Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED), also known as Design Out Crime, is based on the fundamental idea that the proper design and management of the physical environment can deter crime in a specific area. It is based on CPTED … Go To Page
Audio is a great way to connect with your audience. By recording a simple file and posting it online, we can let our community use any method they want to listen to our message. Most of us probably don’t realize how many ways there are to listen to on-demand audio. Listed below are some of the means but there are many more.
Ways to listen to on-demand audio and podcasts
- Directly from a website using computer. This is as simple as surfing the Internet on your desktop PC or laptop and clicking on a link to listen through your web browser. For example, if you go to http://crimepreventionhq.com/3 you will see a media player embedded right in the post and you can stream the audio through the website.
- Download the (MP3) file. In most cases, you can right-click on a link to an audio file and select “save” to download the file to your hard drive. The audio will play using a media player and you won’t have to be connected to the internet when you listen. In some cases, the file may be downloaded from a shared cloud storage service such as Dropbox. Here is a link to a previous podcast. Right-click it and “save as” to see how to download the file.
- Subscribe to RSS feed. RSS stands for Rich Site Summary and is a method of subscribing to a feed that will automatically deliver content to your device. For example, the RSS feed for this podcast is http://crimepreventionhq.com/feed/podcast.
- Receive an email with the audio file. Although audio files attachments can be quite large, this is a possible option if you just want to send a short message to a few individuals such as your Neighborhood Watch Block Captains.
- On Apple TV. This streaming device has a built-in app to play your favorite audio and video podcasts right on your TV. You can also connect the audio output of the Apple TV to your home receiver and play the audio through your home theater speakers for better sound. The native Podcasts App allows access to the largest directory of podcasts available.
- On Roku TV. Same as Apple TV above but not tied in to the Apple brand. You will need to install a Podcast player from the Roku channel store but it is free. The Roku is a great device for streaming Netflix, Hulu Plus, Pandora, Amazon Prime Video and most anything else you can think of to your TV.
- On Internet enabled smart TVs. Internet-enabled TVs are ready for listeners to surf to your website and play your audio.
- Using an iPod or MP3 player. The original portable device to listen to podcasts.
- From a link embedded in Twitter. Twitter allows you to place a link to your audio file directly in your tweet and your listeners will be able to play the file on most devices. Here is an example:
Did a Microsoft Technician Call Me? I Smell a RAT! A new podcast episode about this widespread scam is available at http://t.co/Zj7nSXvkIA
— Crime Prevention HQ (@CrimePreventHQ) July 12, 2014
- From a Facebook post using Soundcloud. Soundcloud is currently the only service that Facebook allows to display a native audio player. You can still put a link to your audio file in Facebook but it will take your listener out of Facebook when they click on it. Although this example doesn’t include Soundcloud, it demonstrates how Facebook will display a regular link to your audio post: Post by Crime Prevention HQ.
- Using a tablet. Much more portable than a laptop.
- Using a smart phone. We are a mobile generation. Statistics show that the majority of our media consumption is now from a mobile device rather than a desk-bound computer.
- In a car. Manufacturers are including more and more Internet streaming apps directly into the dashboards on new car models.
Here is a quick fact sheet from the IACP on how law enforcement can use Twitter. If you haven’t already done so, you may want to consider adding Twitter to your crime prevention tool belt.
Twitter Fact Sheet from the International Association of Chiefs of Police.
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We do lots of things at Crime Prevention HQ, but we try to concentrate on two areas: using social media tools to spread your crime prevention message and providing some content that you can pass on to your community.
Let’s start with a voice mail that I received this week at home. Later, we’ll talk about ways you can share this information with your community.
I received a voice mail this week that claimed to be from a Microsoft Certified Technician. The message claimed that my computer has been sending error messages to Microsoft and that the technician was going to help me fix my computer. I play the actual voice mail in the podcast.
The International Association of Chiefs of Police Center for Social Media has a very good getting-started guide for any law enforcement agency that is interested in developing a Facebook page. It includes a good Top 5 Tips section for increasing community engagement.
