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Personal Safety

What is Identity Theft?

Identity Theft involves another person's use of personal information including name, social security and credit card numbers, and other information to obtain credit, loans and services in your name. The criminal may even use your identity to cover other crimes.
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Senior Citizen Safety
  • Never give out your Social Security Number to unsolicited callers
  • Join a Neighborhood, Apartment, Window Watch, or Citizen Patrol.
  • Become a foster grandparent or block parent for children who may need help in an emergency.
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Personal Safety Tips for Walking
  • Have a plan, be suspicious, be aware of your surroundings, walk with confidence.
  • Walk with a friend whenever possible.
  • Avoid dark streets, high shrubbery, and short cuts.
  • Try to walk facing oncoming traffic.
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Public Safety

Protect Your Home
  • Install good deadbolt locks in your doors, and avoid locks that can be manipulated by breaking glass to reach inside.
  • Install a peephole viewer in the front door.
  • Trim back shrubbery that hides doors or windows, and trim tree limbs that lead to the second story.
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Vehicle Safety
What Kind of Precautions Should Be Taken When Driving or Parking a Car?
  • Keep your car in good repair and full of gas.
  • Always keep all doors locked and keep windows rolled up.
  • Whenever possible, travel in well-lit, busy streets.
  • If driving alone, don't stop to aid disabled motorists.
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Operation Identification
  • Operation Identification is a nationwide program to discourage burglary and provide a way for victims to recover their stolen property.
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Internet Safety

For Adults:
The rules for adults regarding internet safety are very much the same as for children.
  • Use common sense when surfing the web by never giving out personal information to anyone unless you know who they are.
  • Never give your passwords to anyone. Online companies will never ask you for your password.
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For Kids:
The Internet is great and a fun way to explore. However there are bad people out there that want to take advantage of kids. Here are some tips to be smart when surfing on the World Wide Web:
  • Be very careful when on the Internet. People online may not be who they say they are.
  • Never give out your real name, any personal information (like your age or where you live) when you're in a public chat room, on an electronic bulletin board or in your E-mail messages.
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