Thanks for getting to know us Jamie…
I just wanted to send a huge thank you to you and your officers for being so welcoming on the ride alongs I did. Every one of them was friendly, engaging, and I can tell your department cares a lot about the Lake Mills community and what they do. I learned a lot from each one of them, and they each clearly have different things they’re more interested in which I think is awesome. If I were interested in law enforcement as a career, these ride alongs would have been incredibly informative and encouraging, and they told me a lot about all of the different directions and areas of focus there are in law enforcement, even in a smaller town.
I’m sure you don’t need to hear it from me, but seems to me your department is doing amazing things for the community. I would be happy to share a little bit about my experience on my Facebook page if you’re open to that (I of course will not share any details about anything I observed specifically). Anyway, feel free to share my feedback with your officers – they deserve it! I plan on bringing in some kind of goodies for them in the near future as a thank you – make sure your second and third shift get some. 😉
Thank you again for all of your support,
Owner & Lead Trainer
New Cell Phone Law…
Effective October 1st it will be illegal to use your cell phone while driving in a work zone. Click on the link below for further.
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE, TRADE, AND CONSUMER PROTECTION
CARD SKIMMERS FOUND IN FUEL DISPENSERS AT WISCONSIN STATIONS
September 13, 2016
MADISON – It only takes seconds for a criminal to install a credit/debit card skimming device on a fuel dispenser, giving them instant access to future customers’ financial information. Inspectors from the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection’s Weights and Measures Bureau have recently become aware of skimmers in gas dispensers at stations throughout Wisconsin. DATCP advises consumers to keep a close eye on their card statements and on the pumps they use to fill their vehicles.
Skimmers take one of two forms at gas dispensers:
- external devices — false card readers that fit over actual card reader on the pump
- internal devices — typically a communications cable with an in-line recording device that is run between the card reader and main board
“A consumer may likely have no indication that they used an altered dispenser until they find a discrepancy on their bank statements,” said Frank Frassetto, Division Administrator of Trade and Consumer Protection.
“The best defense against card skimmer theft is a strong offense, so we strongly encourage shoppers to pay close attention to their monthly statements and to regularly check their credit reports,” said Frassetto. “Report any potential skimmer-related fraudulent activity to the financial institution and to the station where the transaction occurred.”
While at the pump, consumers can protect themselves by:
- Lightly wiggling the card reader on the pump. External skimmers may feel loose and come off.
- Looking to see if any security seals have been broken on the dispenser cabinet. If you see any signs of tampering, tool marks or loose card readers, tell the store manager and do not use that pump.
For more information or to report possible skimmers, contact DATCP’s Weights and Measures team at 608-224-4942 or via email: email@example.com. A fact sheet on card skimmers is available on the DATCP website.