Crime Prevention Tips

LOCK YOUR VEHICLES

40% of car thefts occur from leaving vehicles unlocked.

Lock vehicles when pumping gas someone could open door and remove your purse or items, while you are at pump.

ATM’S

Be alert at ATM machines, when cashing checks or carrying large sums of money.  Check for suspicious vehicles that appear to be following you from bank or ATM’s locations.  If necessary drive into a busy section of City, Police Department or parking lot.  Do not drive down an isolated street.

HOME/PUBLIC

Should someone knock on your door, before answering, use your peephole for observation.  Have your cell phone in hand in case you need to call police. If they state its an emergency, do not give them your phone, call  police and advise them they are on the way.

In case you become a victim of a home invasion, have a practiced plan of action for you and your family.  Turn cell phones on vibrate if you have to hide.  Dial 911.

Should a stranger ask to use your cell phone, dial number for them, they can run off with your phone.

You can easily become a victim of crime when walking and talking on your cell phone in public.  Most criminals are opportunists; they look for people who are vulnerable or not paying attention to their surroundings.

FIREARMS

Put up and lock all firearms out of the reach of children.  Have a firearm safety plan for your home, go over it all with members of your family.

FIRES

Conduct and have a fire safety plan for your home.  Check and change smoke and carbon monoxide detectors batteries as needed.
Place fire extinguishers in home teach others in home on usage.


SCAMS

MAIL ORDER FRAUD

Most catalogue companies are honest and stand behind their products.  A few unscrupulous companies offer worthless products, medical miracles, and get rich schemes.  Scrutinize any offer.  If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

BANK EXAMINER

Sometimes we can be easily impressed by authority.  This is a scam that works because we don’t stop to question what we are told.  A so-called bank official asks you to help catch a dishonest teller.  All you have to do is withdraw your savings and give the money  to him so he can check the serial numbers or perform an audit.

If you do agree to help, you will be taken!  Remember a real bank official would NEVER ask you to withdraw your money.

TELEMARKETING SCAMS

In a free market economy, where people are promoting their businesses, telephone interruptions are a fact of life both at home and at the office. Although it is difficult to completely avoid such calls, there is much you can do to limit them.  Educate yourself about the tip-offs of a possible telemarketing scam:

  • You are offered something free that you did not ask for or anticipate. This should always raise suspicions.
  • Someone calls to verify your VISA card number because you have won a free gift. DO NOT OUT YOUR CREDIT CARD NUMBERS to people you are not familiar with.
  • An executive travel club calls and claims you’ve won a free vacation provided your credit card is current.
  • You are offered a free product or service but must pay shipping or insurance charges.
  • You receive a solicitation from a company you’ve never heard of.
  • You are asked to sign up for an introductory offer over the phone.
  • You hear phrases like ”Act now,” “Today only,” prepayment required

The first thing to do is hang up.  Never give your credit card number out over the phone.  Ask them to put you on their “do not call list.  Contact the Direct Marketing Association to have your name removed from future mailing lists.  This will not completely eliminate your name from circulation, but it should reduce the number of calls.  The DMA also offers an opt out service for telemarketing and e-mail advertising.  Contact DMA by mail or over the Internet at the following address:

Direct Marketing Association
Mail Preference Service
1111 19th St. NW, Suite 1100
Washington, DC  20036-3606
www.dmaconsumers.org

Contact: Captain Ferrell at 251-331-3699 for further information.