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Burglary Prevention

 

What is Burglary and what do Burglars look for?

     When a person enters a building with the intent to commit a crime, unless the premises are open to the public at the time of entry.  Burglars go through neighborhoods looking for uncut lawns and stuffed mailboxes. In the evening, they look for darkened houses or lights that have been left on too long.

     Another tactic Burglars use is simply approaching a home and ringing the doorbell.  If someone is home and answers the door the burglar may pretend to be lost and ask for directions.  If you have someone approach your home in this manner, call the police immediately. Try to get a description of the person and any involved vehicle, along with a license plate number if possible to pass on to the police. The police will verify the story and offer any necessary assistance.

 

     The following burglary prevention tips will help to make you and your family safer.

  • LOCK YOUR DOORS AND WINDOWS - Most burglars are opportunists. Many gain entry by "cruising" the neighborhood looking for unlocked residences. This allows a quiet and easy entrance to your home.

  • LIGHT UP THE OUTSIDE - Good exterior lighting is one of the best deterrents of a burglar. Inexpensive electric timers, electric photo-cells, or passive infrared sensors will automatically turn lights on and off. If a burglar is afraid they will be seen around your house they won't approach it.

  • DON'T GIVE A BURGLAR A PLACE TO HIDE - Shrubbery should never block the view of your exterior doors and windows. This allows a burglar a place to hide while they attempt to gain entry into your home. It also shields then from passing neighbors and police patrols.

  • REPORT ALL SUSPICIOUS PERSONS TO THE POLICE - Report all suspicious persons to the police immediately. "Cruising" the neighborhood can occur at anytime. This could help prevent you or your neighbor from becoming a possible target of a burglar.

  • HOME CHECK LISTS - Sometimes it is best to utilize a check list to see if you have covered everything.  This way visually seeing something is not done of fixed can be attended to.  A checklist PDF is provided for print out.

Home Check List

 

Identity Theft

What is Identity Theft?
     Identity theft or identity fraud (true name fraud) is the taking of the victimís identity to obtain credit, credit cards from banks and retailers, steal money from the victimís existing accounts, apply for loans, establish accounts with utility companies, rent an apartment, file bankruptcy or obtain a job using the victimís name. The Impersonator steals thousands of dollars in the victimís name without the victim even knowing about it for months or even years. Recently criminals have been using the victimís identity to commit crimes ranging form traffic infractions to felonies.

How does the imposter take your identity?
     It is easy. All that is needed is your social security number, your birth date and other identifying information such as your address and phone number and whatever else they can find out about you. With this information, and a false driverís license with their own picture, they can begin the crime. They apply in person for instant credit, or through the mail by posing as you. They often provide an address of their own, claiming to have moved. Negligent credit grantors in their rush to issue credit do not verify information or addresses. So once the imposter opens the first account, they use this new account along with the other identifiers to add to their credibility. This facilitates the proliferation of the fraud. Now the thief is well on his/her way to getting rich and ruining your credit and good name.

Where does the impersonator get information about you?
     ANYWHERE - your doctor, accountant, lawyer, dentist, school, place of work, health insurance carrier, and many others have your identifying information. If some criminally minded person is working at the office (or just visiting) decides to use this information to assume your identity, you would not know it. Also if this information is not disposed of with a shredder, a "dumpster-diver" could pick up the information and begin the crime against you. You do not need to lose your wallet or have anything tangible stolen from you for someone to take your identity. If you do not shred your confidential information, utility bills, credit card slips and other documents, it is easy to "dumpster dive" your garbage. Much of your information is readily available on the internet, at courts, and accessible from public documents. Additionally, if someone obtains your credit report illegally, they have all the information necessary to become you.

     For further information on identity theft go to the Federal Trade Commission ID theft WEB Site.

     ID Theft Tips: When Bad Things Happen To Your Good Name