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Building partnerships to make a difference.

The DeWitt Police Department is partners with the community using technology to alert businesses and residents about criminal activity. The Crime Alert Partnership (CAP) will involve businesses (and eventually residents) registering their email address with the DeWitt Police Department to be on a list of those alerted about criminal activity in the DeWitt area.

We will now be able to send a mass email alerting our partners about scams being attempted in our area, someone using stolen credit cards, checks or cash, descriptions of suspicious activities, Identity Theft related crimes and a host of other activities. This will allow us to partner with the community to keep them from becoming a victim and to help us solve and prevent criminal acts. The Crime Alert Partnership will give the police department more eyes and ears out in the community to assist us in identifying those responsible for criminal activity and to let criminals know that we do communicate.

If you would like to partner with the DeWitt Police Department to be alerted by email about suspicious and/or criminal activity in order to help us detect and prevent crime, please email mhruby-carstensen@gapa911.us. We will be contacting DeWitt businesses directly to establish a partnership with them. A monthly email newsletter is also planned for this partnership.

Building partnerships with you, we can improve the quality of life in DeWitt by reducing crime and the fear of crime. Working together we can make a difference.

 

Crime Alert Partnership NEWSLETTER

 

Welcome. We are using this as a way to reach out to you with information to let you know what’s going on at the YOUR police department and ways you can better protect yourself and your customers. Since we first launched the Crime Alert Partnership in 2004, it has been a very successful way for us to communicate with the business community to alert them to scams, frauds and other criminal activity that may be occurring or may have just occurred. This has included alerts on persons attempting to pass forged checks, bank robberies in other communities and helping us locate suspicious or wanted individuals.  We want to use this newsletter to keep in touch with you and let you know that we care about your concerns and are here to assist you anyway we can. I hope you find some of the below information useful. We are available to give public presentations on any of these topics.  Working together, we can make difference!

If at any time you have information about a crime, please call Crime Stoppers at 1-888-883-8015.

Identity Theft and Scams

By:  Retired Captain Mike Osmun

Investigations Division Commander

             Each year millions of American citizens have their identities stolen or they have been scammed somehow out of thousands of dollars.  This type of crime has no boundaries and happens to many citizens in the DeWitt area as well.  While there is no fool-proof way to avoid identity theft, there are ways to minimize the chances of becoming a victim. According to the Federal Trade Commission, our citizens must “Deter, Detect and Defend” themselves from these crimes.   

        The DeWitt Police Department will assist any citizen who believes they have been victimized either by an identity thief or some other scam. Citizens should report these crimes to police and be very careful not to give out their personal information, unless they know who they are giving it to.  Citizens should also know that banks, credit card companies and other financial institution do not send out requests to verify personal information. These requests are known as “phishing” scams and they are only meant to steal your information. Please call me if I you think you have been a victim of identity theft.    

Understanding Through Education”

DEWITT CITIZENS POLICE ACADEMY # 13

January 2016

 An exciting opportunity to become involved in your community awaits you. This September consider applying to be a part of our next Citizens Police Academy. We ask that you are a U.S. citizen, at least 18 years of age, with no felony convictions or convictions for crimes involving moral turpitude. Our Academy is for DeWitt residents or business owners and will be approximately 8-11 weeks in length Tuesday nights from 6:30pm-8:30pm. This will be en exciting and informative education for both citizens and staff instructors. We limit our class size, so hurry in for your application which can be picked up at the front lobby of the police department.    

Traffic Safety – Protecting All 

By Sergeant Greg Waugh, Patrol Supervisor 

 Everyone is out and about, traveling to the malls, to your school events and to the kid’s outdoor sporting events just to name a few.  Along with the excitement of the change of weather, comes distraction and loss of focus on safety. In the coming weeks take the time to make sure your focus is on safety in your vehicle by following these safety tips: 

1)  Make sure every one in your vehicle is buckled up. SEAT BELTS SAVE LIVES!!

2)  Limit the use of your cell phone while driving. PULL OVER AND STOP IF YOU HAVE TO USE YOUR CELL PHONE!!NO TEXTING!!! Safe driving requires your total attention.3.)  Pay attention to your speed.

4)  Come to COMPLETE stops at all stop signs and signals.

5)  USE ALL OF YOUR MIRRORS OFTEN!! Crashes happen in a split second …. Stay focused and keep in mind that your number one priority when driving is SAFETY for you and your passengers.  

 

 

Internet Crimes Against Children

By: Former Sergeant Shia Cruciani

School Resource Officer & Internet Crimes Investigator

 Even though the internet is full of information and fun, did you know that it can be very dangerous if not used properly?  Here are some quick and important safety tips for kids and teens that use the internet: 

·        Don’t give out personal information such as name, age, address, telephone number, parent/guardian’s name, and school name/address

·        Do not respond to mean, offensive, threatening, or unwanted Email or Instant Messages

·        Choose a screen name that doesn’t identify you as a young boy or girl

·        Don’t share your password with anyone (except a parent/guardian) – not even your best friend

·        Remember, people online may or MAY NOT be who they say they are. If your interested in learning more about internet safety, please visit: www.NetSmartz.orgwww.SafeKids.comwww.SafetyEd.orgwww.GetNetWise.org