ALERT: Phone Scams

809 (and other) Area Code Scams

This long distance phone scam causes consumers to inadvertently incur high charges on their phone bills. Consumers usually receive a message telling them to call a phone number with an 809, 284, 649, or 876 area code in order to collect a prize, find out information about a sick relative, etc. The caller assumes the number is a typical three-digit U.S. area code; however, the caller is actually connected to a phone number outside the United States, often in Canada or the Caribbean, and charged international call rates. Unfortunately, consumers don’t find out that they have been charged higher international call rates until they receive their bill.
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National Night Out 2012 (Update)

Latest Sponsors & Supplies List (07/31)

Sponsors & Supplies
Wally’s Party Factory
242 North LBJ Drive
San Marcos, TX 78666   [map]
(512) 392-5999
Large selection of Hawaiian themed party supplies.

 

Registration Underway! ALOHA! (06/19)

Sheriff Gary Cutler and the Hays County Sheriff’s Office is excited about this year’s National Night Out. We are expecting to have a greater National Night Out than last year. National Night Out is October 2, 2012!
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TIP: Fireworks Safety Tips from Hays County Fire Marshal’s Office

Attached/below is information from the Hays County Fire Marshal’s Office that will help keep you safe should you choose to use fireworks this Fourth of July.  Please share this information with colleagues who do not have access to computers.

FIREWORK SAFETY TIPS

Ø  Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks.

Ø  Avoid buying fireworks that are packaged in brown paper because this is often a sign that the fireworks were made for professional displays and that they could pose a danger to consumers.

Ø  Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities. Parents don’t realize that young children suffer injuries from sparklers. Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees – hot enough to melt some metals.

Ø  Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse. Back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks.

Ø  Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully.

Ø  Never point or throw fireworks at another person.

Ø  Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap.

Ø  Light fireworks one at a time, then move back quickly.

Ø  Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.

Ø  After fireworks complete their burning, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding it to prevent a trash fire.

Ø  Make sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them.

HCSO Seeks Residential Gate Codes for Emergency Access

The Hays County sheriff’s office is asking residents that have a coded gate granting access to their property to provide the code so that dispatchers have it on file for emergencies.

Gated communities, private residences, apartment complexes and commercial properties are among the properties the sheriff’s office is seeking codes from to update its databases in the Emergency Communications Division.

Residents should email their gate code to vips@co.hays.tx.us with GATE CODE in the subject line or call 512-393-7373, according to the sheriff’s office.

The agency is also requesting the following information:

  • The name of the location
  • A contact person
  • The physical or 911 address
  • Any special instructions or extra information, such as whether a pet lives at the home or a resident is hearing impaired
  • A phone number

HCSO Announces Release of Citizen Observer / Tip411 Program

Sheriff Gary Cutler is pleased to announce the release of the Hays County Sheriff’s Office Citizen Observer / Tip411 Program. In a press conference earlier today, Sheriff Cutler explained that this program will allow another form of secure communication between the citizens of Hays County and their Hays County Sheriff’s Office.

Citizen Observer is a web based program that allows citizens to subscribe to alerts and messages that can be sent by the sheriff’s office via email and text messaging. This will allow the Hays County Sheriff’s Office to send notifications and information out to the community in times of emergency. This program will also allow the sheriff’s office to send out information on ongoing investigations and crimes, in an attempt to solicit participation from the community.

The Tip411 portion of the program also citizens to submit tips to the sheriff’s office via text messaging from all mobile phones companies. This will allow the tipster to remain anonymous and to communicate with the sheriff’s office via text message.

To sign up for alerts go to www.citizenobserver.com
To text a tip text HCTXSO plus the information to 847411

You can also submit a tip via the Hays County Sheriff’s Office facebook page, by clicking “Submit a Tip”.