Identity Theft Prevention
Last week community outreach staff spent a day learning about identity theft and related crimes. Over the next few weeks, this update will provide tips to keep you and your family safe from identity theft.
- Remove any social security cards from your wallet or purse. Put it someplace safe. There is no need to carry that card around.
- If you still use personal checks to pay bills or conduct business, do not put them in your mailbox with the red flag up. Take any outgoing mail directly to the post office. Officers recently received a report from a neighboring agency of some found mail from Blaine residents in a suspects car.
- Put a “freeze” on your child’s social security number to prevent a thief from opening accounts, obtaining loans and more using your child’s social security number.
- Check your bank balance frequently or better yet, set an alert so when a purchase is made you receive a text.
If you are leaving town for Thanksgiving, be sure to have a neighbor to keep an eye on your vacant home. Set a timer or two to give your home that occupied appearance. Ask a neighbor park in your driveway. If you have an alarm system, be sure the monitoring station has your current cell phone numbers to call in case the alarm is tripped. Remember, if just one zone is tripped, it is most likely a false alarm.
Additionally, if you’re flying to your destination and parking your car in one of the many lots around MSP airport, clean your car out and don’t leave anything of value in plain view. Exercise caution if you use free public wi-fi, as there are many risks involved.
Double Check Your Home
To be sure all exterior doors and windows are locked, and watch the garage door close before you pull away.
Lastly, put the cell phone down and pay attention to driving. No more will we see Officer Steve Nanney and his wife Suzy for any holiday, and we will miss them dearly. So please, put the cell phone down.
Police Media Report
November 1-7, 2018