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WRITE DOWN SERIAL NUMBERS
You can protect your property further by writing down the make, model, and serial numbers of your valuables. When the police recover stolen property, they use this information to return it to the owners. Without this information, your chances of getting your property back decrease dramatically.
Know what is going on in your neighborhood, and don’t be afraid to report suspicious persons and to write down license plate numbers.
Vandalism to Town Property
The police ask for residents to pay attention to Town property. During the spring and summer months their is an increase in property damage to the park restrooms and equipment. If it looks suspicious take note of vehicle description and license plate number. If you have any concerns please notify the police.
Huntsville is a great place to live – let’s work together to keep it that way.
- Install secure locks on doors, and use them.
- Leave lights on while you are away from home.
- Adequately secure all windows.
- Lock garage doors and windows.
- Do not “advertise” that you will be away from home.
- Be neighborly, but suspicious of strangers in the area.
- Record serial numbers and maintain records of all your property.
- Mark all property with your social security number or permanent Utah driver license number.
- Organize your neighborhood into a Neighborhood Watch Program.
- Call the police to report all crimes and suspicious activities.
Theft and Vandalism
The police advise homeowners to remove valuables, purses, and keys from vehicles, even when their vehicles are in the garage. Crimes of theft and vandalism are preventable if a few additional precautions are taken:
- Do not leave your main garage door open. Lock all exterior doors that access your garage.
- Lock your vehicles at all times, including when they are parked in the garage.
- Remove valuables such as purses and wallets from the vehicles or keep them out of sight.
Identity theft is what many are calling America’s fastest growing type of robbery. However, crooks are working without the usual tools of the trade. Forget sawed-offs and ski masks; your social security number will do the trick, or that blank, pre-approved credit application you tossed out with today’s trash.
Millions of dollars were lost in the past year by financial institutions across the country. The perpetrator may use a variety of tactics to drain your finances: posing as a loan officer and ordering your credit report (which lists account numbers); “shoulder surfing” at the ATM to get your PIN number; “dumpster diving” in trash bins for unshredded credit applications, cancelled checks or bank records; or, until recently, notifying the Postal Service to redirect your mail to the address of choice, such as a mail drop, which allows anonymity.
It may be months before you are a victim But when you get turned down for a mortgage on your dream house because you’ve got a bad credit rating and you know that you have paid your bills, beware: the ID Thief may have struck again.
Do you carry your social security number in your wallet? That nine-digit code gives crooks access to your medical, financial, credit and educational records. There are no legal restrictions on private-company use of social security numbers (SSNs); in fact, a database of names with associated SSNs was recently found published on the Internet.
If you think you are safe after your wallet was lost/stolen because you canceled your credit card and put a “stop” on your checking account, think again. Once identity thieves have the information, they may open new accounts or lines of credit under your name for their own use.
Here are a few precautions that can make repairing the damage a lot easier.
- Photocopy both sides of everything in your wallet: driver’s license, credit cards, etc., and keep the copies in a safe place. If your wallet is ever stolen or lost, you can easily locate the company telephone numbers to report the loss.
- File a police report where the wallet was stolen or lost! It establishes a record to combat fraud. You will also have the credit card numbers and driver’s license number to provide the police, because you have a photocopy of all that information.
- Notify your bank, the three credit reporting agencies listed below, and the Social Security Administration Fraud Line to put a fraud alert on your accounts and credit reports, which notifies
these agencies that your information has been stolen and that they should notify you if anyone attempts to obtain credit in your name, using your personal information.
Social Security Administration Fraud line: 1-800-269-0271.
- Periodically check your personal credit report to see if there are any entries that do not belong there.
- Do not place bills in your mailbox for the postman to pick up.
- Shred pre-approved credit applications, credit card receipts, bills and other financial information, and all mail or documents that contain your personal identifying information.
- Never disclose personal information over the phone, such as your date of birth, mother’s maiden name, credit card number, social security number, or bank PIN code, except to an established firm or someone you know.