- Know where your children are at all times and who they are with.
- Never leave a child unattended in a public place, such as, restrooms, stores, restaurants, etc.
- If your child tends to avoid a certain adult, find out why. That certain adult may be acting in an inappropriate manner to your child.
- Talk to your children about internet and mobile phone usage and explain what not to do. Explain to your child to never give out personal information about where they live, go to school, where they play, etc. Child predators can use this information to target children. Also teach your child to report inappropriate incidents to an adult.
- Know the area in which you live. Explain to your child the safest route to walk, go to school, or play. Also explain to your child the places they should not go in order to avoid conflict.
- Teach your child about bullying and cyber bullying and who to report it to if it does occur.
Child Safety Tips
Cyber Safety Tips
- Protect yourself from Malware, Spyware, and Viruses, complete software updates regularly and avoid visiting malicious websites.
- Use antivirus software to detect Malware, Spyware, Viruses, and other malicious software.
- Create passwords that are secure using upper and lower case letters, numbers, and symbols. Do not use passwords that contain your personal information. “Password” is not a password.
- Do not provide personal or financial information to unsecure websites. Secure websites will show a “Padlock” symbol in the address bar of your web browser.
Home Safety And Security Tips
- Ensure that your home is secure by installing deadbolt locks on outside doors and locking devices on windows. Always lock your doors and windows when you leave home.
- When home, always lock your doors to protect your family.
- If possible, have an alarm system installed and place your alarm company’s placard in front of your home. This will deter would be burglars.
- Trim trees and remove objects that would provide intruders access to the roof or a second story area of your home.
- Utilize outdoor lighting to make your home visible.
- Never leave a key to your home under a door mat or in an outside hidden key container. An intruder may observe you place said key in such an area when you leave or enter your home.
- If you have a key pad for a garage door opener, create a code that is uncommon and difficult to crack.
- Learn who frequents your neighborhood. If you see someone who is unknown and acting suspiciously, call the police.
Fraud And Identity Theft Tips
- Be mindful when receiving calls from telemarketers or someone you don’t know. These types of individuals will pose as anyone including government officials, bank institutions, and legitimate businesses. Never give your financial information to an unknown source. Most if not all organizations will not ask you for this type of information over the phone.
- Delete spam emails and ignore phone calls of individuals requesting money. These are common types of scams that usually revolve around a person in need, a large sum of money from overseas, or similar scenarios.
- If you receive a phone call or email from an individual who claims they have a family member hostage, do not provide them with any information. Contact the police immediately. This is a new and common scam used by criminals.
- Keep all important personal documents in a safe location. Do not leave such documents in plain view.
- Leave your social security card at home in a secure location such as a safe. Do not risk losing your social security card, which is required to open a variety of accounts relating to finances.
Vehicle Security Tips
- Park your vehicle in a well lit area.
- Secure all doors and windows
- Remove all items of value from plain view by removing them from the vehicle or placing them in a secure location inside of the vehicle such as a glove box or console area.
- Remove mounting hardware and cables for electronic devices when not in use. These items are an indicator for thieves that valuables maybe located inside of the vehicle.
- Never leave your keys inside of your vehicle. Even if your vehicle will be unattended for a moment, turn of your vehicle and remove the keys.
- When possible, back your vehicle into your parking space or driveway. This leaves the front of your vehicle visible to police.
- Utilize alarm systems and other types of anti theft devices.
- Before getting into your vehicle, ensure that no one is in or around your vehicle.
- When driving, lock your doors at all times. This will prevent your vehicle from being carjacked.