Mackinaw City Police Department
The Mackinaw City Police Department has seven full time officers and one part time parking enforcement officer serving our Village. We coordinate many community safety programs including 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.
Counterfeit Money Alert
The The Mackinaw City Police Department is alerting citizens and business owners of a recent increase in counterfeit money use. While it is not uncommon to receive counterfeit money reports throughout the year, the police department has fielded more recently. We are asking citizens and local merchants to be aware when accepting bills and urge you to check its authenticity. Citizens who come into possession of these bills or any other counterfeit currency are requested to contact their local authorities. There are several methods that can be used to identify counterfeit currency. Pens can be purchased that will assist in detecting counterfeit bills. The United States Secret Service also offers advice at https://www.secretservice.gov/data/KnowYourMoney.pdf.
Chief Woods would also 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.