Not All Thieves Are Stupid

 

1. LONG-TERM PARKING:

Some people left their car in the long-term parking at San Jose while away, and someone broke into the car. Using the information on the car's registration in the glove compartment, they drove the car to the people's home in Pebble Beach and robbed it. So I guess if we are going to leave the car in long-term parking, we should NOT leave the registration/insurance cards in it, nor your remote garage door opener. This gives us something to think about with all our new electronic technology.

2. GPS:

Someone had their car broken into while they were at a football game. Their car was parked on the green which was adjacent to the football stadium and specially allotted to football fans. Things stolen from the car included a garage door remote control, some money and a GPS which had been prominently mounted on the dashboard. When the victims got home, they found that their house had been ransacked and just about everything worth anything had been stolen. The thieves had used the GPS to guide them to the house. They then used the garage remote control to open the garage door and gain entry to the house. The thieves knew the owners were at the football game, they knew what time the game was scheduled to finish and so they knew how much time they had to clean out the house. It would appear that they had brought a truck to empty the house of its contents. Something to consider if you have a GPS - don't put your home address in it. Put a nearby address (like a store or gas station) so you can still find your way home if you need to, but no one else would know where you live if your GPS were stolen.

3. CELL PHONES:

I never thought of this! This lady has now changed her habit of how she lists her names on her cell phone after her handbag was stolen. Her handbag, which contained her cell phone, credit card, wallet, etc., was stolen. Twenty minutes later when she called her hubby, from a pay phone telling him what had happened, hubby says, "I received your text asking about our Pin number and I've replied a little while ago." When they rushed down to the bank, the bank staff told them all the money was already withdrawn. The thief had actually used the stolen cell phone to text "hubby" in the contact list and got hold of the pin number. Within 20 minutes he had withdrawn all the money from their bank account. Do not identify partners/spouses/family in your contact lists.

4. PURSE IN THE GROCERY CART SCAM:

A lady went grocery-shopping at a local mall and left her purse sitting in the children's seat of the cart while she reached something off a shelf. Her wallet was stolen and she reported it to the store personnel. After returning home, she received a phone call from the Mall Security to say that they had her wallet and that although there was no money in it, it did still hold her personal papers. She immediately went to pick up her wallet, only to be told by Mall Security that they had not called her. By the time she returned home again, her house had been broken into and burglarized. The thieves knew that by calling and saying they were Mall Security, they could lure her out of her house long enough for them to burgle it."

False "technicians" reviewing security alarms.

This article was in La Voz de Almeria on 7th December 2017 relating to, primarily, commercial properties. It may not be too long before householders are a target so please be aware when allowing anyone into your premises.

The National Police warns traders of a new type of theft

The National Police are warning merchants of a new type of scam that involves false technicians posing as telecommunications or security company workers, who come to their establishments to obtain information that facilitates a subsequent theft.

Citizen Participation agents are informing the different associations of merchants and in establishments such as jewellers, tobacconists, lottery administrations, banking entities or furriers of this new procedure. The thieves send a false technician with the excuse of routine checks to analyze the security measures of the commercial premises and adjoining properties. They usually cut off communications with the alarm center and commit the theft a couple of weeks later, most of the time by the butrón procedure.

What to do if you receive suspicious emails

Basically if you get an email with no message or text explaining the link so just a link and nothing else - then be very sceptical, very sceptical. I always check the link using a tool called Short URL Scanner. Some links are pretty obvious others are often obfuscated. The email you receive may appear to be from a friend or name in the subject from someone you know or from an organisation you respect or know of. Sometimes the email name may have been slightly altered eg This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. altered to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Do not assume it is to be trusted. The safest approach is to delete the email. If it is really important they will contact you again in a more formal way. As email and social media sites "merge" it is possible you may get an intrusion from a social media site so always be careful and scan your computer for malicious software regularly at a minimum weekly. (See appendix for recommendations on free tools to use).

High-power tactical flashlights

Tactical Flashlights

  • Do you ever drive by yourself at night?
  • Do you walk the dog or exercise when the sun is down?
  • Do you have a family to protect?
  • If something were to happen, would you be prepared? 

Due to the outbreak of late night and early morning crimes, officials suggest residents to take safety precautions. Officials stated they don't want residents to buy a gun or even non-lethal items like a taser or pepper spray. Instead they suggest something you probably would never think of - carry a high power flashlight.

The reason is even non-lethal deterrents are still considered weapons and are restricted in many areas. If you can't carry it with you at all times it's not really providing you with much safety.

You know how after someone takes a picture of you at night with the flash on, it takes like 3 minutes to see properly again? Search online for tactical flashlights.