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Safety & Security Tips Courtesy of Your Local Law Enforcement In Cooperation With Your Security Agency


The public is constantly at risk of being prey to a variety of schemes and scams by individuals.
There is no way to describe a con artist other than he or she can be of any ethnic origin, religious affiliation, age group, or race.

The general rule of thumb is: “IF IT SOUNDS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE - IT PROBABLY IS”
Only you can protect yourself from a potential flim flam scam. Utilize common sense and fully investigate any solicitor. If the person is legitimate and is employed with a bonafide and reputable company, that representative will not hesitate to provide the consumer with all necessary and pertinent information concerning the potential transaction. It is the illegitimate individual that says, “This deal is only good today”, or “You have to make up your mind right now”. Be skeptical of these persons. Here are three major categories of scams you may want to consider before saying yes to any solicitor.

The telephone rings and a fast talking representative of some good sounding company advises you that you are a “winner” if you act “now”. All too often these individuals are out to defraud you of your hard earned savings. Never give caller your name, address, social security number or bank account number.
Instead, ask them for their credentials. If you are uncertain as to the validity of the caller, charity or agency, always check with your local police.

Reputable businesses
advertise in newspapers, operate through customer referrals, appear in the yellow pages of your telephone book, and do not normally solicit door to door. Anyone appearing at your doorway asking to give you an estimate for work or remove debris after a storm or flood should arouse your immediate suspicion. Many times these individuals work in pairs, while the homeowner is distracted, the accomplice is cleaning out the belongings of your home.

With the emergence of the computer age, individuals should be skeptical regarding inquiries and purchases with unknown vendors of the “on line” community. Exercising caution and common sense, and the lack of providing personal information to these sources will prevent you the consumer from
fraudulent losses.



DO NOT give cash.
DO NOT give out your credit card number.
Write a check payable only to the charity.
Do NOT be pressured into giving.
Find out if the charity and its fundraisers are registered by contacting the Division of Consumer Affairs at
(973) 504-6200.
give to a charity because you were sent a gift or just to receive a free prize.
DO NOT be fooled by names that sound similar to a legitimate charity.
BEWARE of organization offering to send a courier to pick up your donation.
DO NOT do business over the telephone, ask for information in the mail
BEWARE of appeals that are long on emotion and short on fact.

What is your full name?
What is the phone number and address
you are calling from?
What is the name of the charity you are representing?

What is your headquarters address?

What is the telephone number?
Does the charity have a local office in the area?
How long has the charity been operating?

What are the goals and purposes?
How will my donation be used?

Is my contribution tax deductible?
How much of my donation will go directly to the charity?


Secure your home with locking devices and alarms for doors and windows.
Have good interior and exterior lighting.

Use timer devices and motion detectors to make your house appear occupied at all times. Play the radio or television. Have a life size dummy sit in a chair facing the TV. Do not pin notes to the door.

Do not allow your mail or newspapers to accumulate while you are away.
living alone should
not list their first names on mailboxes or in the telephone directory.
Have a
peep hole in the entrance door. Do not allow children to answer the door. Always know a person before admitting them into your house. Insist
on proper identification.
Do not open the door for anyone in distress. Tell them that you will call for the police and/or an
ambulance. Never allow anyone to
come into your home to use your phone.
Do not record anything on your answering machine that would indicate that you are not home or that you won’t be home for an extended period
of time.
Have a trusted neighbor watch your home while you are away.
Do not leave a key under the mat or anywhere outside your home. Do not keep an extra key in your purse. Leave it with a trusted neighbor or friend.
Draw your shades and drapes at night.
Keep a telephone accessible in all areas of your house. Cordless or cellular phones may be more mobile. If your phone lines are damaged or tampered with, a cell phone would be most useful.
Never reveal personal information to an unknown caller. If it is necessary to give out information over the phone, take the phone number of the caller and call them back to verify their identity.
Report suspicious and/or obscene phone calls to the police
Install caller ID and learn about other tracing features from your phone company. You should be aware that you could give your phone number to a stranger by calling a wrong number or answering an advertisement, if that person has caller ID. Block your number by first dialing *67, then the number.
Do not skimp with security hardware. Use heavy-duty bolts and longer, more durable screws. Be suspicious of all service people including plainclothes police. Absolutely insist on identification. Police officers will always have a badge, but more importantly they will have photo identification. Make sure the picture matches the person. If you still are not satisfied, call the police station or the office of the person wishing to gain entry to your home.

House numbers should be visible day and night from the street.
Use your locks. An unlocked lock is not a lock, habitually locking the home, closing and locking garage doors, must
be a routine habit.
attempt to hide a key in a “secret” location. The burglar knows these locations
as well as you.
Lighting is
important. Turn on interior lamps with a timer. External lighting is also important, but exclusive use of outside lighting when the home is unoccupied may actually tip off the burglar.

Use photoelectric cells to turn the light on at dusk and off at daybreak. Make sure your house looks occupied.

When going on vacation remember the following:
Secure your home and leave the lights and radio
on timer.
Leave a key with a trusted neighbor.
Have a neighbor pick up
newspapers and
mail daily.
timers on light and radio when not at home.

Secure basement windows.

Below is a SUSPECT / VEHICLE Description Form as provided by Local Police.

Please 'CLICK' on it to review or print so that you are familiar with what to observe and what to try to remember about an incident.

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