the person calling you, the address and phone number and forward that information to the Tenafly Police Department's Detective Bureau.