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 Operation Identification

What is Operation Identification?

Operation Identification is a citizen’s burglary prevention program for use in homes. The Operation ID program involves the marking of property with an identifying number as a means of discouraging burglary and theft. In communities where it has been implemented, Operation ID has shown dramatic results in its ability to reduce burglaries.

The Operation ID program has two basic parts:

Part One...

Mark your valuables with your Driver’s License Number so that your property can be easily traced and identified as yours. We strongly discourage the use of your social security number as its use may provide valuable identification information to a thief.

Part Two...

Engrave your number in two locations on the property. One that can be seen easily, and the other where it cannot.

You may not be able to engrave an identifying number on some property like jewelry. In this case you should take a photograph of the item and include the photo, along with any unique identifying characteristics in your records.

Records...

After you’ve marked your property, you should keep a record of it in a safe location. If the property is ever stolen from you, or lost, that record may provide important information to identify your property once it is recovered. This information is also helpful to law enforcement.

Crime is Everyone’s Problem

What makes Operation ID so effective?

Marked property is difficult for a burglar to dispose of or resell. Marked property can be traced to the rightful owner with relative ease. And, if a burglar is caught with marked property in their possession, it is good evidence of possession of stolen property.

Burglary is the most frequently committed crime in the United States. By participating in Operation ID you are taking one important step to protect your possessions from burglary and theft.

Mark these possessions...

Adding machines

Answering machines

Bicycles

Binoculars

Cameras

Cell phones

VHF/Portable radios

Global Positioning Systems (GPS)

EPIRBS

Computers/Printers/Scanners

Fishing rods, reels

Golf clubs

Firearms

Lawn mowers

Mag wheels

Microwaves

Musical instruments

Outboard motors

Portable stereos

Tools

Televisions

Typewriters

Vacuum cleaners

VCR’s

This list is not all inclusive. You may mark any item that has value. Remember to make a record of what you mark. Remember to photograph any item that you cannot physically mark. Have valuable items such as jewelry appraised and keep all of that information together in a safe place.

 Tips for a Safe and Happy Holiday

As the holiday season approaches the Kodiak Police Department would like to offer some tips on how to celebrate safely this season:

If you’re traveling

Place your lights on an automatic timer.

Ask a neighbor to watch your home.

Enroll your home in the House Check Program. (Contact the KPD at 486-8000 for details and information.)

Don’t forget to have mail and newspaper delivery stopped or arrange to have someone pick it up for you.

If you’re out for the evening

Leave a light, television or radio on so it appears that someone’s home.

Lock doors and windows

If you’re shopping

Don’t leave valuable items in plain view in your car or truck.

Park in well-lighted areas and be sure to close all windows and lock all doors.

Don’t overburden yourself with packages. Be extra careful with purses and wallets.

Protect your personal information, credit card receipts and other important financial documents.

Report all crimes and suspicious circumstances immediately to the Kodiak Police Department at 486-8000.

Seasons Greetings from the Kodiak Police Department

 House Check Program

The House Check Program is a crime prevention program utilized by the Kodiak Police Department to reduce the number of vandalisms and residential burglaries of vacant homes located within the City of Kodiak

Here's how the program works.  If you’re leaving town and your home will be vacant you can ask the Police Department to check on your home for up to 30 days. 

You make this request by filling out a House Check request form.  This form can be obtained from the Kodiak Police Department. This form will ask you:

·         To identify the location of your home.

·         The date you’re leaving and returning.

·         To identify the address and telephone number of someone who will be acting as a responsible party for your home.   (strongly encouraged)

·         To identify the motor vehicles that should be parked at your residence.

A Police Officer will go to your home while you’re away to check the doors and locks. While there are no guarantees, no homeowner who has participated in this program has returned to find their home burglarized.

We strongly encourage all residents who leave town, to designate a responsible party for their home.  This person can water your plants, pick up your newspaper and mail, feed pets and also serve as a contact should something happen to your home while your away.

It is also strongly recommended that when you leave your home, you consider leaving a light on so as to give the appearance that the home is still occupied.

