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Fairmount PD
214 W. Washington
Fairmount, IN


Safety Tips

Listed below are a few safety tips

Identity Theft

Check Book Security

Residential Burglaries

Theft From Motor Vehicle

Bicycle Theft

Kids & Computers

Identity Theft: Identity Theft is when someone obtains a person's identifying information, such as name, address, date of birth, social security number, etc. That information is then used illegally to obtain goods or services. How can identity theft be prevented? Do not give your personal information over the phone, through the mail, or over unprotected Internet sites. Shred all documents and do not use your mother's maiden name, birth date, last four digit of SS#. Minimize identification information and credit cards you carry. Do not put your SS# on checks or credit receipts. Do not put phone numbers on checks. Pay attention to billing cycles. Order your credit report at least twice a year.    Top

Check Book Security: The next time you order checks, have only your initials (instead of first name) and last name put on them. That way if someone takes your checkbook they will not know if you sign your checks with just your initials or your first name but your bank will know how you sign your checks. When you are writing checks to pay your credit card accounts, DO NOT put the complete account number on the "For" "Memo" line. Instead, just put the last four numbers. The credit card company knows the rest of the number and anyone who might be handling your check as it passes through all the check processing channels won't have access to it. Put your work phone number on your checks instead of your home phone. If you have a PO Box use that instead of your home address. Never have your social security number printed on your checks you can add it if it is necessary. But if you have it printed, anyone can get it.    Top

Residential Burglaries: Thieves simply breezed in through unlocked doors or crawled through unlocked windows. CRIME PREVENTION TIPS Make sure every external door has a sturdy, well-installed dead bolt lock. Sliding glass doors can offer easy access if they are not properly secured. Secure them by installing commercially available locks or by putting a broomstick or dowel in the inside track to jam the door. Lock double-hung windows or "pin" windows by drilling a small hole into a 45 degree angle. Do not hide keys. Give one to a trusted neighbor. When you move into a house or apartment, re-key the locks.    Top

Theft From Motor Vehicle: Always lock your car doors and roll the windows up. Keep personal items out of plain site. Do not leave personal identification or credit cards in your vehicle. Mark expensive items in your vehicle. Never leave keys unattended in your vehicle. Park in a well-lit area after dark. Have a garage!? -- use it! Add a car alarm if you don't have one. Remove your automatic garage door opener.    Top

Bicycle Theft: Never leave your bicycle unattended without securing it first to bike racks or secure rails or poles. Utilize high security locks instead of inexpensive cables and chains, which can be easily defeated. Report to law enforcement any persons you witness loitering near areas where bikes are parked. Lock your bicycle in visible and well lighted area. Obtain a license from the Fairmount Police Department and engrave your bike with an electric engraver. Write down the bicycle serial number and keep it someplace safe.    Top

Kids & Computers: Where can kids travel to and get into trouble without leaving the house?

The answer is: CYBERSPACE.

PROBLEM: Everyday kids get on the "net" and become victims of bullies, get lured into meetings with strangers, be exposed to harmful material and possibly give out personal family information.

PREVENTION TIPS: Keep the computer in a location where adults can observe what the children are exposed to. Monitor your child’s computer use.

Teach your kids to: Never give out any personal information including where they attend school, what grade they are in, how old they are, or a description of themselves or family members. Teach your kids to immediately tell you if they are solicited or contacted on-line by someone they do not know. Never allow them to meet anyone they meet on-line. If they are bullied on "school type" chat rooms, contact the school about it. Never allow them to respond to bullying actions on-line. Obtain filtering software to prevent kids from being able to get on to adult sites. Be alert to your children obtaining your personal information (credit cards, Social Security number, etc.)


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