Archive for April, 2011

A Message from Comcast and Drugfree.org

Comcast has been a long-time friend and supporter of The Partnership at Drugfree.org, a nonprofit that helps parents prevent, intervene in and find treatment for drug and alcohol use by their children. As a valued Comcast subscriber, we want to share important information with you to make sure that any important child in your life knows the risks of drug and alcohol abuse.

Hi, I’m Melissa Gilbert. I’m the national spokesperson for The Partnership at Drugfree.org. You may know me from the role I played on the television drama "Little House on the Prairie." Well, I’ve grown up quite a bit since then and while I continue to act, I’m now also an author and mother.
I talk with a lot of other parents and caregivers and I think we can all agree that raising kids is no easy task. In today’s world, we face all kinds of challenges. Especially when it comes to drugs and alcohol.

I like to think of us parents in three camps:

•Some of us want to find out how to prevent our child from ever drinking or using drugs – but aren’t sure how.

•Some of us have a hunch – or maybe even know – that our child is experimenting with alcohol or drugs, but don’t know what to do about it.

•Some of us have a child with a drug or alcohol problem – and have no idea where to turn.

Well, whichever camp you’re in, I want you to know two important things:

1. You’re not alone.

2. There is a wonderful resource to help you. It’s called The Partnership at Drugfree.org.

3. Please take a minute to learn more.

Melissa Gilbert
National Spokesperson
The Partnership at Drugfree.org

Calif. gangster’s tattoo of crime scene helps solve murder

Calif

Anthony Garcia

(Credit: Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department)

(CBS/AP) NORWALK, Calif. – When Los Angeles County Sheriff’s homicide investigator Kevin Lloyd was routinely looking through snapshots of tattooed gang members, he saw something that caught his eye – a crime scene he was familiar with.

Anthony Garcia, a member of the Rivera-13 gang, had a tattoo that resembled the scene of the liquor store killing of 23-year-old John Juarez in Pico Rivera on Jan. 23, 2004, reports the Los Angeles Times.

There were numerous details the murder inked on the gang member. The paper reports that the tattoo included the Christmas lights that lined the roof of the liquor store where Juarez was shot and killed, the direction his body fell, the bowed street lamp across the way and the street sign. Above everything read the title, "RIVERA KILLS", a reference to the gang. A helicopter was also placed above the scene raining down bullets,  a nod to Garcia’s alias "Chopper."

When police discovered the evidence on Garcia’s chest in 2008, they launched an investigation, which was followed by the arrest of Garcia, reports the paper.

This week, an undercover policeman placed in Garcia’s cell got a confession from the suspect. That yielded a first-degree murder conviction in a killing investigators had initially given up hope on, the paper reports.

"Think about it. He tattooed his confession on his chest. You have a degree of fate with this," Capt. Mike Parker told the Times.

Garcia faces 65 years to life when he is sentenced on May 19 in a Norwalk court.

Pico Rivera is about 10 miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles.

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Episode #33 – CopTalk Podcast

Ask a Cop? False information: Thanks Nicolette

My son was born in February of this year. His father & I have been together since before I got pregnant & are still together now. But there is a guy, that I have never had sex with, going around telling everyone that he is my son’s father. Can I or is there a way I can sue him for spreading false information like that?

Ask a Cop? What were your first days as a cop like? Thanks: Jesse

I am trying to get hired – I have studied all the books and tests and materials. I have done a few ride alongs at the department I would like to work with but the one thing they never teach you is what the first days, week, or years are like after you are hired. What issues did you have during your first few days, weeks and years? Eye Opening? Depressing? How does it affect your personal life?

Internet Crime:

1. Sign your credit and debit cards as soon as you receive them.

2. When paying by card in any shop or store, make sure your card is always in view.

3. Destroy any physical correspondence that includes your name, address, Social Security details or account numbers; and don’t let mail sit in your mailbox for too long.

4. Save your ATM receipts or destroy them.

5. Clear browsing data, including cookies and temporary files, after making an online purchase.

6. And of course, never save or write down your passwords, keep your antivirus software up to date and only shop online at trusted sites.

Remember to protect your personal reputation online and avoid identity theft at all times

  • 75 Million Scam emails are sent daily claiming over 200 victims
  • 73% of Americans have experienced some form of cyber crime – 65% globally
  • 66% of the worlds hackers are American
  • 10.5 are from the UK
  • 7.5 are Nigerian
  • Brazil is the worst hit with 83% of the population has suffered from Internet crime
  • 78% of American feel that cyber crime will not be brought to justice and only 2% expect to escape cyber crime in their lifetime.
  • Average Internet crime costs the victim 128 bucks
  • Most Common Crimes: Computer Viruses, Online Scams, Phishing, Social Network Hacking, Online Debit and CC Fraud, Sexual Predation
  • Average Financial loss per fraud complaint, Debit CC Fraud = 223, Auction Fraud: 610, non delivery of items: 800, computer fraud: 1000, Nigerian Letter fraud: 1650
  • The 5 most popular passwords: 123456, password, 12345678, lifehack, qwerty
  • 33% use the same pass for every site they visit – 22% never use the same password twice
  • Password length affects hacking time: 3 digit length = if you use upper and lower case and 52 letter or digits = 1.41 seconds where as a 12 digit with the same use = 123.946 millennia
  • 23 minutes = time to crack a 6 digit pass if it only consists of A-Z characters
  • 3 Hours = time to crack 6 digit pass if it consists of A-Z and 0-9
  • 1 Week = time to crack a 6 digit pass if it consists of A-Z, 0-9 and a mix of upper and lower case
  • 83% of people do not use a separate email address for online purchases
  • 69% of people so not back up anything regularly
  • 62% of people no not change passwords frequently or use complex passwords

In closing:

STAY SAFE!

Please send in your questions: http://www.coptalk.info/ask-a-cop-ask-us-a-question/