Dec 14, 2018
While you're driving, if you see flashing lights trying to pull you over but they're coming from an unmarked car, what do you do? Former SLCPD Chief Chris Burbank tells you what to do if you're nervous in this situation.
Nov 8, 2018
One of the most popular targets of a thief is a purse. Whether it's open at the top of your shopping cart, or loosely slung over your shoulder--it's ripe for the picking. Former SLCPD chief Chris Burbank gives a few pointers as to what you can do to keep your purse secure.
Nov 6, 2018
Say you're headed to the mall to get in some holiday shopping. What should you do to keep your vehicle safe? What can you do to help others stay safe? Former SLCPD Chris Burbank shares a few tips to keep crime out of the festive season.
Oct 26, 2018
New revelations in the tragic shooting death of Lauren McCluskey. Police say Melvin Rowland was extorting McCluskey before shooting and killing her. And they are calling Rowland a master manipulator.
Sep 12, 2018
On the afternoon of January 13, 2009, law enforcement officers responded to the Candlestick Apartments in Midvale City, Utah. The maintenance workers had observed newspapers piling up outside of Apartment 208. Officers entered and found Lester Janise, a 62-year-old Native American male, decesaed inside of his apartment. And valuable items were missing. An autopsy determined the cause of death as ligature strangulation. The time of death was estimated to be somewhere around the end of December 2008. Lester had visited friends in South Dakota earlier that December prior to returning to Midvale. His 2002 white Ford Windstar was missing from his residence at the time Lester was located. The vehicle was later recovered in another state. Lester was not only a spiritual leader among the Native Americans, but also a Vietnam Vet who was awarded a Purple Heart. He lived alone, but had had company from out-of-state staying with him shortly before his death. A Unified Police cold case detective recently received a reliable break in this case and is actively investigating new leads. We encourage anyone with ANY information to call 385-468-9816. We believe someone out there has additional information regarding this case and knows what happened to Lester Janise.
Sep 6, 2018
In the case of a gunman walking into a populated place and opening fire, former SLCPD chief Chris Burbank gives us a few general tips to help keep you as safe as possible.
Aug 15, 2018
In November of 2010, Sherry Black was senselessly murdered in the bookstore she owned and operated in South Salt Lake. While a few clues were left behind, the homicide is still largely a mystery. New DNA technology has allowed Sheriff Rosie Rivera and the Unified Police Department to get an idea of what the suspect may look like, and they are asking the public for any additional information they may have. A $250,000 reward has been posted for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person who committed the crime.
Jun 21, 2018
If your home is burglarized, having an inventory - complete with serial numbers - can go a long way toward helping recover your things. Debbie Dujanovic shows some easy ways to do it
Jun 15, 2018
What are some quick tips to keep in mind to prepare for an emergency where you have to flee your home? Former SLCPD chief Chris Burbank shares on what to gather and how to pack it.
May 10, 2018
With the kids getting out of school, many families are hitting the road for their summer vacation. Former SLCPD chief Chris Burbank gives us a few tips on what to remember before taking off.
Apr 24, 2018
Preventing fires at home should be a priority for everyone. Former SLC PD chief Chris Burbank talks fire safety, and how to keep loved ones protected in the event of an emergency.
Apr 9, 2018
Are you plodding along with your smart phone's easy-to-remember, same-digit security code? Former SLC PD chief Chris Burbank shares a few tips to help secure a device that holds a mountain of personal information that could be compromised in the wrong hands.
Mar 27, 2018
Fire Department’s bomb-sniffing dog returns to work after leg injury
Mar 12, 2018
Former SLCPD chief Chris Burbank talks about the various levels of home safety, and how to approach it in your life.
Jan 30, 2018
Let's say you're pulled over in your car by an officer and you have no idea. What can you do? Former SLC Police Chief Chris Burbank tells us what our rights are, and what we can do to dispute it.
Dec 4, 2017
During the holidays, many crimes happen AWAY from potential victims--in the parking lot where they left their car. Former SLC police chief Chris Burbank shares a few holiday tips on what to do to minimize risk as you do your shopping. *** When you go out holiday shopping, you need to realize that more criminals—more people intent on taking things from your car—are out watching. Do not leave your purse and valuables in the car, if at all possible. If you are going to leave something in the car, make sure it’s not visible—that it’s out of sight. If you’re going to put something in the trunk in order to keep it safe, plan ahead. Don’t wait until you get to the shopping mall to get out and noticeably put your purse in the trunk and close the door. Other people, unfortunately, might be paying attention. Put it in there before you get to the shopping mall, then as you get out of your car, if somebody were to be watching this, they would have no idea that you have anything of value—nor is that attractive to them as a thief. As you shop and get packages, be organized in that. Most stores will hold purchases for you until the end of the day. So that you can go to multiple stores and then just do a pick up run, as opposed to taking something back to the car and putting it right in the back seat—where somebody, one, watches you come, and two, as they walk by the car they say, “That might be something of interest.” We’re not being paranoid, we’re just reducing the chances those packages get stolen.