Beyond Bullet Points: Using Microsoft PowerPoint to Create Presentations That Inform, Motivate, and Inspire
Microsoft Press, 2011)(
Some people say that you should never have more than six words in a PowerPoint bullet point and no more than six bullet points on a slide. I say that if you have that many words on a slide you haven’t created a slide, you’ve created speaker notes! Cliff Atkinson takes it even further and says you probably don’t need bullet points at all. The real eye opener for me was chapter 2 where the author describes the two channels of communication (visual and verbal) and details how our minds can’t comprehend both at once. That means that when you throw a new slide up on the screen your audience won’t hear what you’re saying until they finish reading the slide onscreen! An amazing revelation that changed the way I do presentations.
Another book by Nancy Duarte that takes our presentations beyond PowerPoint by telling us how to present visual stories. Every Crime Prevention Officer can benefit from the in-depth information provided. My favorite takeaways are the “sparklines” for famous speeches that illustrate the presentation form. Although this book provides a few tips for improving the layout of PowerPoint slides, its strength lies in helping us structure our story. Although this book is available in Kindle format, I recommend the paperback version for its huge number of full-color, glossy illustrations.
This is an audio version of a post I wrote covering the dangers of the Ransomware malware. I included steps you can take to avoid this virus as well as what to do if you find that your computer is infected.
More Jury Duty Scam Phone Calls
The Lee County, Florida, Sheriff’s Office is once again warning its residents about a resurgence in fraudulent phone calls threatening people with arrest using the Jury Duty Scam.
A scammer claiming to be from the “Sheriff’s Office” contacted a resident this week trying to pull off what is known as the “Jury Duty” scam. The male caller identified himself as Lt. John Martin and told the victim a warrant had been issued for her arrest because she failed to respond to a “Grand Jury” summons. The caller told the victim she could avoid being arrested if she paid a $3,996 fine; and instructed her to go to CVS, purchase a Green Dot Money Pack card – also known as a reloadable debit card – and provide him with the serial number located on the back of the card. When the victim told the scammer she did not believe him, he passed the phone to his “Captain”.
Fortunately, the victim did not respond to “Lt. Martin’s” threats and demands; however, the Sheriff’s Office wants residents to know that under NO circumstances would we ever contact you over the phone asking for money and/or threatening arrest for failure to respond to a jury duty summons. It is important to know that in this particular case, the scammer DID use a local phone number and when authorities call the number back, it immediately connects to a voice mail with a message that states, “You have reached the desk of Lt. Martin with the Lee County Sheriff’s Department, leave your name, number and a brief message and I will return your call”. The Sheriff’s Office does NOT have an employee by the name of LT. MARTIN and residents should NOT leave a message.
Anyone who receives such a call is advised to simply hang up! You can report this incident to the Lee County Sheriff’s Office Fraud Line at 258-3292.
View the original bulletin: Fraud Alert Jury Duty Scam May 2014
Remind your people:
A key point to reinforce when you warn others about this fraud is to be wary of any caller that requires payment in Green Dot Money Pack cards. These cards are a favorite among criminals because they are virtually untraceable. Remind everyone that if they receive one of these calls they should immediately hang up and call their local police department.
Death by PowerPoint! As Crime Prevention Officers, we usually have to give public presentations regularly as part of our jobs. I’ve had to sit through enough horrible PowerPoint presentations that I swore I would do my best not to bore others to death when I have to give a presentation. That’s why a few years ago I started researching methods to improve my slides when I have to use PowerPoint, or its Apple equivalent Keynote.
One of the more helpful resources I discovered was Nancy Duarte’s book. Among other mistakes, I found I was using too many words on the slides. The chapters on how to reduce word count, restrained text animation, and how to treat your audience were worth the price of the book. I’m still going back and modifying presentations I made before I bought the book so my slides aren’t perfect yet. But they’re better than they were before!
I was a guest on the Marc Bernier Radio Show a few months ago. We discussed cyber safety, the challenges that parents face keeping their children safe on social media and the various types of computer crimes and scams that face us everyday. We also discussed the live Facebook chat event we hosted for parents on cyber safety.