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Scammer sweeping unsuspected winners (0)

Posted in Crime Prevention July 6th, 2009 @ 10:25 am by Linda 

Just when you thought you’ve heard all the scams going around, here is another one. Scammers who claim to be US Marshals are calling people to tell them they have won the Publisher’s Clearing House sweepstakes. These scammers tell you that they have $90,000 prize to deliver to you but you have to wire them $450 in insurance before the US Marshals can bring you the money.

First of all, if you get a call like this asking for money before you can claim a prize, hang up on them. It is nothing but a scam. In fact, if you receive a phone call with the caller’s phone number blocked and the caller won’t give you a phone number for call back information, you know they are nothing but low-life scammers trying to get money from you.

Entering a sweepstakes does not cost you anything and should not cost you anything if you win. Doesn’t Publisher’s Clearing House come to your house in a mini-van with balloons, flowers and a check?

During these tough times however, many people may consider paying $450 in order to make $90,000. However, in the end, you will not only be out $450 but also $90,000.

The US Marshall’s believe that these scam artists are calling from out of state or even out of country. This makes it difficult for law enforcement to track them down. In Colorado, it is a Class 6 felony to impersonate a peace officer so if they are caught, they will go to jail.

The best advice for not receiving these scam phone calls is not to sign up for any get rich quick contests. They may be a scam and may get you on a list that scammers can buy.

Crime rates in most Colorado’s major cities have decreased (0)

Posted in Law Enforcement News July 3rd, 2009 @ 10:49 am by Linda 

According to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI), major crimes across Colorado have dropped 6.1 percent from 2007 to 2008. This is the third straight annual decline in crime in Colorado. Major crimes that were reported in this study include homicides, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, assault, burglary, larceny and auto theft.

In addition, during this period, CBI has reported that auto thefts have dropped 22.1 percent. This decrease in auto theft seems to be part of a nationwide trend and is attributed to the difficulty in stealing newer cars because of better theft protection.

Another reason for a drop in crime rates is due to police being able to collect DNA during their investigations of all crimes. This includes burglaries and auto thefts. Trace DNA is collected and checked against state and federal databases. Because of this added resource, police can solve crimes faster and keep repeated offenders off the streets.

However, criminologists caution that crimes with economic motive such as burglary, theft, robbery and auto theft, could increase with a deepening recession.

New laws in effect for Minnesota as of July 1st (0)

Posted in Law Enforcement News July 1st, 2009 @ 1:41 pm by Linda 

Just like other states, Minnesota has new laws in effect as of July 1st.

One of these laws are very important especially if you have small children. Starting on July 1st, children younger than 8 years old or less than 4-feet-9-inches tall will have to travel in booster seats. Booster seats are inexpensive and vital to protect your youngster while riding in your car. You can use your car’s seat belt to buckle in the booster seat. If your child is younger than one, don’t forget to use a child car seat that is rear-facing. After age one, you can have the car seat front-face. Fines for violating the booster seal law are waived if the vehicle owner can prove a safety seat was purchased within two weeks of being stopped.

In addition, starting today, police can stop you if you aren’t buckled up. Previously, the police had to stop you on another traffic offense first. This is also a very important law that has proven to save lives.

For Minnesota boaters, a new “move-over” law also is in effect today. This new law requires boaters to stay clear of law enforcement watercraft that have emergency lights flashing. This law provides the same protection for officers on the water that is similar to laws for police and other emergency personnel on Minnesota roads. Under the new law, watercraft operators must move safely away from law enforcement boats and maintain a slow, no-wake speed within 150 feet of the law enforcement watercraft.

Finally, an important law, named for Brandon Swanson, a 19-year-old who disappeared last May after running his car off the road in rural western Minnesota, takes effect. This law requires police and sheriffs to start searching right away when adults disappear under suspicious circumstances. Previously, the police would wait 24 or 48 hours to begin their investigation. Currently, according to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, Minnesota has 31 missing or abducted persons and 15 runaways.

It seems that these new laws will help protect our kids as well as drivers and passengers. It will help save lives and really doesn’t impose a hardship to anyone.

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