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Archive | Crime Prevention

Arlington Heights Police Department Warns of Sextortion Email and Text Scams; Advises ‘Don’t Send Money’

807 The Arlington Heights Police Department reported Wednesday, May 27, 2020 that the police department would like to raise awareness to an email/text scam classified as “Sextortion.” The offenders behind this scam typically email or text message potential victims and threaten to release the victim’s sexually explicit videos/ photographs / pornographic online search history to […]

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Arlington Heights Police Warn of Fraudulent Phone Calls Soliciting Donations for First Responders and Families

1,471 The Arlington Heights Police Department alerted citizens at 9:24 a.m. on Friday April 3, 2020 that scammers are leveraging the COVID-19 pandemic to steal money and personal information. The police messages stated that Arlington Heights Police have been informed of fraudulent phone calls soliciting donations for first responders and their families. The Arlington Heights […]

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FTC: Money Lost to Romance Scams Up Almost 40% from 2018 to 2019

92 New Federal Trade Commission data from the agency’s Consumer Sentinel Network show that consumers reported losing $201 million to romance scams in 2019—up nearly 40% since 2018. Romance scammers prey on consumers who are looking for love, converting what feels like a budding relationship into an ask for money to help the scammer get […]

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Cardinal News and Neighbors App by Ring Benefits Community, But Not When Users Violate Copyright

318 Cardinal News is anonymously a participating neighbor on the Neighbors App by Ring. Neighbors is a hyperlocal social networking app that has been described as a high-tech neighborhood watch. The app, especially combined with Ring camera videos, has great potential to solve crimes, prevent crimes, and help make neighborhoods safer. People can post videos […]

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FTC: Advertising on Car Wrap Scams Are Targeting College Students

272 Scammer have found a way to prey on college students that are stressed about making car payments and keeping up with vehicle maintenance. If you have a car, you know how expensive the upkeep can be. Auto loan payments, gasoline, maintenance, parking fees, parking space rental fees, etc. So what if a company offered […]

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Cook County Medical Examiner Reports 5th Cold-Related Death of the Season in Cook County Occurred in Des Plaines

561 Des Plaines police at about 8:57 a.m. Friday November 29, 2019 called for firefighter/paramedics to respond to the block of 500 Florian Drive to a report of an unresponsive male. A 64 year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene on Florian Dorian Drive on the west side of Des Plaines. According to the […]

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Lake County Sheriff’s Office Alert on Stolen Vehicles and Preventive Measures

598 The Lake County Sheriff’s Office on Friday October 18, 2019 informed people about the methods thieves use to steal vehicles, and urged the community to follow basic crime prevention steps to avoid becoming the victim of a stolen vehicle crime. In 2019, over 60 reports have been made within the jurisdiction of the Lake […]

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FBI Warns Facebook Could Become Platform of ‘Child Pornographers’ If the Social Media Company Enables User-Controlled End-to-End Encryption

468 At a summit at the Department of Justice today, FBI Director Christopher Wray shared cases where the support of technology companies helped law enforcement rapidly identify and save children being sexually abused. Wray asked technology companies for the renewed and ongoing support of the industry in investigations into child pornography, terrorism, and other crimes. […]

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Privacy Concerns When Police Departments Use Ring Doorbells As “Networked” Crime Fighting Tools

121 Privacy advocates warn more surveillance will unfairly impact minorities. Some city police departments are partnering with Amazon to distribute its Ring cameras at a discount to deter crime. While some residents feel the Ring cameras provide personal and neighborhood security, privacy advocates warn that increased surveillance is turning neighborhoods into areas of constant surveillance. […]

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Chicago Tribune Finds 27,000 Illinois Residents Failed to Surrender Firearms or Account for Firearms After FOID Card Was Revoked

70 The Chicago Tribune dataviz team recently completed and published an analysis of Illinois State Police and U.S. Census Bureau data related to FOID revocations, and discovered that as many as 27,000 residents of Illinois over the past four years (2015-2019) have failed to surrender or otherwise account for their guns after police revoked their […]

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El Monte Police in California Are Giving Away Ring Video Doorbells For Crime Tips That Lead to Arrests

76 Residents with information that leads to the arrest of residential burglary and theft suspects in El Monte could receive a unique reward – a Ring Video doorbell. Matt Yurus reports. El Monte California is the Los Angeles area city where Michael Gargiulo is accused of killing Maria Bruno in 2005. Also known as the […]

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Rolling Meadows Police Department Joins ‘Neighbors’ by Ring to Provide Users with Real-Time, Local Crime and Safety Information

109 Neighbor’s app aims to reduce crime in neighborhoods by connecting people, security cameras and law enforcement Rolling Meadows Police Department announced Wednesday, March 20, 2019, that the police department has joined the “Neighbors app by Ring” which is available via iOS/Android to provide the Rolling Meadows community with real-time, local crime and safety information. […]

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