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
Crime Prevention Residential Applications provides students with a variety of information on crime prevention concepts and techniques, with an emphasis on home security. This course is designed for crime prevention officers, community oriented policing officers and security professionals. Cost is $399 and seats fill up quickly.
During the five-day (40-hour) course, participants are instructed in the areas of perimeter, exterior and interior security, including lighting, landscaping, windows, locks and alarms. Emphasis is placed on integrating the use of these components to achieve a safer home environment. Students participate in residential security surveys, learn how to organize neighborhood watch programs, and understand the importance of crime analysis and code enforcement in crime prevention. In addition to home security, several other topics are covered including agricultural and marine crime prevention, and auto theft prevention programs.
*This course is one of three courses necessary for the Florida Crime Prevention Practitioner designation.
This course will be held at the Embassy Suites Orlando North Hotel, 225 Shorecrest Drive, Altamonte Springs, Florida 32701. For reservations call (407) 834-2400 or (800) 362-2779. The room rate is $89.00 and reservations must be made by October 9, 2015.
|Date:||April 4, 2016—April 8, 2016|
|Event:||Crime Prevention Residential Applications April 2016|
|Topic:||Computer crimes for residential crime prevention.|
|Sponsor:||Office of the Attorney General of Florida – Florida Crime Prevention Training Institute
|Venue:||Embassy Suites Orlando North
|Location:||225 Shorecrest Drive
Altamonte Springs, Florida 32701
|Registration:||Click here to register.|
|More Info:||Click here for more information.|
I will be instructing the Tuesday portion of the class covering cyber crime prevention.
The IC3 (Internet Crime Complaint Center) receives numerous complaints related to auto fraud scams. Although there are variations, the typical scam involves a consumer finding a vehicle on a legitimate website which is often below market value. The fraudster claims they must sell the vehicle quickly because they are relocating for work or being deployed by the military and are in need of money.
The criminal refuses to meet in person, will not allow an inspection of the vehicle, and often attempts to rush the sale.
To make the deal appear legitimate, the criminal instructs the victim to wire full or partial payment to a third-party agent and to fax the payment receipt to the seller as proof of payment. The fraudster keeps the money but does not deliver the vehicle.
Let your community know about this type of scam so they can avoid it. Now that’s crime prevention!
The 2014 Internet Crime Report highlights the IC3’s efforts to prevent and reduce the prevalence and impact of Internet crimes, and reveals at least two budding Internet crime trends. First, the increased use of social media has provided a quintessential goldmine of personal data for perpetrators. More victims are submitting complaints documenting how social media was utilized to perpetrate frauds, or indicating the perpetrator initiated a relationship through social engineering. Second, the emerging popularity of virtual currency has attracted perpetrators, who are capitalizing on the vulnerabilities of the digital currency systems.
Hijacked Computer FTC Video
Can’t turn your computer on or off? Is it acting up, running slow, opening pages you didn’t click, or displaying pop-ups constantly? There’s a good chance your computer’s been hacked or infected with a virus. The Federal Trade Commission has released a short video describing what to do.
You can also download the video directly from the FTC website here.
Transcript of video:
You can’t turn your computer on or off. It’s acting up, running slow, opening pages you didn’t click, displaying pop-ups constantly. There’s a good chance your computer’s been hacked or infected with a virus and needs your help.
Stop shopping, banking, and entering passwords online until your computer is cleaned and restored. It’s inconvenient to be sure, but it’s a necessary step to prevent the situation going from bad to worse, from hack to horrible.
Update your security software. Install a new version from a reputable company. You can use your phone or another computer to check reviews of security software. Tech blogs and retail sites usually post them.
Choose carefully. Scammers sometimes advertise security software that’s malware in disguise. Make your decision, get back online, and download the software. If the security software finds malware, it flags it for you. Delete the suspicious files and restart your computer. If you’re still having problems, contact your computer manufacturer or other tech support and find out what else you can do.
Once your computer is back to normal, change the password you’ve been using for your bank accounts, your email accounts, and all your other important accounts. The safest route is to choose and use passwords that have upper and lowercase letters as well as numbers and symbols.
