The Lafayette Police Department is also preparing for the summer. Lafayette Police Chief Jerry Dallas and the Lafayette Police officers would like to make the community aware of scam artists. If you are remodeling a home and need to use a contractor, be sure to check all credentials and have accurate phone numbers. Do not hesitate to ask for references and follow up on the information they provide. Always be leery of a person who asks for money before the labor is completed.
If you plan to pave your driveway or seal the existing driveway, also get the correct information and contact any numbers they provide.
According to Lt. Bryan Satterfield, less than one year ago a couple inside the city limits was scammed out of $1000 in a driveway sealant scam. Lt. Satterfield said, "If someone is concerned that a person may be running a scam operation, contact the LPD and we can tell them if we have heard of them. If we haven't, we will certainly check them out."
Scam artists tend to prey on the elderly and upscale neighborhoods and often times watch a person and their home for several days to "scope" out the area.
Officers would like to inform the public that they will increase patrol at the City Park and Key Park. With the warm weather, children will be playing on the outdoor equipment while parents circle the track or chat under the pavilion. The police hope that by increasing patrol, parents can feel safe.
If anyone feels uncomfortable, notices anyone with suspicious behavior, or feels they are being scammed contact the Lafayette Police Department at 666-4725.