 Business Security Check Program

The Business Security Check Program is a proactive crime prevention program used by the Kodiak Police Department to minimize the number of vandalisms, thefts and burglaries of commercial establishments located within the City of Kodiak.

Kodiak Police Officers routinely check businesses located throughout the City on a random basis.  Officers check to see that all doors and windows have been closed, and locks engaged.  Officers also make informal observations about the condition of interior and exterior lighting, window and door locks,  and about merchandise and displays which may be obscuring the view into the business.

Once a business has been inspected the officer leaves behind a card in a conspicuous location which informs the employees and business owner that the business was checked. 

This crime prevention program works best if the business owner has on file with the Police Department a responsible party calling list.  This list contains the name, and contact telephone number for anyone who has been designated by the business as someone to contact in case of trouble. Typically, the responsible party is contacted only when a door or window to a business has been found open.

All businesses are encouraged to have a responsible party calling list on file with the Police Department.  Once it is on file, keep it current.

Contact the Police Department at (907 486-8000) if you have any questions about this program.

 Safety Tips for Runners and Walkers

Running and walking continue to be extremely popular sports. Each year more and more people take up running and walking because it is a quick, inexpensive way to stay fit. Here are a few pointers to stay safe as you hit the road.

Before you leave....

  • Plan your outing. Always tell someone where you are going and when you will return. Tell friends and family of your favorite exercise routes.
  • Know where telephones are located along the course or carry a cellular telephone.    
  • Wear an identification tag or carry a driver's license. If you don't have a place to carry your ID, write your name, phone number and blood type on the inside of your athletic show. Include any information about special medical conditions.
  • Don't wear jewelry or cash.
  • Wear reflective materials.

On the road...

  • Tell a family member or friend where you are going and the time you expect to be back.
  • Stay alert at all times. The more aware you are the less vulnerable you are.
  • Run or walk with a partner and/or a dog.
  • Don't wear headsets. If you wear them, you won't hear an approaching car or attacker. Listen to your surroundings.
  • Consider carrying a cellular phone.
  • Exercise in familiar areas. Know which businesses or stores are open.
  • Vary your route.
  • Avoid unpopulated areas, deserted streets and overgrown trails. Especially avoid poorly lighted areas at night.
  • Run clear of parked cars or bushes.
  • Ignore verbal harassment. Use discretion in acknowledging strangers. Be observant, keep your distance and keep moving.
  • Run against traffic so you can observe approaching automobiles.
  • Trust your intuition about a person or an area.
  • Be careful if anyone in a car asks you for directions. If you answer, keep at least a full arm's length from the car.
  • If you think you are being followed, change direction and head for open stores, theaters, or a lighted house! Anywhere where there are people.
  • Have your door key ready before you reach your home or car.
  • Call the police immediately if something happens to you or someone else, or you notice something or someone out of the ordinary.  It is also a good idea to check with police about any criminal activity in the area you plan to run in.

Stay Alert...It’s easy for runners and walkers to get lulled into the "zone." This state can make runners and walkers more vulnerable to attacks. Walk and run with confidence and purpose.

Running and walking in the evening or early morning...

  • Make sure people can see you: Think about where you are going and how well lighted it may or may not be. Going out at dusk or at night is dangerous without some type of reflective device on your clothing. Many athletic shoes have reflective qualities built in, but also consider a vest with reflective tape.
  • Watch the road: Wet or icy streets and trails may be difficult to recognize until it's to late.
  • Keep alert: Dawn and dusk offer convenient shadows for muggers and other crooks.

Away from home...

  • Check with hotel staff or concierge to find safe routes for exercise. Contact local law enforcement to find out about criminal activity in the area in which you intend to run or walk.
  • See if your hotel can arrange for you to go to a health club or gym.
  • Become familiar with your exercise course before you start. Get a map and study it.
  • Remember the street address of the hotel. Carry a card with your hotel address along with your personal ID.
  • Leave your room key with the front desk.
  • Tell them when to expect you back.
  • Follow your usual safety rules.

