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In an Emergency Call 911
• Stay alert and tuned in to your surroundings, wherever you are.
• Stand tall and walk confidently. Don't show fear. Don't look like a victim.
• Carry your purse close to your body and keep a firm grip on it.
• Avoid pickpockets carrying your wallet in an inside coat pocket or front trouser pocket.
• Always lock your car and take the keys, even if you'll be for only a short time.
• Keep your car in good running condition, and keep the tank at least one-
• Lock doors while driving.
• If your car breaks down, raise the hood and place emergency reflectors or flares. Then stay in the locked car. When someone stops to helps, don't get out. Ask him or her, through a closed or cracked window, to telephone the police to come and help.
• If you're coming or going after dark, park in a well-
• Never pick up hitchhikers.
• Never leave an identification tag on your key ring.
• If your keys are lost or stolen, it could help a thief locate your car and burglarise your home.
• Try to plan your visits to automatic teller during the day, rather than after dark.
• Choose an ATM location that is in a busy public place.
• If at all possible, take along a friend who can watch the surroundings while you are conduction your transactions.
• When you make a withdrawal, quickly place the money in your purse or wallet and leave as soon as you finish your transaction.
• Watch out for suspicious-
• If someone offers to let you go ahead of them, decline politely and leave.
• When visiting a drive-
• If anyone approaches your car on foot, roll up your window and drive off.
• If you have not finished your transaction, and you are approached by a suspicious character, press CANCEL button, receive your card and l eave quickly.
Teach Your Children
• How to call 911 or "0" in emergencies and how to use a public phone.
• Help them practice making emergency phone calls.
• Be sure emergency numbers-
• Their full name, address, and phone number (including the area code), plus your work number.
• If you have a cellular phone and/or beeper, teach your children these numbers as well.
• To refuse rides or gifts from anyone, unless it's someone both you and your child know and trust.
• Tell a trusted adult immediately if anyone, no matter whom, touches them in a way that makes them feel uncomfortable.
• Learn about warning signs that your child might get involved with drugs, or gangs.
• Always know and know about your child's activities.
• Be sure you and your child are clear on your rules and expectations for activities.
• Make absolutely clear what is OK and what is not.
• Teach your child Internet safety tips.
• The people they talk to online might not be who they say they are.
• What steps you want them to follow when they get home; such as phoning you at work or a neighbor or grandparent who is at home.
• Not to let strangers, adults or children into the home for any reason.
• Not to tell telephone callers that they're alone.
• That door and window locks must always be used.
• Be sure your children know how to work them.
• Not to go into the home if a door is ajar or a window is broken, but to go to a neighbor's or public phone and call the police.
• Your rules about acceptable activities when you are not at home.
Avoid Fraud and Scams
• Don't let greed overcome your common sense.
• Be wary of High pressure sales; Demands for 'Cash Only'; pressure for quick decisions;
secret deals; no-
• Get a second opinion from someone you trust.
• Remember: If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!!!!!!
• If a caller asks for your credit card number to verify a free vacation or other gift, hang up. Your number may be used to charge purchases by phone.
• Make sure you know the charges, before calling a 900 number. Most 800 numbers are free 900 numbers aren't.
• Be very suspicious if you receive a collect call from someone who says he a law-
• Other variations of this scam include a telephone company investigator checking a system failure, or an FCC official investigating a complaint.
• Ask for a financial report if a caller requests a charitable donation. Reputable charities will always send this information if you ask.
• ***Never make an investment with a stranger over the phone****
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Social Networks makes it easy to express yourself, connect with friends and make new ones, but please remember that what you post publicly could embarrass you or expose you to danger. Here are some common sense guidelines that you should follow when using Social Networks.
• Don't forget that your profile in social networks forums are public spaces.
• People aren't always who they say they are. Be careful about adding strangers to your friends list.
• Harassment, hate speech and inappropriate content should be reported.
• Don't post anything that would embarrass you later.
• Don't mislead people into thinking that you're older or younger.
Safety Tips at the ATM Machine
A Child Is Missing Alert is activated often before the Amber Alert (stranger abductions
of children) in that ACIM assist in ALL missing cases, such as children that are
abducted, lost wander-
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What does the organization does for Missing Children?
• Generates 1000 calls in 60 seconds.
• No jurisdictional boundaries adhere to A Child I Missing Alert.
• A public service funded by federal and state grants, private corporations, individuals and fundraisers.
• Free to law enforcement agencies.
• Staffed by expertly trained operators.
• FAST as focusing the eyes of the community to help.
• Available Nationwide.
• Public/Private Partnership.
• Law Enforcement endorsed.
• No special equipment needed.
• When you get a call....please listen and respond. You could be the one that helps save a life.
For more information contact:
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P.O. Box 460669
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