Now displaying: March, 2017
Mar 21, 2017
Some teenagers recently have been "S.W.A.T.ing" along the Wasatch Front--making prank calls to emergency personnel to embarrass other people. Former Salt Lake County Sheriff Jim Winder discusses one of the incidents, and the serious consequences that await people who knowingly fraud emergency services. *** In today’s age of rapid-fire multimedia and communication, there’s a new term that’s been evolving. The term is SWAT-ing—the practice of initiating a police response to an innocent location. Recently, the Unified Police Department responded to a bone-chilling report of shots fired at a local school. SWAT teams, K-9 units, and large numbers of patrol resources responded, only to learn that it was a hoax. It turns out that individuals had decided that it might be “fun” to have officers from multiple agencies descend on a high school in the middle of a day. Officers entered those high schools guns-drawn, prepared to encounter an active shooter, only to find out it was a fake report. It’s important in this day and age where 9-1-1 resources and public safety resources are so limited that individuals recognize that the malicious use of their communication devices is not a hoax—it’s a crime. Please respect 9-1-1 and public safety, and never engage in these behaviors.
Mar 7, 2017
Vacations can be full of memories and fun pictures, but be careful when you post them on social media. Former Salt Lake County Sheriff Jim Winder explains why this can be dangerous. *** With spring time comes vacations, and often times on vacation we like posting our activities online. It’s great to let your friends and neighbors know you’re having a great vacation. Unfortunately, sometimes, a bad guy is watching your Facebook account. Be aware that when you post pictures and information about being out of town for extended periods of times, individuals can identify your residence and potentially you can be the victim of a residential burglary. Make sure to share your memories, but beware of how often you do it and how specific you are.
Mar 1, 2017
Warmer weather can bring criminals if we're not careful. Former SLC Sheriff Jim Winder explains why this is the case, and what we can do to prevent it. *** With the warmer weather comes a unique set of risks. We will often take the time to open our doors and windows, allowing the new fresh air in. In doing so, sometimes we fail to secure our homes. It’s important to understand, that in the spring time, criminals can become active. Leaving your garage door open after you have mowed your lawn or done yard care allows you to be susceptible to individuals to enter your garage and take property. In addition to that, in the summer time we’ll often times leave our windows down in our vehicles. That allows us to be the victim of vehicle burglary. Most importantly, we will sometimes leave our rear doors open to allow the breeze in. Beware of this, as individuals can utilize this as an opportunity to enter into your residence. Don’t let your guard down. We have to always be vigilant for the potential for crime.
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