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Crime Prevention Safety Tips March 2013

Stop Bullying
Over 3.2 million students are the victim of bullying each year, and teens in grades 6-10 are the most likely to be involved in activities related to bullying.

Bullying victims are between 2 and 9 times more likely to consider suicide than non-bullying victims. Suicide is now the third leading cause of death among young people, and for every suicide there are at least 100 attempts. Over 14% of high school students have considered suicide, and almost 7% have attempted it.

We must work together to put a stop to bullying!

What are the signs?
* Refusing to go to school - it is estimated almost 160,000 students stay home from school each day because of a fear of bullying
* Change of appetite
* Depression
* Lack of Self-Confidence
* Avoiding specific situations

Almost 60% of children that are bullied say that they never told an adult when they were the victim of an attack. You must be ALERT for all of these signs and changes in behavior!

What can you do?
* Listen to your children, and take children's complaints of bullying seriously - it is not just "kids being kids"
* Watch for signs that your children may be bullying victims
* Tell the school or group immediately if you think your children are being bullied
* Work with other parents to ensure that the children in your neighborhood are supervised closely on their way to and from school

Our School Safety Division Community Outreach Unit offers presentations to Schools and Parent Groups about the dangers of bullying, as well as many other important topics - such as prescription drug abuse prevention. Please call them @ 718-730-8550 for more information.
Window Shopping


Each year over $1.25 billion in personal items and accessories are stolen from vehicles in about 1.85 million thefts nationwide according to the most recent statistics. By employing some basic precautions we can attempt to minimize these "window shopping" thefts. Remember, it only takes seconds for a thief to take what they want, so don't give them the opportunity!

Lock your doors!
While this piece of advice seems like common sense, up to a quarter of vehicle thefts nationally are from unlocked cars, according to statistics available from law enforcement agencies. Even if you're running into the store for a quick cup of coffee on a cold winters day or a hot summer afternoon, that's too long to leave your vehicle's contents open for the taking. Simply locking the doors will deter those who might just be waiting around for an easy target.

Keep it neat!
Almost any seemingly worthless personal item that's visible from the outside -- even an empty shopping bag -- could be seen as a carrier of valuables. Don't' leave anything in plain sight, no matter what you think the value to be. If you have a wagon or SUV that leaves your cargo area on display, consider getting a cover. Most of these vehicles can be fitted with inexpensive retractable covers to help keep shopping bags or other belongings out of sight.



If you leave it empty the thief will leave empty handed! 

Know Your Numbers!


It is important to know your phone's unique IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity) or MEID (Mobile Equipment Identity) number*. 


You should take a few seconds to copy your phone's IMEI/MEID number down and email it to yourself (or keep it in a safe place). Having the IMEI/MEID number included on a police report in the event of loss or theft helps us better investigate the incident.


While the procedure varies by phone, we have included some examples below to help you get started.


Dial Method:

Dial  *  without any spaces from the keypad of your phone, the IMEI/MEID number should then display on the screen. Please note, this will not work for all carriers and on all phones, but it is a simple quick first step you can try.



Launch your Settings App, and tap on General. Then tap on About, and scroll down to where it shows your IMEI/MEID number. On the newer iPhone5 this number is also engraved on the back of the case near the bottom.


Android Devices:

Launch your Settings App (typically under the Menu) then tap on About the Phone, and tap on Status. This will show your IMEI/MEID number.


Blackberry Devices:

Launch your Options, then Status. This will show your IMEI/MEID number.


Remember, we are here to help, please contact our Crime Prevention Section - or visit our website @ - for more information on preventing Mobile Phone theft, as well as other useful information.



* Typically devices using a SIM card (AT&T, Sprint) will have an IMEI number, while CDMA devices (Verizon) will have an MEID number. 






ALERT: Motorist Distraction Scam

Warning The New York City Police Department is advising motorists of a scam in which suspects distract victims by falsely informing them that their vehicle has a flat tire. 


While the victims inspect the purported damage, a suspect removes property from inside the vehicle. 

Anyone with information regarding these incidents is asked to call NYPD Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). 


You can also submit tips by logging onto the NYPD Crime Stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or texting your tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577 plus your tip.

All calls are strictly confidential.


You can watch a video of the suspects wanted in connection to these incidents here: