Archive for April, 2009

Cell Phones for Emergencies….

Cell Phones for Emergencies:

· Call the “business lines” for the police and fire departments in your area and obtain their “emergency” numbers to record in your cell phones directory, or to store in your vehicle or in a purse or wallet.

· Do the same for the agencies in the city where you work. What you will be doing is helping to insure immediate response when you need it.

· If you have questions as to who the agency is that answers cellular 911 calls in your area, ask your cellular service provider. My information is based on information from my own area and will probably not apply to other areas nationwide. But you do need to know who is answering the phone when you call for help!

Q: "Are You On Twitter?" A: "Not Till the Denton Cops Booked Me for Possession."

As most are seeing Twitter has been in the new alot lately showing both it’s good and bad uses. Here is an interesting story about how police might or might not want to use it and the difference between authorized and unauthorized use:

“Plenty of government agencies are dipping their toes into the Twitter waters these days, but when we found the Denton Police Department’s Twitter page this afternoon, we knew we’d found something truly special.”

To See the rest of the story here – Click Here

Twitter – A social network – can it help your safety?

What is Twitter?

Twitter is a service for friends, family, and co–workers to communicate and stay connected through the exchange of quick, frequent answers to one simple question: What are you doing?

Why? Because even basic updates are meaningful to family members, friends, or colleagues—especially when they’re timely.

  • Eating soup? Research shows that moms want to know.
  • Running late to a meeting? Your co–workers might find that useful.
  • Partying? Your friends may want to join you.
  • Fighting Crime?

With Twitter, you can stay hyper–connected to your friends and always know what they’re doing. Or, you can stop following them any time. You can even set quiet times on Twitter so you’re not interrupted.

Twitter puts you in control and becomes a modern antidote to information overload.

You can join and follow us here at Coptalk on twitter by going to:

www.twitter.com/coptalk

Stories of how Twitter and Craigslist (the popular online classifieds) help to solve or deter crime:

Reposted from: www.Techdirt.com

 

“With all the stories of police getting worried about new technologies, it’s always good to see cases where they seem to be using them appropriately. Rick recently wrote in to point out a story where police in Maine used Craigslist to track down a prostitution ring. Compare that to others who have been blaming Craigslist for prostitution. And, now we’re seeing stories about some police departments that are actively using Twitter either to send out emergency alerts to people, or to better connect with the community they’re supposed to be protecting. Of course, that story worries about "impostors," but there are ways to deal with that issue. For police looking to make use of the technology, it can be quite useful, and it’s great to see some actually realizing that and embracing the technology.”

Related Stories:

Craigslist used in prostitution sting

What’s the newest police tool? Try Twitter

Please remember Twitter like any other online service comes with its issues for safety and security – please follow good online password practices and also understand how to use it and who to follow or not follow before you dive right in……

Tips to Avoid: Cat Burglars

Cat Burglars

· You can’t do anything about living on a dark street with no street lamps. Some people prefer that in comparison to bright glaring streetlights. Just be aware that Burglars and Prowlers also like those dark streets. Keep front and rear porch lights on during hours of darkness.

· They make porch lights on sensors, just like the motion lights mounted at the corners of homes. When it’s dark out and the porch light is turned off, it will come on automatically when something crosses it’s beam. You’re going to get sick of us telling you this, but Burglars HATE Light!

· Motion Lights. GET THEM! They are cheap, and invaluable!

· Don’t want a dog? That’s cool. Many people don’t. But you can use the neighbor’s dog as a warning signal. Especially the dog that doesn’t normally bark a lot. Being K9 Officers, Mark and I can both tell you that you when we are searching yards for a suspect, dog’s all over the neighborhood start barking. Pay attention to that valuable tool. Especially late at night or in the early morning hours.

· Get in touch with your neighbors. If you all get along, then great. If not (and many don’t) and least get together for a common goal to protect each other’s homes. Start a neighborhood watch group. Call your local Police Department for information on how to get started.

· Lock your sliding glass doors, garage doors, and windows at night! They have spacers allowing the windows and sliders to be kept partially open for ventilation. Get them! PLEASE keep your family safe, and intruders OUT! Lock up!

· Last but not least, if you have a few bucks to throw out for peace of mind, INVEST in an ALARM SYSTEM! Any one of these things could have kept our Cat Burglar from being successful. Any one of these things could have kept the woman from being raped, as was described under Crime Prevention.

Every action has a reaction. What action are you going to take?