Summer safety tips from the 72nd Precinct

July 3, 2013 Editorial Staff
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From the 72nd Precinct:

This summer we would like everyone to be safe, and keep in mind all of the important safety tips that we have provided to you over the past months. Be assure that the 72nd Precinct will have full patrol coverage for the 4th of July and we will be here to assist you. Enjoy your 4th of July; and remember, SAFETY FIRST!

Fireworks are Illegal

NYPD is REWARDING up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of persons possessing or distributing fireworks. If you use fireworks, you or someone else can get seriously hurt. If you have fireworks you can be arrested, your car can be confiscated or your business can be closed.

**Concerned citizens can anonymously report the delivery, sale or storage of fireworks to:

911 for crimes in progress or 311 to just provide information. Your Safety Comes First.

**Please share attached flyers with your family and neighbors**

If you’re planning on going away for the summer; please safeguard your home by following these safety tips.

DOORS

Check your doors and door frame. Should they be repaired or replaced? All exterior doors should be either metal or solid core wood (1 3/4 thick). Glass or thin wood panels, in or near the door, can be protected by installing polycarbonate glazing and secured with one way screws.

AIR CONDITIONERS

Should be secured to the window frame to prevent from being pulled out, or pushed in.

WINDOW GATE

On the first floor or on any emergency exit window (fire escape), a gate should be one that has been approved by the New York City Board of Standards and Appeals. (This gate is commonly known as the ”ferry or safety gate and is operated by a latch and not a padlock or combination lock).

GARAGE

Secure an attached garage as you would your dwelling, as it is an access point into your house. Other structures such as an unattached garage, tool shed and storage areas should be locked with high quality security devices that are properly installed.

LIGHTING

Illuminate the perimeter of your home, especially the door areas with enough light to see a silhouette. Lights that are too bright will hamper viewing. Install the light fixture out of reach, and in a tamper and weather resistant housing.

SHRUBBERY

Should be cut or designed so that it does not obstruct viewing from inside or outside. Keep a clear view to provide maximum visibility and little concealment.

POOL SAFETY

Never dive in to water less than nine feet deep.

If you find a drain cover is loose, broken or missing, notify the owner oroperator and do not enter the pool or hot tub.

Keep gates to the pool area latched. Point out the lifesaving equipment by the pool to everyone when you enter the pool area.

Tie up long hair securely to protect from drain entanglement.

Create a water safety plan as a family, similar to your family’s fire emergency

plan.

Tips for Parents

• Teach your children to swim, tread water, float and get out of the pool.

• Teach children to stay away from pool and hot tub drains and drain covers.

• For those who are not strong swimmers, use coast guard-approved flotation devices.

• If you’re in a group, appoint a designated “water watcher.”

• While supervising, never take your eyes off of children in the pool.

• Take a class in First Aid and CPR (for infants, children, and adults).

• Explain to your child that they should never climb trees to get over fences.

• Talk with your children and explain that they should never be in or near the

water without eye-to-eye contact from adults.

IDENTITY THEFT

Identity theft is the fastest growing crime in America today. Identity theft requires only a few pieces of valid personal information. With them, thieves can apply for and receive credit cards or debit cards in your name. Your credit can be quickly damaged and your efforts to correct these problems can become a nightmare.The acquisition of key pieces of identity, such as name, address, date of birth, social security number and mother’s maiden name, enable the impersonation to occur. This information allows the identity thief to commit numerous forms of fraud which include, taking over the victim’s financial accounts, opening new bank accounts, purchasing automobiles, applying for credit cards, loans, social security benefits, renting apartments, and establishing accounts with utility and telephone service providers. The identity thief has many ways to gain access to your information. It can be obtained from uncollected mail sitting in your mailbox, personal information carelessly thrown in the garbage, dishonest retail or restaurant employees or by the theft of your wallet or pocketbook.

What to do if you become a victim:

Contact all creditors, by telephone and in writing, to inform them of the situation.

Notify the Police.

Alert all banks to flag your accounts and to contact you for unusual activity. Change all passwords and PIN numbers.

Document all contacts and keep copies of all correspondences.

Contact the Social Security Administration Fraud Hotline at 1-800-269-0271.

Contact the Department of Motor Vehicles to have a new license number issued in your name.

Call the nearest U.S. Postal Inspection Office.

Call the Federal Trade Commission’s identity theft hotline at 1-877-438-4338 and file a complaint.

If you are the victim of identity theft, call each credit bureau with a national database and ask to have a Fraud Alert/Victim Impact statement placed in your credit files. Also request that all creditors contact you before they open any new accounts in your name. The following contact information is provided to assist identity theft victims:

1. Equifax www.equifax.com 1-800-685-1111

2. Experian www.experian.com 1-888-397-3742

3. Trans-Union www.tuc.com 1-800-916-8800

If you are a victim of check fraud, you should contact the following:

1. Telecheck 1-800-710-9898

2. Equifax 1-800-437-5120

Also, Are you careful with your mobile phone?

Electronic devices are attractive targets for thieves due to their high resale value. Electronics such as iPhones, iPods, Android devices and Mobile Phones as well as Nooks and Kindles are the most common types of stolen property in New York City – even more than currency! Mobile Phones alone account for 81% of all electronic device thefts.

So what can I do? Remain alert and aware of your surroundings when using your device, don’t leave your device unattended and always use the security features of your phone (pin lock, find my iPhone etc..) For more information on preventing theft, or for other crime prevention and personal safety tips visit our website: www.nypdcommunityaffairs.org

Illegal Firearms

If you know someone who is carrying, selling, or using handguns illegally, call anonymously and receive a $1,000 Reward! WE DON’T WANT YOUR NAME, JUST YOUR TIP….. Call 1-866-GUN STOP (486-7867) for more information. We also want to remind you that rewards of up to $2000 are available for information leading to the arrest of an individual wanted in connection with a violent offense. Call 1-800-577-TIPS or visit www.nypdcrimestoppers.com for more information.

Upcoming Event

On Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at 4:00 pm, National Night Out Against Crime will be held in Sunset Park. More information will be given out as we approach the date.


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