Frequently neighbors post on Front Porch Forum offering free items. What happens when the wrong item is taken?
“I am hoping this is a misunderstanding, but I posted a listing on FPF advertising free lawn mowers to give away. Several folks contacted me and one gentleman came and picked up 2 while I was here (those mowers are NOT in question). However, 2 mowers were taken that WERE NOT available to take because they are our running mowers. I am asking that if you took them thinking they were free, contact me and return them, no questions asked.”
Shortly after this post, a neighbor responds!
“The mowers were returned and my faith in my neighbors has been confirmed!! Thank you to the person that returned them and, again, I am sorry for the confusion!!! Thank God for good people and Front Porch Forum!!!“ • Bill in Hyde Park
Every now and then we see crime report postings on FPF. This one caught our eye!
“Sometime between Friday night, 6:36pm and Saturday 6:00pm, our 8 foot tall 3/4” plywood silhouette of Sasquatch was stolen from our yard. Contact us if you have seen him or her.” • Paul in So. Wheelock
This is also not the first time Front Porch Forum members have posted about Sasquatch:
“I heard from a woman whose son and several classmates saw a Sasquatch behind the Elementary School last winter and a man who has heard house-rattling screams late at night. “ • Christopher in East Calais
A local police department warns neighbors and provides tips on Front Porch Forum.
“We have received several calls from elderly citizens recently regarding fraudulent “robo calls” (recorded automated phone calls) from someone claiming the recipients of the calls have not paid their taxes. They threaten police action if a payment is not made immediately.
Neither the Internal Revenue Service nor the Vermont Department of Taxes will make contact by phone and demand immediate payment for unpaid taxes. Local police, sheriff’s departments, and state police are not involved in enforcing payments of federal or state taxes.
Should you receive a call like this, do not confirm or give out personal information, simply hang up and make a report to the Vermont Attorney General’s Office at the Consumer Assistance Program site below:
You can sign up for scam alerts from the Vermont Attorney General’s Office at this site:
Information on this specific scam from the Internal Revenue Service:
Please contact your elderly friends and family members and inform them of this scam.”
• Michael with the Montpelier Police Department
Share this info on your own FPF!
Isle La Motte’s Town Clerk reaches out on Front Porch Forum for help in finding their missing porto-let!
“The porto-let placed at the Isle La Motte Rec Field was stolen. It is tan unit, If anyone has any information, please call the Town Hall. Thank you.”
Neighbors keep each other alert on FPF when theft is apparent:
“Hello neighbors, just wanted to let you know that someone broke into my car this past Saturday night. Must have happened between 11 pm – 7 am. They ransacked looking for anything to take. Remember to lock your doors!”
• Jenny in Malletts Bay
“My home was broken into during the day earlier this week through an unlocked window. As the temperatures rise, remember to keep windows and doors locked when you’re away and report any suspicious activity.” • Claire in Burlington
FPF members are sharing news in their neighborhoods on how to deal with ticks.
“After talking to area residents we think reporting tick bites will help us know and get a feel for our local situation. It would be helpful to answer all or some of these questions.
– When were you bitten?
– Where do you think you picked up the tick?
– Were you wearing repellent?
– Do you know what kind it was? (Example – Deer Tick/Black Legged Tick, Dog Tick, Lone Star Tick, etc. Google to identify.)
– Did you take the tick to a health center or send it in to be tested (University Of Mass is one place that tests)?
Please report onto your neighborhood Front Porch Forum to help raise awareness. See a very interesting and informative graph for Vermont that updates Every week.” • Susan in Waitsfield
Keep alert and informed during tick season!
Neighbors look out for each other on FPF. There have been two dozen reports since Jan. 1 of car windows being shot out by a BB gun in Burlington, city police say. “Incidents recently were reported on Front Porch Forum” confirms the Burlington Free Press.
“Keep an eye out, our son’s car was shot at several times with a BB gun in our drive way this past week.” • Wendy in Colchester
“heads up that the rear windscreen of our car was ‘shot out’ by a BB Gun – looks as if there’s a rash of these incidents in and around our neighborhood.” • Craig in Burlington
“We just noticed that our car was shot at multiple times with a BB gun whilst parked outside our house.” • Joanne in Burlington
“This is my first post…someone shot our car with a BB gun. We have Damage to our windshield and what appears as three shots above the right headlight.” • Amanda in Burlington
“We’d like to put you on alert that our vehicle parked in our private driveway was vandalized. The likely source of the damage was a bb gun, and the damage was extensive to the body and glass.”
• Nicole in Winooski
Keep your neighbors alerted on FPF and remember to report all incidents to your local police.
Residents are looking out for each other in Essex as thefts of delivered packages have been noted on Front Porch Forum. Watch Local 22 TV to see how neighbors watch out for each other to increase public safety!
Ghost of Midnight is an online journal about fostering community within neighborhoods, with a special focus on Front Porch Forum (FPF). My wife, Valerie, and I founded FPF in 2006... read more