ELLIS POLICE DEPARTMENT
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Crime Prevention

      BE ALERT WHEN YOU ARE OUT AND ABOUT

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There is safety in numbers. Go out with friends or family, not alone.
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Always, carry your purse close to your body, do not allow it to dangle by the straps.  Place your wallet in an inside coat or front pants pocket.
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Don't carry credit cards you don't need or large amounts of cash.
* Use direct deposit for Social Security and other regular checks.
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Whether you're a passenger or driver, keep your car doors locked. Be particularly alert in parking lots and garages. If possible, park in a well lighted area near an entrance.
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Sit close to the driver or near the exit while riding the bus, train, or any public transportation.
* If someone or something makes you uneasy, trust your instincts and leave.
 



          MAKE YOUR HOME SAFE AND SECURE

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Install good locks on doors and windows. Use them! Don't hide keys in mailboxes and planters or under doormats. Instead, leave an extra set of keys with a neighbor or friend.
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Ask for photo identification from service or delivery people before letting them in. If you are the least bit worried, call the company to verify.

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Be sure your street address number is large, clear of obstruction, and well-lighted so police and other emergency personnel can find your home quickly.

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Consider a home alarm system that provides emergency monitoring for burglary, fire, and medical emergencies.

                   WATCH OUT FOR CON ARTISTS

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Don't fall for anything that sounds too good to be true -- a free vacation, sweepstakes prizes, cures for cancer and arthritis, a low-risk, high-yield investment scheme.
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Never give your credit card, phone card, Social Security, or bank account number to anyone over the phone. It's illegal for telemarketers to ask for these numbers to verify a prize or gift.

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Don't let anyone rush you into signing anything -- an insurance policy, a sales agreement, a contract. Read it carefully and have someone you trust check it over.
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Beware of individuals claiming to represent companies, consumer organizations, or government agencies that offer to recover lost money from fraudulent telemarketers for a fee.

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If you're suspicious, check it out with the police, the Better Business Bureau, Chamber of Commerce, or your local consumer protection office. Call the National Consumers League Fraud Information Center at 800-876-7060.

              
                GET INVOLVED IN THE COMMUNITY

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 Report any crime or suspicious activities to law enforcement.
* Join a neighborhood watch to look out for each other and help the police.
* Work to change conditions that hurt your neighborhood.  Volunteer as a citizen patrol, tutor for children, mentor for teens, or escort for individuals with disabilities.

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