National Methamphetamine Awareness Day: November 30th has been declared National Methamphetamine Awareness Day as a part of a nationwide effort to further educate the American public about the effects of methamphetamine abuse on families and communities. The effort hopes to increase awareness and decrease demand of the highly-addictive drug. A national survey found one out of six young adults has used illicit drugs in the last month. Brain scientists have discovered that just one use of crystal meth (methamphetamine) can make a person feel hooked. The awareness day is an effort to send a prevention message to potential meth users and to educate current users about programs that are available to them. See the Department of Justice web site for more information. HOW TO OBSERVE: Use #MethAwarenessDay to post on social media. HISTORY: In a proclamation signed by President George W. Bush in 2006, November 30th was set forth as National Meth Awareness Day. Thank you to the National Day Calendar for this information.
Take-Aways: Meth addiction doesn’t only affect the user — it impacts an entire community. The manufacture process is extremely dangerous, the cost in having to fuel an addiction by committing crimes hurts our citizens and the societal costs are high as well. Meth addiction fuels the ugly cycle of child abuse and neglect, domestic violence, spread of infectious disease, costs to our hospital ERs and medical resources, poses additional dangers to law enforcement/first responders, there are huge contamination and remediation costs to property owners and of course, injuries and deaths. Call 242-COPS (2677) or 911 as you feel appropriate if you suspect manufacture or use of this or any other drug. Do not confront suspicious persons or enter areas that you suspect may be used to manufacture meth — call law enforcement from a location where you are safe.
National Computer Safety Day: Computer Security Day is observed annually on November 30. Identity theft, fake frauds, ransomware viruses and more can make our online experiences challenging. HISTORY: The first Computer Security Day was in 1988 started by the Association for Computer Security to raise awareness concerning computer security issues. Thank you to the National Day Calendar for this information.
Take-Aways: Here is a checklist for you:
- Keep computer and software up to date.
- Use antivirus software and a firewall.
- Use strong passwords are change frequently. Strength is in length! Use at least 8-10 characters and spice up that password with characters, numbers, upper and lower case.
- Don’t ‘recycle’ or use passwords endlessly (ex: adding a 1, 2, 3, etc. at the end of the password when updating the password).
- Don’t use one password for everything; have different passwords for different accounts.
- Keep passwords to yourself (don’t share) and if you have them written down, keep that in a safe place.
- Avoid using names or dates in passwords that tie directly to you (ex: birth date, address, etc.).
- Remove unused programs.
- Back up your important data.
- Log off the computer when not in use.
- Report spam and junk email to the service provider. Watch out for misspelled words, poor grammar, ‘urgent’ notices, ‘get rich quick’ schemes or ‘work from home’ schemes, requirements for you to click on links.
Per the AT&T Cybercrime and Privacy team, older adults are not targeted for cybercrimes more, but they have more to lose. The age group with the most cybercrime victims are those 18-24 years old, then those 65 years old and up, then 55-64 year olds.
Operation Hope: The deadline to donate non-perishable foods, new/packaged toiletries, cash, checks or gift cards for the APD Chaplains to purchase items for Operation Hope is tomorrow, December 1st. Items can be dropped off at the APD Foothills Substation at 12800 Lomas Blvd NE until 5:00 p.m. The APD Chaplains are working very hard on Operation Hope to bring food items and toiletries to those in the Foothills Area Command identified by elementary school counselors as most in need over the holiday break in December. Thank you to those who have assisted with Operation Hope. Questions? Contact Imelda Martinez at the APD Foothills Substation at 332-5240.
Property Crime in the Foothills Area Command reported on Wednesday, November 29th:
7 Stolen Vehicles: 700-block of Eubank Blvd SE, 10700-block of Academy Rd NE, 10800-block of Jewel Cave Rd SE, 6300-block of Eubank Blvd NE, 1500-block of Eubank Blvd NE, 300-block of Western Skies SE, 2300-block of Deanna St NE.
3 Residential Burglaries: 5200-block of Foothills Trl NE, 12300-block of Badger Ln SE, 2300-block of Deanna St NE.
1 Auto Burglary: 200-block of Figueroa St NE.
Quick Take-Away from yesterday’s incidents: A bag was stolen at a fitness center that contained house and vehicle keys and the victim’s vehicle was subsequently stolen. I can’t imagine the stress and worry about this criminal having house keys and possible address information that most of us store inside our glove box or center console. Keep those house and vehicle keys with you (on your body), whether you have to tie them on a shoelace, loop them through a drawstring, keep them on a lanyard, zip them up in warm-up or workout outfit zippered pocket or keep them in a fanny pack while you workout. It’s not worth the risk of experiencing the initial theft and then the ‘snowball’ crimes of residential burglary or auto theft. Just a few moments of figuring out a plan to keep your keys with you while working out will bring you peace of mind and prevent theses types of ‘snowball’ crime occurrences. Breaking old habits and forming or adapting to new habits is crime prevention in a nutshell!
Be safe and have a great day,
Jill Garcia, Crime Prevention Specialist / ICPS, NCPS – APD, Foothills Area Command