Person posing as Oncor employee offering to install a smart meter.
Our department received reports of a male subject going door to door attempting to offer smart meters to residents. Essentially, the scam involves the male soliciting smart meters and posing as an Oncor representative. He then tells residents that if they do not switch to a smart meter, Oncor will charge $200 and requests financial information and/or a copy of their electric bills.
The male is described as a white or Hispanic male, 5’6″-5’8″, late 20’s, dark hair, closely trimmed beard, stocky build, wearing a green reflective vest and an Oncor shirt, carrying a clipboard and smart meter paperwork. If you encounter a subject matching this description or encounter someone attempting the same scam, please contact police dispatch (via 9-1-1 or 817-281-1000) so an officer can be dispatched to the area. Dispatchers are available 24/7 to take your call.
Solicitors in North Richland Hills are required to register for a permit. All active solicitors are displayed via the City site. You can view them and other related information via the link.
From the desk of Mental Health Officer Morgan:
If you have a family member who suffers from schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, you’ve almost certainly experienced the difficulty in helping them deal with their illness.
Below you’ll find an interesting, and hopefully useful, link to an article about “anosognosia”. The article goes into more detail but anosognosia is a condition that approximately 50% of sufferers of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder (though not mentioned in the article) suffer from.
This condition leaves them unable to recognize that they are sick which leads to non-compliance with treatment and frustration on the parts of all involved. It’s not the same as denial; it’s a complete lack of insight to their condition. Sometimes this leads to families cutting children, spouses, or otherwise out of their lives because of the frustration and tensions that build.
This article mentions contacting NAMI for help. NAMI is a great resource. If I might suggest another, pick up the book, “I’m Not Sick. I Don’t Need Help” by Dr. Xavier Amador. This book has a lot of information about not only the condition, but how to help your family member or loved one help themselves, get treatment, and stay compliant . This book can be found at all major retailers websites and there are electronic versions for e-readers such as the Kindle and Nook.
How Caregivers Can Cope With Anosognosia
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