Dec 4, 2017
Periodically, we may all get an email from our banking institution informing us of something new at the bank or credit union. But what if a predator uses the bank's logos and makes an email look EXACTLY as if it came from the bank? Former chief of police Chris Burbank gives us a few quick tips on how to detect fraud, and how to avoid falling victim to it. *** Criminals are very creative. In fact, you may receive an email that has all the banking institution’s company logos on there, and it’s asking you, “We have a problem, there’s nothing to worry about. Send us your account number and PIN, and we’ll change this for you.” If you receive anything like that, call the banking institution and find out. Companies are very careful, because they don’t want to be exposed. Nor do they want you, as a customer, to be exposed to criminal behavior—to someone trying to steal from them or from you as a customer. If somebody calls you claiming to be a banking institution, or somebody wants to give you money—if anyone ever asks for your personal information over the phone, or for bank information, simply say: “What number can I call you back on, or who do you represent and I’ll call the company myself and engage in that.” Even if you want to donate money, I would never donate money to anyone who cold-calls, who just calls people randomly out of the blue. I would simply say, “Thank you very much. I will contact the institution and I will make my donation that way.” That is always the best way to do business.
Nov 29, 2017
With Cyber Monday's orders getting ready to ship, how do you protect those package deliveries from thieves? Former SLCPD Chief Chris Burbank gives us a few options to minimize risk and bond together as neighbors. *** Mail order has become a huge business. We get lots of deliveries. People are sending us things, and we are ordering things. One theft that happens often during the holiday season is package theft. The nice thing about the computerized system and everything that exists in most mail order businesses—they can tell you exactly when that package is going to be delivered. If you are not going to be home, make arrangements for that package to be delivered to a neighbor’s house. Have a neighbor come pick it up—someone that you trust. Have it delivered to the back door in some circumstances. One of the things that we most often miss out on is getting to know your neighbors. When you can trust your neighbors, when your neighbors watch your house, you watch their house—on both sides of your home. You know the neighbors really well, those three homes watch out for each other. Boy, we would be very safe. It’s about reducing our exposure to risk. Minimize the chances that that package will be stolen. You can reduce the chance that you will lose that package before Christmas.
Nov 20, 2017
How do you help keep your home safe during the holidays? What does your home look like during the holidays? What does it look when you are there? What does it look like when you are gone. Former SLC Police Chief and current Director of Law Enforcement Engagement with the Center for Policing Equality Chris Burbank gives tips and tricks on how to prevent crime at your house this holiday season. Whether you're using timers or apps to control your lights or other home devices, there are several smart choices you can make that minimize the risk of burglary--even where you choose to place those Christmas presents. *** An important thing when participating in the holidays is just home safety. What does your home look like when you’re there, and what does it look like when you’re gone? If the two are similar, then it’s very difficult for someone to look and say “Ah, no one’s home I’m going to go in there.” Leave lights on. Leave radios on. Change and vary when you come and go, or maybe when the lights come on and go off. Very inexpensive timers from any home store can be installed. Remember, criminals are always looking for opportunity. If you can make them think someone might be home, they are not going to enter your home. If you are going out, close your garage door. If you have large, expensive presents, don’t leave those in locations that they can be seen from the street. Put those in a different location until the time comes to open those gifts.
Nov 16, 2017
With a few decades in law enforcement along the Wasatch Front, former SLCPD Chief Chris Burbank holds a unique perspective when it comes to crime--he sees and explains both sides extremely well. When you see lights flashing in your rear view mirror, Chris explains a few things you can do that may make both parties feel more comfortable. *** Nobody, I mean nobody, including myself, likes to be driving down the street and see red and blue lights come on behind you. What do you do? First and foremost, pull to the right hand side of the road, no matter the circumstance. Maybe you’re not the one they’re looking for. They have to pass on the left-hand side when they engage their lights and sirens. If you are, in fact, the unfortunate one being stopped, pull to the right and come to a stop. That doesn’t mean a hard turn or anything else—move yourself over and come to a complete stop. What do I do when I’m stopped? I leave my hands in plain view, on the steering wheel. I actually, if it’s night time, turn on the interior lights of the car. A police officer who can see what’s in the vehicle, know the people who are in there, is much less concerned about their personal safety. Does this mean that you’re overly acquiescing, or giving in to maybe a stop you disagree with? Absolutely not. What you are providing is a safe, comfortable environment to talk to that police officer about why your were stopped. And maybe even, maybe even, get out of the ticket.
