Don’t Be a Victim

Victim240x140In 2015, Post Falls citizens were most often the victims of assault and battery, credit card fraud, and auto burglaries. But you can minimize your vulnerability. Through expert tips, you can gain useful knowledge and choose to incorporate proactive behavior and attitude modifications into your daily life. And if unfortunately you are victimized, know the proper authorities to contact.

Assault and Battery

An assault is an act that creates an apprehension in another of an imminent, harmful, or offensive contact coupled by an apparent, present ability to carry out the threat. Battery is a harmful or offensive touching of another. Therefore, the existence of contact distinguishes battery from assault.

The National Crime Prevention Council distributes information and resources to help protect your safety. The link below provides ample tips and multiple other links related to violent crime and personal safety such as leaving kids home alone and college campus crime prevention. http://www.ncpc.org/topics/violent-crime-and-personal-safety/

Credit Card Fraud

Credit card fraud takes place daily. Criminals continue to find new and expanded methods for using your credit or debit card number to make fraudulent purchases without even having the card in their possession. Sometimes it’s unpreventable. But you can create obstacles and make it tougher.

The link below, provided by the Federal Trade Commission, offers some tips and information about how credit card fraud happens, what you can do, and how to report losses.  http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0216-protecting-against-credit-card-fraud.

Auto Burglaries

Almost all auto burglaries have one thing in common – something valuable left in the car to steal. Too often, the valuables are in plain sight of a passing burglar and many times these are crimes of opportunity. Preventing auto burglaries involves limiting the criminal’s ability and opportunity to commit the crime. Here are a few simple yet important steps to avoid being a victim of auto burglary: http://www.cnn.com/2009/LIVING/wayoflife/04/15/aa.avoid.car.break.ins/