 Identity Theft

Identity theft is the fastest-growing crime in America, affecting half a million new victims each year. Identity theft or identity fraud is the taking of a victim’s identity to obtain credit, credit cards from banks or retailers, steal money from a victim’s existing accounts, apply for loans, establish accounts with utility companies, rent an apartment, file bankruptcy, or obtain a job using the victim’s name. Thousands of dollars can be stolen without the victim knowing about it for months or even years.

The imposter obtains your social security number, your birth date, and other identifying information, such as your address and phone number. With this information and a fake driver’s license they can apply in person for instant credit, or through the mail posing as you. They often claim they have moved and provide their own address. Once the first account is opened, they can continue to add to their credibility.

They can get the information from your doctor, lawyer, school, health insurance carrier, and many other places. "Dumpster divers" pick up information you may have thrown away, such as utility bills, credit card slips and other documents.

To prevent this from happening to you:

  • Do not give out personal information over the phone, through the mail, or over the Internet unless you have initiated the contact or know whom you’re dealing with. Identity thieves will pose as bank representatives, Internet service providers and even government officials to get you to reveal identifying information.
  • Shred all documents, including pre-approved credit applications received in your name, insurance forms, bank checks, statements you are discarding, and other financial information.
  • Do not use your mother’s maiden name, your birth date, the last four digits of your social security number, or a similar series of numbers, as a password for anything.
  • Minimize the identification information and the number of cards you carry. Take what you’ll actually need. Don’t carry your social security card, birth certificate, or passport, unless necessary.
  • Do not put your social security number on your checks or your credit receipts. If a business requests your social security number, give them an alternate number and explain why. If a government agency requests your social security number, there must be a privacy notice accompanying the request.
  • Do not put your telephone number on checks.
  • Be careful about using an ATM and phone cards. Someone could look over your shoulder to obtain your PIN.
  • Make a list of all your credit cards and account numbers (with customer service phone numbers) and keep it in a safe place.
  • When you order new credit cards in the mail or previous ones have expired, watch the calendar to make sure you get the card within the appropriate time frame. If the card is not received within that time frame, call the credit card grantor immediately to find out if the card has been sent.
  • Do not put your credit card number on the Internet unless it is encrypted on a secure site.
  • Pay attention to your billing cycles. Follow up with creditors if bills don’t arrive on time. A missing credit card bill could mean an identity thief has taken over your credit card account and changed your billing address.

Cancel all credit cards that you have not used in the last six months. Open credit is a prime target.

 SAFETY FOR SENIORS

GENERAL

-                  Consider a medical alert or buddy system

-                  Keep a fire extinguisher and smoke detector on every floor

-                  Use extreme caution when smoking.  Avoid smoke when alone or in bed.

-                  Use a correctly measured walking aid.

-                  Remove scatter rugs.  Tack down all others.

-                  Remove electrical or telephone cords from traffic areas.

-                  Avoid using slippery wax on floors.

-                  Wipe up spills promptly.

-                  Avoid standing on ladders or chairs.

BATHROOM

-                  Leave a light on in your bathroom at night.

-                  Use recommended bath aids, securely installed on the walls of the bath/shower stall and on the sides of the toilet.

-                  Skid-proof the tub and make sure the bath mat has a non-slip bottom.

-                  Clearly mark cold and hot faucets.

-                  Use door locks that can be opened from both sides.

-                  If possible, bathe when help is available.

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KITCHEN

-                  Keep floors clean and uncluttered.

-                  Illuminate work areas.

-                  Mark “on” and “off” positions on appliances clearly and with bright color.

-                  Store sharp knives in a rack.

-                  Use a kettle with an automatic shut off.

-                  Store heavier objects at waist level.

-                  Store hazardous items separate from food.

-                  Avoid wearing long, loose clothing when cooking over the stove.

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DRUG SAFETY

-                  Review your medicines frequently with your doctor or pharmacist and when you take new medication.

-                  Make sure your medicines are clearly labeled.

