The mission of Tulsa Crime Stoppers is to provide valuable crime prevention education and public safety awareness to residents of Greater Tulsa. Citizens can utilize the following resource regarding Burglary to make their homes less of a target to criminals.
Burglaries and home invasions not only threaten the safety of our homes and of our neighborhoods, they create fear in victims that can have a lasting effect.
Most neighborhood crimes that occur are crimes of opportunity. Unlocked cars and easy access to your home make your family an easy target for criminals. Below are some tips to help you harden the target and empower you to become less of an easy target in your home.
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Most victims of contact crime, whether it be a robbery or an assault, will tell you that they had the suspicion that something was not right moments before the crime occurred. Personal safety is not something we should practice in those moments. It is a lifestyle change to make you a harder target to criminals. Tulsa Crime Stoppers would like to offer you the following tips to help ensure your personal safety.
As always, if you see something suspicious do not hesitate to call the police. They are here to help us.
Identity Theft is Booming
This rather broad topic takes in any number of privacy crimes, including theft of a Social Security number, a credit or debit card, or even the pilfering of phone calling cards. The numbers associated with identity theft are beginning to add up fast. A recent General Accounting Office report estimates that as many as 750,000 Americans are victims of identity theft every year. And that number may be low, as many people choose not to report the crime or even know they’ve been victimized.
How It Can Happen
Officials say much of Identity Theft still comes down to hands-on mischief – things like ‘Dumpster diving’, and ‘shoulder surfing’. Officials also acknowledge that the Internet has opened avenues for theft. If nothing else, the internet allows thieves to send stolen data to most any worldwide location. One popular scam involves fake mortgage brokers and still another uses email in which the sender poses as an Internet service provider asking for information.
A Social Security card can also reap long-term fraudulent benefits. Virgil Gardaya, a corporate vice president with the credit bureau Equifax, notes that a stolen wallet containing a Social Security card lets a criminal quickly set up dummy bank and savings accounts. The very presence of the account may prompt the bank to give the criminal a credit card. From there, the con artist may waste little time maxing out the card, or take a bit more time and build up the card’s buying power. That can mean fraudulent purchases as pricey as cars and boats.
Simple Ways To Protect Yourself
There’s no ironclad protection that guarantees that you’ll never fall victim to some form of identity theft. But there are steps you can take to shield your privacy.
Remember to avoid S.C.A.M.s:
S: Be STINGY with your personal information. Don’t give out your Social Security number, bank account information or other personal or financial information to unknown persons or companies.
C: CHECK your financial information regularly. Most banks now offer online banking where you can monitor your account activity daily. Carefully review your monthly bank and credit card statements for unknown purchases or transactions.
A: ASK annually for a free copy of your credit report. Carefully review your report for inaccuracies.
M: MAIL THEFT is common. Consider purchasing a locking mailbox and placing outgoing mail in the secured boxes at the post office
Some Extra Tips To Help Protect Yourself
Tulsa Crime Stoppers celebrates the practice of crime prevention, while promoting awareness of important issues such as victimization, volunteerism, and creating safer, more caring communities. Our goal is to create a safe place to live, work, and play. Below we have including tips to help keep you safe in your vehicle.
Safety in the Car
Flashlight, flares, fix-a-flat, extra tire and jack, maps, comfortable warm clothing, first aid kit, empty gas can, cell phone, charger.
Halloween is a fun time for most families and children in our community. Though the night is full of fun and festivity, children can be particularly vulnerable to lurking dangers on Halloween. Tulsa Crime Stoppers would like to make sure the holiday stays safe by contributing the following successful tips for a safe celebration.
• Children should trick-or-treat with an adult
• Trick-or-treat in areas that are well lit
• Cross streets at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks where available
• Look left, right and left again when crossing
• Walk on sidewalks or paths; if there is no sidewalk, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible
• Wear light-colored costumes decorated with reflective tape or stickers
• Carry a flashlight or glow stick to increase visibility to drivers
• Only eat treats and candy that are properly wrapped in their original packaging after being checked by an adult
• It’s also a good idea to carry a cell phone while trick-or-treating in case of an emergency.
•When possible trick-or-treat in groups
It is also important that drivers do their part to keep trick-or-treaters safe.
• Be alert in residential neighborhoods
• Drive more slowly and anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic
• Remember that costumes can limit children’s visibility and they may not be able to see a moving vehicle
• Enter and exit driveways slowly and carefully
Tulsa Crime Stoppers celebrates the practice of crime prevention, while promoting awareness of important issues such as victimization, volunteerism, and creating safer, more caring communities.
Local emergency room hospital staff will tell you that they see gun shots wounds almost every day. Ranging from crime related shootings to self-inflicted. The worst type to see is an accidental wound that could have been prevented. In October 2015, Tulsa Police Department’s Range Staff and Tulsa Crime Stoppers made simple tips to help you with options for safe gun storage.
Trigger Locks – simple and affordable option for preventing a gun from being loaded or fired by an unauthorized user. Most new guns are now sold with trigger lock right in the box.
Gun Cases – available at local sporting goods stores in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and material options. Prices range from $10-$150 dollars. The primary role of this kind of affordable carry case is to protect one or more firearms from physical damage.
Strong Boxes and Security Cases – represents an effort by manufactures to provide gun owners with the anti-theft and gun-finish protection features of a locking gun. Prices vary greatly, anywhere from less than $50 to more than $300 based on the level of technology incorporated into the system.
Gun Safes – the most secure gun storage option available to the average gun owner. A basic, no frills safe is superior to any other storage options discussed so far in preventing unauthorized access to firearms. Prices vary from $500 to more than $2,500.
If a child should encounter a firearm in an unsupervised setting they should remember “If you see a gun: STOP! Don’t Touch. Leave the Area. Tell an Adult.” This message is simple, easy to remember and fun for kids to learn
Tulsa Crime Stoppers is a program of 501c3 nonprofit, Crime Prevention Network, Inc. Through the generous support of individuals, communities, corporations and foundations, we remain Tulsa’s leading public safety non-profit since 1971. Your gift helps us ensure a safe and successful future for all ages of Tulsa’s community.