Oct 10, 2017
Children and teens unknowingly share a lot of information with others on the web. Information that, in the wrong hands, can compromise their own safety. Former Salt Lake County Sheriff Jim Winder gives parents a few tips on keeping things secure from the home front. *** Technology—one of the greatest opportunities of our culture. And also one of the greatest risks. Today, every youngster it seems has a mobile device—a telephone, or iPad, or a computer at home. These devices can bring the world to their doorstep. It can also bring predators. It’s imperative that you understand and observe what your child is doing online. Even the most simple of behaviors can result in contact with an individual that may pose a risk to your child. When kids are online, they will often share information that, to them, seems very ubiquitous. The reality is, sharing your age, name, phone number, and especially their location can bring with it significant risks. It’s imperative that you train your children that when they’re online, they have to have a sense of anonymity. If they do need to provide specific information, to any site or individual online, they should verify that first with a parent before they ever enter it into a computer. That data can be used for good, and it certainly can be used for ill. Remember, it’s not an invasion of privacy—it’s taking care of your children. It’s our job to keep our children safe.
Sep 1, 2017
On your family vacation to a theme park, how can you prepare in case a little one gets lost? Former Salt Lake County Sheriff Jim Winder gives advice for both parents and children to make searching easier. *** With the warmer weather, there are many festivals, fairs, and other large events that families will enjoy together. As you’re preparing to go to these events, take a moment to instruct your children on what they should do if they get lost. One of the most important factors is for the children to know where a meet-up location is. Should they become separated, you should observe a landmark or major entry point, and have that child return to that location and stay put. You should instruct your child that, should they become lost, they should communicate with individuals that are working behind the counter at a location, or an individual in uniform—like a law enforcement officer or security personnel. Have one of the family members stay in the location where the child was last seen, and then go and contact help. Individuals—security and otherwise—can then begin looking for the child. It’s also imperative that you have a specific description of your young one. Often times we’ll have parents say that their “blonde-haired seven year old” is missing. That’s not good enough. What we need is: * A specific clothing description * Color of shirt * Color of pants * Footwear * Length of hair * Name the child responds to If you have this data, it’s often much easier to locate your child. Remember, as frightened as you are, they’re more so.
Aug 17, 2017
As you plan out your next road trip, there are a few things to make sure you pack in your car before pulling out of the driveway. Former Salt Lake County Sheriff Jim Winder explains. *** Traveling brings with it its own set of risks. One of them is to make sure you get there safely. When you’re traveling in your vehicle, it’s imperative that you check your gas gauge to make sure you have adequate fuel to get to your destination. Judge your distances and whether you can get there safely. The other issue is, do not rely on the fact that your cell phone will always work. There are many locations in the state of Utah—the west in particular—where cell phone coverage simply does not exist. It can give one a false sense of security. It’s also imperative that as you travel you carry: * Road-side flares * Blanket * Water * Additional food * Emergency plan should the vehicle break down It seems obvious, but often times in a remote area this can provide significant safety hazards. Ensure that you have a plan when things go well, and more importantly, when things don’t go so well.
Jul 28, 2017
Getting the ultimate picture is not worth risking your personal safety. Former Salt Lake County Sheriff Jim Winder lets us know that in a summer filled with hiking, traveling, and sightseeing, it's important to capture your memories on solid ground. *** Getting the ultimate shot—it’s not worth your life. One of the advantages of hiking in the Wasatch Range is seeing some of the most incredible vistas. And with that comes the opportunity to take a quick photograph. That can present significant dangers. Often we see individuals go to an area to take a photograph and don’t realize they’re on unstable footing. It’s imperative that you stay clear of areas that could result in a long fall. Stay clear of areas of danger.
Jul 6, 2017
As vacation times kick in and families head to the mountains, former Salt Lake County Sheriff Jim Winder gives a few guidelines to help prevent tragedy on the Wasatch trails. *** Now that the weather has changed here in Utah, individuals are beginning to explore the beauty of the Wasatch Range. With that comes the opportunity to see some of the most beautiful country in the United States. One has to be prepared. Regularly, we see individuals that go into the backcountry very ill-prepared. They start off in what could be called a comfortable day hike, but they neglect to take basic provisions, including sunscreen, water, and food. Often they get into these situations and become a little disoriented because of their dehydration or other effects. Make sure that you notify individuals of your route and your estimated return. That way, IF something should occur, you can notify authorities and we can begin a search to recover you safely. It’s important that when you venture into these mountains, you understand that while they are beautiful, they also pose significant risks. Please: 1. Always hike with other individuals 2. Ensure that you take adequate supplies 3. Including significant amounts of water Also, take care when you are with pets. They, too, need live-saving provisions—given that temperatures can fluctuate greatly. These mountains are to be enjoyed—do so safely!
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