Web Site Wednesday: Did You Know? Throughout the month of November I’ll feature a ‘Did You Know’ resource — today’s topic is counterfeit power accessories. The old adage of ‘you get what you pay for’ comes to my mind when I think about this topic. Many deeply discounted power accessories at bargain basement, unbelievable price points are out there. How can you trust that these power accessories are safe? It is a safety risk to purchase counterfeit power accessories such as batteries, chargers, external flashes, cords and the like. This counterfeit industry not only poses safety risks to the consumer, but hurts the legitimate electronics industry and retail world.
What is a counterfeit product? An illegal replica of a real product that is designed to deceive and take advantage of the superior value of the genuine product. These items are produced in a manner to make it difficult or nearly impossible for the consumer to identify a legitimately produced product. Most of these knock-offs do not have the safety technologies that meet industry standards and have not been tested before being sold to the unaware public. They can catch fire, melt, or create power surges that can harm the user or cause property damage.
To find out more, see the National Crime Prevention Council’s web site www.ncp.org/stopfakes. The National Crime Prevention Council has partnered with Canon USA to raise awareness and warn of the dangers to consumers who purchase counterfeit power accessories. Learn more about the awareness campaign and remember this when you start holiday gift shopping. In addition to ‘you get what you pay for’ also remember ‘if it seems to good to be true, it probably is’ when out looking for good deals on power accessories, cameras, etc.
Thanks to the National Crime Prevention Council and Canon USA for this collaborative effort to inform the community.
Property Crime in the Foothills on Tuesday, November 8th:
2 Armed Robberies to a Business: 700-block of Juan Tabo Blvd NE, 10300-block of Candelaria NE.
4 Stolen Vehicles: 400-block of Eubank Blvd NE, 3600-block of Reina Dr NE, 1900-block of Eubank Blvd NE, 4400-block of Morris NE. A purse was left inside one vehicle at the time of theft.
1 Commercial Burglary: 2400-block of Juan Tabo Blvd NE.
2 Residential Burglaries: 3300-block of Britt St NE, 12200-block of Montgomery Blvd NE. Entries made by kicking in front door and removing a screen at a back window and entering via the window.
5 Auto Burglaries: 13100-block of Wenonah SE, 11600-block of Copper NE, 9700-block of Woodland Ave NE, 3100-block of Jane Place NE, 4200-block of Eubank Blvd NE. Entries made by merely opening unlocked vehicles and cutting through a convertible’s ‘rag’ top. Items stolen: Two sets of vehicles registrations and insurance documents, credit cards, clothing, a $1,000 interlock device, a professional grade vacuum cleaner and an attempt to steal one of the five vehicles (ignition damage).