Archive for the ‘Crime Prevention’ Category

debyThe Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently released a warning about fake debt collectors. These are predators who call people and pretend to be in charge of collecting consumer debts. Trouble is: the so-called collectors are actually criminals.

Getting called by a debt collector can be a nerve-wracking experience. Scam artists take advantage of this fact and use it as an opportunity to steal from well-intentioned victims. These criminals demand payment on behalf of well-known corporations, but their intent is to pocket the money themselves.

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Keep your family safe with help from PeopleFindersHow important is it to keep your family safe?

Yes, that is a ridiculous question. The safety and security of your loved ones is the most important thing we can think of.

At PeopleFinders, we take your safety very seriously. We offer several security-oriented services to help you protect yourself, your family and all the people who mean everything to you.

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cyberHow much time do you spend online? If you’re like most people, then part of every day is spent shopping, networking and surfing the Web.

It’s just so convenient. You can do most anything you want online these days. But there are some dangers every surfer should be aware of. October is Cyber Security Month, so it’s a great time to think about online safety. Check out these cyber safety tips, and then share your thoughts with us.

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October Is National Crime Prevention Month

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

crimeIn honor of National Crime Prevention Month, we’re sharing a few tips to help you deter criminals. You never know where a criminal may strike, so it is essential to be ready for any situation.

Predators look for easy targets; people they can take advantage of quickly. It’s up to you to prepare yourself, your home and your family to avoid becoming their next victim.

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Prevent Identity TheftHow safe is your identity? A study from Javelin Strategy & Research showed that more than 11 million adults were victimized by identity thieves in 2009. That’s a 12% increase from the previous year.

The report also revealed that identity theft was responsible for a $54 billion loss to Americans. Victims typically spend more than 21 hours attempting to resolve this crime. It’s become an epidemic – so what are you doing to prevent identity theft?

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know dangerHave you ever responded to an ad on a public forum website? Most of us have made a purchase, unloaded unwanted merchandise or contacted someone at least once after reading a post online.

It’s a wonderful system. People can make transactions with eager buyers or sellers in any city. Individuals offering jobs or looking for employment can find each other quickly. But there is a dark side to this enterprise . And it can be deadly.

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A Sex Offender Revealed

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

Revealed behindbarsIn 1997, Benjamin Cooper was convicted of sexually abusing a 15-year old girl. He served time in prison and was set free after completing his sentence. By 2010 he had moved into a family-based apartment complex in Buffalo, New York.

Marine Drive Apartments is a rent-controlled building with more than 600 units. For about a month it was the home of Benjamin Cooper. Although he claimed to be house-sitting for a friend, Cooper was not authorized to live in the apartment complex.

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What Should Be Done With Sexual Offenders?

Friday, January 15th, 2010

done prisoners handsThere are sexual offenders living in typical neighborhoods all throughout the United States. Some live near schools, day care centers or the homes of people who may be viewed as potential targets for sexual predators.

The thought of living near a registered sex offender can be frightening, especially if you have young children. That’s why many people frequently run sexual offender searches – the search allows them to learn about potential predators living in any city or zip code in America. Some people are hoping the Supreme Court will support a law that will help keep sexual offenders out of their neighborhoods.
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Working Together To Prevent Crime

Monday, August 24th, 2009

prevent crime neighborhoodwatchsignYou come home after a long day at work, a fun night out or an exciting vacation, and immediately know something isn’t right. When you get to your front door you see why; someone has broken into your house. Few things are as personally invasive and demoralizing as a home burglary.

It’s a sad fact, but crime is on the rise all over the United States. When times are tough economically, criminal activity generally increases. So how do you protect your home, property and family members? One of the best things you can do is work with your neighbors to prevent crime.

The Neighborhood Watch Program was established by the National Sheriffs’ Association in 1972 to help citizens protect themselves and each other from criminals. Since then the program has grown and become very well respected, but the success of any neighborhood watch depends entirely on the effort that people put into it. With a little time and patience, it’s easy to create a beneficial watch group.  Here’s how you can get started:

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