And finally, make sure your operating system and internet browser are set to update automatically. You want to keep your computer operating at peak performance. Visit onguardonline.gov to learn more.
Are your friends and family getting emails from you that you didn’t send? Or maybe you want to check your email, but you can’t log in? Chances are your email’s been hacked. Here’s what to do. The Federal Trade Commission has published a new video that describes the problem and solutions.
You can also download the video directly from the FTC website here.
Transcript of video:
Your friends and family are getting e-mails from you that you didn’t send. Or maybe you want to check your e-mail, but wait, you can’t login. Sound familiar? Chances are your e-mail’s been hacked.
Don’t panic. The situation can be fixed. Start by updating or installing security software from a company you can trust. And set it to update automatically.
Hackers often hijack accounts by infecting your computer with malware. So it’s important to scan your computer first. Delete anything that identifies as suspicious and restart your computer. Now you’re working with a clean slate.
Next, if you can get into your account, change your password. If you use similar passwords for other accounts, change them, too. Passwords are the keys that open your accounts. They have to be memorable for you, but hard for someone else to guess. Some people use software that manages passwords to help create strong passwords and keep track of them.
If you can’t get into your account, check with your e-mail provider to find out how to restore it. Once you’ve got your account back, and check your account settings to make sure no one added any links to your e-mail signature, and that your e-mails aren’t being forwarded to someone else.
Finally, let your family and friends know your e-mail was hacked. Think of it as spreading good computer karma. And they may have some work to do, too. Want to know more about protecting your e-mail from hack attacks? Visit onguardonline.gov.
What does the IRS Scam sound like? Listen to this recording of a typical voicemail and hear for yourself.
Play the audio:
People all over the country have been victimized by these calls. I received this one on my home phone and it is a little different from typical IRS (Internal Revenue Service) Scam calls, Normally, a live person threatens to have them arrested if they don’t pay “back taxes and penalties” using a prepaid card.
Characteristics of this call.
- Was made by a robo-caller instead of a live person.
- Used a computerized voice. This is often done to disguise the caller and eliminate background noise that could give clues about the scam artists.
- Advised that the IRS is initiating a lawsuit against me.
- Provided a “202” area code return phone number instead of a toll-free number. 202 is the area code for Washington D.C. and could trick the recipient into believing the call was made from an actual government agency.
Information from the IRS.
The IRS has information on its website about this widespread scam and steps that citizens can take to avoid it and report it. This scam has become so pervasive that they have frequently repeated the warning with updated information on new variations as they develop.
What we can do.
As we provide crime prevention information, we can make sure to highlight and mention this type of scam. Most people will never fall prey to it if they recognize the key points listed in the IRS attachment. This scam may also come by way of email as well as phone call so we need to remind our audience that the IRS will never call or email them without notifying them by mail first. With just a little bit of warning we can keep our people from falling victim to this scheme.
I provided holiday safety tips for the Volusia County radio program. We focused on staying safe while shopping during the holiday season and ways to protect our homes while we are gone.
|Date:||November 25, 2014|
|Appearance:||Volusia Today Radio Program November 2014|
|Outlet:||WNDB, AM 1150, FM 93.5|
|Location:||Daytona Beach, Florida|
The Volusia Today page is available at: http://www.volusia.org/news/volusia-today-radio.stml
The Toledo Blade: November 23, 2014
With all of the data breaches in the news recently, many people feel like giving up on credit cards and switching to cash. How do you answer the question when someone asks you if it is safe to use credit cards? This article from the Toledo Blade newspaper may help you answer that common query.
Starwood Hotels is rolling out keyless entry to your hotel room using your smart phone. What security implications does this have for crime prevention? Watch this Fox Business video to see how it works.
Did you ever wonder how criminals use stolen credit card information? Here is an eye-opening video from CNN explaining the “Pump and Dump” scheme. Keep your eyes open the next time you fill up your gas tank and see if you spot one of these crimes taking place near you!