Technology is constantly evolving. So are the risks associated with it. You can reduce these risks by talking to your kids about how they communicate - online and off - and encouraging them to think critically and act in a way they can be proud of.
What's the best way to protect your kids online? Talk to them. While kids value the opinions of their peers, most tend to rely on their parents for help on the issues that matter most.
Questions You Need to Ask Yourself Concerning Social Media
1. Do you set rules that your child must follow when it comes to social media usage? Are there consequences for breaking the rules?
2. Do you set age limits for social media sites and are there time limits for being on line?
3. Do you know the passwords to your child’s phone and social media accounts? If not get them!
4. Do you monitor, “Follow” your child’s social media accounts? There is software that can help you track what your child is looking at!
5. Have you spoken to your child about the dangers of sharing information on line with strangers? Do they realize the person they are talking to might not be who they claim to be?
6. Does your child know that whatever they send out on social media cannot be taken back? A picture, an inappropriate text or anything else will probably be out there forever and just might come back to have consequences when you later apply for college or try to get a job!
7. Do you have your children use there devices in a central location and not the privacy of their bedroom?
8. Have you spoken to your children about not giving out personal information? Explain to them that giving out their private information on line to someone they do not know is very dangerous! Make sure that photo’s they post on line do not show your home address or any other identifiable information.
“Avoid the Home Repair Scam”
Who knocks on your door unsolicited
Ask for payment for the whole job upfront and asks to be paid in cash.
Is not visible on line or has no physical address just a Post Office Box.
Offers you a discount to recruit other customers.
Ask you to go and purchase the building permit.
Gives you a “Too good to be true price”
Pressures you to decide immediately for a huge discounted price.
Tells you to act immediately due to safety concerns.
Tells you to sign a contract without reading it.
Offers you a great deal based on having left over materials from another job.
Talks fast and attempts to confuse you when you ask questions.
So if you are having home repairs of any kind done, get several quotes to verify you are not being over charged or scammed. Verify that the company is legit and not just a crew in the area scamming people and ripping them off.
Do not pay for the work up front!!!
If you feel the company is suspicious contact law enforcement.
Below is a link to a scam warning from the Attorney General’s Office.
We now have forms designed for Belated Shoplifting Reports and Gas Theft Reports. Please click the links below, fill in all the requested information and then print the document. All items can be submitted in person at the Grand Island Police Department : 111 Public Safety Drive, Grand Island, NE 68801
Belated Shoplifting Report - these are not intended to replace reports where suspects have been detained by employees or are in progress.
Gas Theft Report - are designed for reporting the theft of fuel after the fact and are not intended to take the place of the immediate reporting of a theft of the fuel if it just occurred.
The Grand Island Police Department has created a registry for persons with Autism and other developmental disabilities to try and bridge the gap with information to give law enforcement critical information, routines, alerts, behaviors and special needs for those with disabilities. This information will help inform officers when conducting traffic stops, arriving on calls for service or at residences with regards to persons with Autism and other disabilities such as: Alzheimer’s, Dementia, Down Syndrome or any other persons with developmental disabilities. The information provided in this registry can provide timely and pertinent information on ways to communicate and assist with these persons during emergency situations.
The Grand Island Police Department asks that you fill the registration form out completely to include current address; known vehicles associated and if possible provide a current photo. The information on the form is important and if you are unable to provide a photo, we can assist in taking one as well. This registration form can be linked to our database so that officers can have the most up to date information to better assist you and your family member or loved one.
If there are any changes we ask that you contact the Grand Island Police Department as soon as the change occurs. You can call our office at 308-385-5400 with questions and updates. This service is free of charge and is a way for our community and their loved ones to know that the Grand Island Police Department and its officers care about their safety when assisting with persons with Autism and disabilities.
In the past several days the Grand Island Police Department has been involved in investigating many frauds in the Grand Island area. Just because your are involved in a fraud case, it doesn't mean that you have done something wrong. Sometimes it involves a credit card and your credit card may not have even left your hand. It still can happen.
Just a friendly reminder to keep your credit cards and debit cards in a safe place. If you give you PIN# to anyone else, then you lose control over who else has your PIN#. It goes back to the saying that two people can keep a secret as long as one of them is dead. You can put a fraud alert on your accounts and you only need to contact one of the three credit bureaus to do this. Check out the Facebook pages of Grand Island Police Department of Hall County Crime Stoppers for additional information or click here.
- Personal Property Inventory
- Identity Theft
- Crime Prevention Tips
- Prevention of ID Theft
- Crime Alert
- Home Security Inspection Check List
- Target Harden Your Homes
- America's Worst Charities
- Changes in Every Day Life
- Report a Crime
- Protect Your Vehicle (Español)
- Halloween Safety
- Fraud Alert
Officer Jason Wood #454