Newark Police Warn of Thefts of Checks From the US Mail

The Newark Police Department is issuing a public advisory regarding several recent thefts of checks from outgoing mail.  Over the last five weeks, the Newark Police Department has received multiple reports of checks being stolen from the United States Postal Service (USPS) outgoing mail after having been dropped off in various USPS mailboxes around the City of Newark.  The suspects have taken the mailed  checks, altered them and then cashed them at various locations throughout the United States.  The value of the checks cashed totals more than $50,000.  The manner and method of the theft of the mail remains under investigation.

To avoid becoming a victim of mail theft, the Newark Police recommend that payments be made through electronic means (bank bill pay service, direct debit, etc) when possible.  Additional tips to prevent theft through the mail can be found here.

The Newark Police are working with the United States Postal Inspection Service on this case.  Any City of Newark resident who has been a victim of mail theft and has not reported the incident to police should contact Lt. Fred Nelson at fnelson@newark.de.us or 302-366-7100 ext. 3119.  Additional methods for providing information to Newark Police can be found on our tips page, where reward information may also be available.

Newark Police to Sponsor FREE Overdose Prevention Training

The Newark Police Department and the New Castle County Community Response Team have partnered to provide overdose prevention training.  This FREE training will train members of the community to recognize signs of an opioid overdose and teach the steps necessary to help save a life.  After completion of the training, participants will receive a naloxone kit provided by the Delaware Division of Public Health.  The class is designed for those who have friends or family who use opioids and will prepare them to recognize and respond to an overdose.

What:     Overdose Prevention Training
When:    September 11, 2020 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Where:   Edna C. Dickey Park – 60 Madison Drive  Newark, DE

No registration is required for this event.

For additional information, go to helpisherede.com.

A downloadable flyer can be found here.

According to the Delaware Division of Public Health:

Naloxone, generally known by the brand name Narcan®, is a lifesaving medication that can reverse an opioid overdose in just minutes. It usually takes effect very quickly to restore a normal respiratory rate to a person whose breathing has slowed or stopped as a result of an overdose. First responders, law enforcement officers, and school nurses aren’t the only individuals who should carry naloxone. If you use opioids or you have friends or family who use opioids, you should consider getting naloxone and having a plan of action — and notifying family and friends where you are storing naloxone — so everyone knows what to do in the case of an overdose emergency.

Naloxone should be given only to someone experiencing an opioid overdose. Overdose most often occurs when people take a large or increased amount of opioids, mix opioids with alcohol or other drugs, or have had recent changes in tolerance levels.