Department News


48 Sherburne Ave Structure Fire

On 10/14/20 at approximately 7:57 p.m., Tyngsborough Police and Tyngsborough Fire responded to 48 Sherburne Ave for a report of a structure fire.

The Westford, Chelmsford, and Dunstable Fire Departments provided mutual aid assistance during the approximate three hours Tyngsborough Fire worked to extinguish the fire.

There were no reported injuries as a result of the fire.

The Tyngsborough Fire Department, Tyngsborough Police Detective Bureau, and State Fire Marshal’s Office are investigating the cause of the fire.

If anyone has information regarding this incident, please contact Detective Peter Kulisich at (978) 649-7504, Ext. 164.

Report of Explosion – No One Injured

Early this morning, at approximately 6:45 a.m., our department responded to a report of a device being detonated outside of a residence at 63 Coburn Road.

While en route to the scene officers were advised by Dispatch that the residents of the home were being evacuated and the Tyngsborough Fire Department was also responding.

Upon arrival, officers were met by the homeowner, who stated he was inside the home when he heard a loud explosion outside. When he opened his door to investigate, he saw a large cloud of smoke near the street, but did not see anyone who may have been responsible for the incident.

Following an initial investigation at the scene, Tyngsborough Police believe the device that was detonated was a type of firework. They have sent the evidence to the State Police lab for further analysis.

Police do not have any reason to believe there is any danger to the general public as a result of this incident.

The Massachusetts State Police Bomb Squad was notified and a trooper arrived at approximately 8:30 a.m. to assist in the investigation.

Officers found that the front door and front railing of the home sustained damage from shrapnel resulting from the explosion. There were pieces of an unknown material found on the front steps.

There were no injuries reported as a result of the incident.

The incident is currently under investigation by the Tyngsborough Police Department and Massachusetts State Police Bomb Squad.

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to contact the Tyngsborough Police Department, Detective Peter Kulisich at (978) 649-7504, or leave an anonymous tip by calling (978) 649-7504 (choose #9).

National Crime Prevention Month – Don’t Be A Victim

Tyngsborough Police Warn Residents about Common Scams During National Crime Prevention Month

TYNGSBOROUGH — As part of National Crime Prevention Month, Chief Richard D. Howe and the Tyngsborough Police wish to warn the public about common types of scams.
October is National Crime Prevention Month. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) reports that in 2019 consumers lost more than $1.9 billion to fraud with nearly $667 million lost to imposter scams alone.
Chief Howe warns that residents should NEVER give personal information, social security numbers or credit card numbers to people through social media, or to people who call their homes or cell phones unsolicited.
“Unfortunately, scams are not uncommon, especially during times of crisis and uncertainty. Scammers often target vulnerable populations including the elderly or those operating at a diminished mental capacity,” said Chief Howe. “Residents should educate themselves on common types of scams so that they and their loved ones do not fall victim to fraudsters.”
Common scams that target residents – specifically senior citizens – include:
  • Social Security Scams: Scammers pretend to be from the U.S. Social Security Administration and try to get your Social Security Number or money.
  • IRS Scams: Scammers call, pretending to be from the IRS, and say they’re filing a lawsuit against your back taxes.
  • Phishing Scams: Scammers use email or text messages to trick you into giving them your personal information.
  • Fake Check Scams: Scammers ask you to deposit a check for more than you are owed and send some of the money to another person.
  • Utility Scams: Scammers pose as bill collectors from utility companies and threaten to shut off service if you do not pay.
  • Sweepstakes: Someone calls to notify you that you have won a contest or sweepstakes and must send money to collect any winnings.
Often, the scammer will demand payment via electronic money order or pre-paid debit card. This should be an immediate red flag. No legitimate vendor will ever demand money via these means.
To prevent similar scams, the FTC recommends the following:
  • Do not take calls from unknown numbers.
  • Caller ID is not always accurate. A call from a “local” number might not be coming from a local person or organization.
  • Do not share personal, identifying information like your Social Security Number, account numbers, or your mother’s maiden name.
  • If a caller claims to represent an organization and you are doubtful, hang up and contact that agency to verify whether the call was truly from a representative.
  • Never pay a caller with a gift card.
  • Telemarketers are required by law to state that they are making a sales call. They are mandated to say the name of the seller and the product before pitching their sale. If this does not happen, hang up.
  • Be wary of callers who talk quickly and pressure you to make a decision quickly.
  • Do not buy a product or service because of a “free gift.”
  • Get all information in writing before making a purchase.
  • Verify the legitimacy of a charity before donating.
  • Before making an investment that a caller or emailer is offering, check with your state securities regulator to make sure the offer is properly registered.
  • Do not send cash by messenger, overnight mail, or money transfer. If you pay for a product or service with cash or a money transfer, you run the risk of losing the right to dispute fraudulent charges.
  • Do not accept an offer that requires a registration or shipping fee to get a prize or gift.
  • Beware of offers to “help” recover money that you already have lost. Scammers sometimes pose as law enforcement officers who will help get money back for a fee.
  • Report rude or abusive callers, even if you already sent them money, by calling 1-877-FTC-HELP or by visiting ftc.gov/complaint.
If anyone has any questions or feels that they have been victimized, they are encouraged to call the Tyngsborough Police Department.
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Trick or treating Saturday October 31, 6-8pm

Trick or treating will be Saturday October 31st from 6-8pm. Please follow health and safety guidelines provided by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.
 
Thank you, enjoy and stay safe.
 
Tips for a Safe and Healthy Halloween
As a reminder, the following COVID-19 prevention and mitigation standards apply to all activities in Massachusetts, including Halloween activities. Residents should adhere to each of the following:
Wear a face mask or face covering. For more information on face masks and face coverings, please see the state’s Mask Up MA webpage. https://www.mass.gov/news/mask-up-ma
Observe good hand hygiene, including hand washing and use of alcohol-based sanitizers with at least 60% alcohol. Carry hand sanitizer and use it often, especially after coming into contact with frequently touched surfaces and before eating candy.
Refrain from touching your face.
 
Stay home and refrain from Halloween activities, including handing out Halloween treats, if:
  • you feel unwell;
  • you have tested positive for COVID-19;
  • you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19; or
  • you have traveled to or from a state that is not classified as lower risk within the last 14 days. For more information on lower risk states, please see the state’s COVID-19 Travel Order webpage.
Maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet of physical distance from all other participants who are not members of the same household.
Halloween Activities
 
Residents and communities should follow the Halloween activity guidance released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to understand alternative ways to participate in Halloween that may limit the risk of exposure to COVID-19. As a reminder, any Halloween activities are subject to the current gathering size limits as well as applicable sector-specific workplace safety standards.