-                  Read medicine labels in good light to ensure you have the right medicine and always take the correct dose.

-                  Dispose of any old or used medicines.

-                  Never borrow prescription drugs from others.

-                  Check with your doctor or pharmacist before you mix alcohol and your drugs.

-                  Check with your doctor or pharmacist before mixing non-prescription drugs and prescription drugs.

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STRANGERS AT THE DOOR

-                  Keep doors and windows locked at all times.

-                  Do not hide keys outside of you residence.  Keep spare keys with neighbors that you trust or others that you trust.

-                  Install a peephole so that you can see who is outside without having to open the door.

-                  Never open the door to a stranger.  Verify identification first.

-                  If a stranger asks to use your phone, offer instead to make the call.  Do not let them into your home.

-                  Do not advertise the fact that you live alone.

-                  Never give the impression you are at home alone if strangers telephone or come to the door.

-                  Don’t reveal personal information to anyone on the phone or at the door.  You are not required to participate in any surveys.

-                  If a stranger comes to your door and refuses to leave, advise them that you will call the police.  Do not panic or argue, but be firm and state your intent confidently.

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SERVICE AND DELIVERY PEOPLE

-                  If possible, have all service and delivery people attend your residence by appointment or prior arrangement.

-                  Do not hide keys around the outside of your residence for the deliver person to use while you are not home.  This invites trouble.

-                  Do not leave valuables open to view or to a delivery person who is unattended while in your residence.

-                  If you do not like who you see when the delivery or service person attends – you can send them away.

-                  Ask for identification from any delivery or service personnel who attend your residence.  Be sure to utilize reputable and reliable businesses for service calls.  Take the time to check on references regarding ANY company that you plan to have work or perform service for you.

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OTHER THINGS TO BE CONSIDERED

-                  Take all precautions when storing firearms, toxins, medicines or flammable materials.

-                  Install fire, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

-                  If you return home and find that it has been broken into and you suspect someone may still be inside, go to a place of safety and call 911 immediately.

-                  Consider a SAFE ROOM in your house.  If you are at home when a break-in occurs, make all attempts to get out of the home and go to a place of safety where you can immediately call 911.  However, if you can not get out of the home – have a designated safe room insider your residence.  A safe room should have a strong door, a good lock and a telephone from which you can immediately call 911 for emergency police response.

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FIRE SAFETY TIPS

-                  Never leave cooking unattended.  Wear clothing with tight fitting sleeves when you cook. Always set a kitchen timer to remind you to turn off the burners and oven.  Keep stove surfaces free of clutter and built up grease.

-                  Smokers should use large, deep, non tip ashtrays.  Empty ashtrays often, wetting the contents before dumping into the trash.  Never smoke in bed or while consuming alcohol or taking medication that could make you drowsy or disoriented.

-                  Give space heaters space.  Keep electric portable space heaters at least 3 feet from everything, including you.  Just brushing against one could set your clothing on fire.

-                  Install smoke detectors.  Be sure to have smoke detectors outside all sleeping areas.  Test your detectors monthly and change your batteries once a year.  If you sleep in a room with the doors closed, install a smoke detector inside the room as well.  If you are hearing impaired, use a tested and approved smoke detector that triggers a strobe light.

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BE AWARE OF FRAUDS AND CONS

-                  Beware of “something for nothing,” “you have won a contest,” “cash only opportunities,” “home improvement offers,” “get rich quick schemes,” and “service calls you didn’t request.”

-                  Don’t fall for anything that sounds to good to be true such as free vacations, sweepstakes prizes, cures for cancer and arthritis, or a low risk, high yield investment scheme.

-                  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.

-                  Don’t let anyone rush you into signing anything such as Insurance policies, sales agreements, or contracts.  Read everything carefully and have someone you trust check it over.

-                  Watch for utility imposters.  People that come to your home saying they are there to fix electrical appliances or plumbing. Check Identification and check with your building managers to ensure utility workers should be there.  REMEMBER; don’t let strangers in your house without verifying who they are and what they should be doing.