Criminal Activity Warning
Chief Woods would like to remind the residents of Mackinaw City of various telephone and e-mail scams which are becoming more common in our area. Many complaints from this activity involve residents who have been offered money. Many of these scams ask for financial information, including social security numbers, bank account numbers, and credit card information. Some scams may promise large amounts of money in exchange for a small processing or handling fee. The Mackinaw City Police Department asks that residents not give out personal or financial information over the telephone or via e-mail.
Many of these telemarketers gather this information for identity theft and to obtain money from accounts. If you think you may have doubts about your account you are asked to call your credit card company or bank to verify that no illegal activity has taken place.
Recently, there had been several complaints about someone calling and saying they are from Consumers Energy and they are on their way to shut the power off if you don’t pay it now. They are directing the home owners and businesses to go to a Walgreens, Rite Aid, and CVS to obtain a green card to pay directly to this person. Consumers Energy has been notified and their fraud division is currently working on the situation. If you should receive phone calls like these please do not give out personal information. If you feel you may have been a victim please call Consumers Energy immediately. They can be reached at (800) 477-5050.
You can register your home, business, or cellular phone numbers at the National Do Not Call Registry at www.donotcall.gov or by calling 1-888-382-1222.
Mackinaw City Police Department
The Mackinaw City Police Department has five full time officers and two part time officers serving our Village. We coordinate many community safety programs including D.A.R.E., T.E.A.M. (Teaching Educating And Mentoring), bicycle patrols, snowmobile and hunter safety, bicycle safety, and Shop with a Hero.
The Mackinaw City Police Department is proud to participate in Project Childsafe which offers gun locks free of charge for safety in the home. Anyone interested in obtaining gun locks may stop in at the department during normal business hours.
In 1997 the Mackinaw City Police Department joined 911 dispatch services with 13 other police agencies in the counties of Cheboygan, Charlevoix, and Emmet. This created the CCE Central Dispatch Authority to better serve the needs of Northern Michigan. All emergency services are dispatched from the CCE facility in Petoskey. This includes Police, Fire, and Ambulance service. To contact an officer 24 hours a day just dial 911.
NOTICE: Unlike other systems, 911 is also used as a NON-EMERGENCY number. There is ample staff to handle all emergency and non-emergency calls to 911 . Please use this number to contact our officers for any reason, at any time throughout the day and night.
NOTE: If you are calling from out of the Tri-County area please call the CCE Administrative number : (231) 439-3300