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Crime Prevention Tips - September 2012

Mark it . . Register it . . Keep it!

Almost 1/3 of all laptop thefts occur during the course of a burglary. Once a thief is in your home, small portable electronic items are easily removed and often easily sold. Would you buy a second-hand laptop if it had a NYPD ID number engraved on it?  Engraving items makes it harder for criminals to dispose of valuables thru dark-market channels, and may even deter theft. It can also help reunite you with your lost property.

The NYPD offers a free program – “Operation ID” - whereby a unique serial number is engraved on all portable valuable electronics and the owner’s information is registered with the Police Department. This program can be implemented by contacting your local Precinct's Crime Prevention Officer, or the Community Affairs Bureau direct at 646-610-5323.


Cyber Bullying is a Real Threat….

The Bureau of Justice Statistics ranks New York as the #2 State in the US with the highest overall level of bullying, and according to a recent survey 88% of social media using teenagers say they have seen someone be mean or cruel to another person on a social networking site.

So what exactly is Cyber Bullying? Online bullying, called cyber bullying, happens when the Internet, cell phones, or other devices are used to send or post text or images intended to hurt or embarrass another person. Whether you’ve been a victim of cyber bullying, know someone who has been cyber bullied, or have even cyber bullied yourself, there are steps you can take to stop cyber bullying and stay cyber-safe.

Here are some steps you can take……

  • Refuse to pass along cyber bullying messages
  • Tell friends to stop cyber bullying
  • Block communication with cyber bullies
  • Report cyber bullying to a trusted adult, including school officials

You can also help prevent cyber bullying by……

  • Speaking with other students, as well as teachers and school administrators, to develop rules against cyber bullying
  • Raising awareness of the cyber bullying problem in your community by holding an assembly and creating fliers to give to younger kids or parents

Don’t forget that even though you can’t see a cyber bully or the bully’s victim, cyber bullying causes real problems. If you wouldn’t say it in person, don’t say it online. Delete cyber bullying. Don’t write it. Don’t forward it.


Laptop Theft…

According to recent statistics from the FBI, a laptop is stolen every 53 seconds and 97% are never recovered.  Here is what you can do to help prevent laptop theft:

  •  Do not leaving it unattended while at school, the library, or in class (e.g. while going to the bathroom)
  • Utilize a cable lock to secure your laptop to your desk - even in your dorm room or at home
  • You should not use your laptop on public transportation, remain alert and aware of your surroundings
  • Utilize a boot or startup password to protect your personal information
  • Consider installing tracking software (similar to LoJack) to aid in the recovery of the laptop after a theft, or utilize the native services on the device (Back To My Mac etc)
  • Register your laptop and its serial number with your local Precinct’s crime prevention office, and keep documentation of your purchase (receipts etc)

We want you to enjoy the freedom a laptop can offer, but above all we value your safety.