A Franklin Police Detective who was recently at a Franklin park took note of someone else who wasn’t supposed to be. The detective followed up and determined that Howard Anderson, a convicted sex offender, is prohibited from being in places like the park, so she got a warrant and arrested him.
Anderson was arrested earlier this week and charged with Violation of the Sex Offender Registry, a Class-E Felony. He was released from jail after posting the $1,500 bond set by the Magistrate. Anderson is due in court on December 21.
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Franklin Police have initiated a security plan designed to safeguard shoppers, deter crime, and arrest criminals at Franklin’s shopping venues, now through the remainder of the Christmas shopping season.
Franklin Police Officers assigned to the city’s shopping districts will be working overtime to keep Franklin safe for residents, visitors, and businesses.
Using highly-visible patrols by uniformed officers and plain-clothes officers in unmarked vehicles, Franklin Police will work closely with retailers, security teams, and the District Attorney’s Office to ensure shoplifters, identity thieves, auto burglars, and other criminals who try to take advantage of this busy time of year are prosecuted to the full extent of the law.
Remember to park smart!Thieves love crowded parking lots and are known to randomly check door handles for unlocked car doors while peering into windows to see what’s inside. Even if you lock your car doors, when crooks see valuables inside, they often force entry by breaking a lock or window. Once inside, thieves push the trunk release to check for purses or other stowed valuables. Police recommend never leaving purses or other valuables in a parked car. Safeguarding a community is everyone’s responsibility, and citizens play a big role in deterring crime.
Subscribe to Nixle Citizen Alerts to get information that Franklin Police need residents to know about & take immediate action on. Those alerts are few and far between…probably less than a dozen a year. Just text your zip code to 888777 to opt-in.
Nextdoor.com: Search for your neighborhood and opt-in. Franklin Police share geographically-based info there when they need to get word to a specific neighborhood or two.
If you’ve ever been curious about what crime looks like in and around your Franklin neighborhood, you can visit Franklin PD’s CityProtect.com and enter your address. The search is highly customizable, so you can get a good understanding of recent and historical incidents in areas of town that matter most to you.
Crime Prevention Tips:
Do not leave valuables in your vehicle, i.e. purses, packages, backpacks, phones, computers, tablets, money, credit cards, guns, etc.
If you have visitors staying at your home or in a nearby hotel, have them bring their belongings in, especially at night.
Lock your vehicle.
Never leave your vehicle running & unattended.
Keep deliveries from being stolen by package thieves by having them delivered to your work or stay-at-home neighbor’s house instead of having them left, unattended, on your front porch.
Avoid setting your purse or wallet in a shopping cart, and be sure to keep your purse zipped or snapped.
If you see or hear anything that seems suspicious, call Franklin Police: (615) 794-2513.
While we shop and cook and hang holiday lights, scammers are busy looking for their next targets. The Better Business Bureau has issued a list of scams to be on the lookout for during the holiday season and tips on how to keep yourself from being the next victim.
Online Shopping: Most stores have switched to chip reading credit card machines to reduce the risk of fraud and skimming. However, scammers are now focusing their efforts online. To protect yourself and your money, financial experts recommend using a credit card instead of a debit card when making online purchases.
Lookalike Websites: It’s very easy for scammers to mimic real websites. Look for the HTTPS and lock symbol at the top of the webpage; the “s” stands for secure. Also, look at the spelling of the web address. It is extremely easy for tricksters to change or add an extra letter to make it look legitimate.
Fake Shipping Notifications: This scam is used with different techniques. You may receive an email with attachments or links that could download malware to your computer to steal your personal information. You could also receive a nondescript postcard where you are instructed to call the number on the card which could lead to you revealing private information and/or when the house is vacant. Don’t fall for it!
Phony Charities: Scammers like to take advantage of the holiday spirit by using fake charity solicitations in your email, by phone, and on social media sites. You can verify charities at www.give.orgor https://givingmatters.civicore.com/.
Temporary Holiday Jobs: A lot of companies need additional help during the holidays. Steer clear of job postings that ask you to share personal information or pay for job leads.
Emergency Scams: Be extremely skeptical if you receive a call from a “relative” saying they have been arrested, kidnapped, or hospitalized while traveling. Never send money unless you can verify the information with another family member first.
Letters from Santa: There are several reputable companies that offer personalized letters from Santa Claus; however, scammers like to use this as a way to obtain personal and financial information from parents and grandparents.
Unusual Forms of Payment: Be wary of anyone asking for prepaid debit cards, gift cards, wire transfers, etc. as a form of payment. These transactions cannot be traced or refunded.
Travel Scams: Use caution when searching for travel bargains. Remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
Social Media Gift Exchange: It sounds fun to purchase one gift and receive so much more in return; however, this holiday “fun” is actually a pyramid scheme, which is illegal.
Gift Card Scams: Gift cards are always a great idea for the holidays. Just remember to be vigilant. Avoid gift cards displayed in the open. If you choose one that is in a package, inspect the package or open it in front of the cashier to ensure it has not been replaced with a phony. Keep your receipt and register the card online with a new PIN (if possible).
Online Pet Shopping: During the holidays a lot of people look for the perfect gift which could be a pet. Be skeptical of online pet sales. You might receive a pet from a “puppy mill” which could increase the likelihood of poor health, or you may receive nothing at all.
Franklin Police are hoping someone might recognize this auto burglar. He can be seen, in this video, checking for unlocked car doors in Franklin’s Ralston Glen neighborhood. He stole an assortment of items from at least two unlocked vehicles. Franklin Police want to remind residents of the importance of locking their car doors, even when parked in your own driveway.
There is a cash reward available to anyone who recognizes the suspect.
Franklin Police and Crime Stoppers have offered a cash reward for information that leads to the arrest of three shoplifters. They stole several pairs of Nike shoes from the Mallory Lane DSW. The trio left in a gray Infinity with dark tinted windows.
Through December 18, the Franklin Police Department is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Police Officer. Testing will be held on January 14. Qualified applicants will be contacted with test day instructions upon successful completion of their application.
$47,500 for P.O.S.T. Certified Officers, increasing to $50k after probation
$44,000 for entry-level, non-P.O.S.T. Certified Officers
Take-home car program
4-day work week
On-site fitness facilities
Vacation & sick leave, paid personal days, and paid holidays
You can leave unwrapped toys for children, ages 1-17, in the Franklin Police Headquarters lobby, Monday through Friday, from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, between now and December 15.
On February 16, 2015, Kristi Clark and her 10-year-old son, Carter Oakley, were hit by a semi and killed after the two got out of their car to help five people in an overturned SUV on an ice-covered I-65, in Franklin. Nearly seven years later, Kristi’s dad, Brad Lewis, stays very much in touch with members of the Franklin Police Department. A bond brought about by tragedy has blessed needy families every Christmas since, and all in memory of two good Samaritans who died helping others in need.
Brad Lewis, a skilled craftsman, has built 10-wooden toy boxes in his daughter & grandson’s honor. Now, Franklin Police Officers want to fill them with gifts for needy Franklin families.
The Franklin Police Department needs – new toy donations –
Citizens can drop off a new, unwrapped gift for children up to 17-years-old, –Monday through Friday from 8am to 5pm–
Monetary donations cannot be accepted.