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National Consumer Protection Week! Crime Prevention Tips.

This week is National Consumer Protection Week.

Here are some of my crime prevention tips to help you avoid being a victim of consumer rip-offs and for you to share with others:

1)  If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is…

2) You have a right to say “NO” to unsolicited offers.

3) Insist on receiving and reviewing offers in writing.

4) You have a right to take your time making an informed decision and to not be pressured into making a decision on offers.

5) Do your homework!  Get a second opinion, check references, and do your research before you commit to anything.

Helpful contacts:

Better Business Bureau:  1-800-873-2224

New Mexico Attorney General’s Office: 1-800-678-1508

If you have been a victim, contact APD to file a police report via 242-COPS (2677), online at www.cabq.gov/police or by phone to (505) 768-2030 to our APD Telephone Reporting Unit.

Have a safe week and share these tips with others — they are for you and our community.

Jill Garcia, Crime Prevention Specialist / ICPS – APD, Foothills Area Command