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Report#1

How To Reduce Crime In Your Neighborhood

While we don't like to talk about it - or even think about it - crime is on the increase in America, and throughout the world. The number of burglars, muggers, auto thieves, robbers, purse snatchers, etc., is growing at an alarming rate. Now you, as a resident, working with neighbors can help reduce the crime rate.

How? By organizing and/or joining a neighborhood program in which you and your neighbors get together to learn how to protect yourselves, your family, your home and your property. Working together, you can get the criminals off your block and out of your area.

There's safety in numbers and power through working with a group. You'll get to know your neighbors better, and working with them you can reduce crime, develop a more united community, provide an avenue of communications between police and citizens, establish on-going crime prevention techniques in your neighborhood, and renew citizen interest in community activity.

"Citizens Safety Projects" are set up to help you do this. It is a joint effort between private citizens and local police. Such programs have been started all over the country. Maybe one already exists in your community.

These organizations don't require frequent meetings (once a month or so). They don't ask anyone to take personal risks to prevent crime. They leave the responsibility for catching criminals where it belongs - with the police. This is NOT a "vigilante" group:

These groups gather citizens together to learn crime prevention from local authorities. You cooperate with your neighbors to report suspicious activities in the neighborhood, to keep an eye on homes when the resident is away, and to keep everyone in the area mindful of the standard precautions for property and self that should always be taken. Criminals avoid neighborhoods where such groups exist.

Through cooperation with local law enforcement agencies, some of the things you will learn - and all free - are:

1. What to do in an emergency.

2. How to best identify a suspicious person.

3. How to identify a vehicle being used in a suspected criminal activity.

4. Signs to watch out for before entering a house or apartment that may be in the process of being burglarized.

5. What to do in case of injury.

6. What to do about suspicious people loitering on your street.

7. How to identify stolen merchandise.

8. How to recognize auto theft in progress.

9. How to protect your house or apartment.

10. How to recognize a burglary in progress.

11. How to protect yourself and family - and much more.

It's easy to get your group started. All you have to do is contact your neighbors and arrange a date, place and time for the first meeting. Hold the meetings at your home or that of a neighbor. Try to plan a time that is convenient to most of your neighbors - preferably in the evening.

Then call your local police department. They will be happy to give your group informal lectures, free literature - and in many instances, window stickers and I.D. cards. Remember, police officers can't be everywhere. Your cooperation with them is for the benefit of you, your family, your neighbors and your neighborhood.

VRW REPORTS

358 CONCORD ROAD

DADEVILLE,AL. 36853

Crime Report #2

How To Select A Burglar Alarm

Burglars dislike noise - it attracts attention. A barking dog is the best deterrent in preventing burglaries. However, a watch dog cannot always be depended upon. Some professional burglars have been known to carry delectable "dog snacks" in their pockets - and with a full stomach, some watch dogs make friends easily and forget their purpose of guarding the premises. The most reliable safe-guard to protect your home and possessions is a reliable alarm.

Many types of burglar alarms can be obtained for residential use. It is advisable, however, that basic hardware security measures be followed first. If additional security is desired, the following recommendations could be helpful.

1. Obtain estimates from three alarm companies, notifying each of this procedure.

2. An audible alarm is recommended over silent alarms for residential use in order to first protect persons and secondly, property.

Don't depend entirely upon an alarm system to protect you - be sure to use proper locking devices. Any alarm system should include:

A. A battery-powered fail-safe back-up.

B. Fire-sensing capability.

C. Read-out ability to check working of system,

D. Horn sounding device installed in attic through vent.

When shopping for an alarm system, take this list with you.

SECONDARY BARRIER -

If the value of small personal items warrants protection, a secondary barrier is an additional safeguard. On a hinging closet door, install a 1" dead bolt lock. Store your jewels, furs, cameras, guns, silverware and other valuables behind this barrier. Be sure to "pin" the hinges (as outlined in "How To Burglar-Proof Your Doors" - available from the publisher.)

Crime is on the increase throughout America - and most of the world! For vital information on how to protect your family, your home, your possessions and yourself -

VRW REPORTS

358 CONCORD ROAD

DADEVILLE, AL. 36853

Do it now! It could save a life . . . maybe yours!

Crime Report #3

How To Select A Burglar Alarm

Burglars dislike noise - it attracts attention. A barking dog is the best deterrent in preventing burglaries. However, a watch dog cannot always be depended upon. Some professional burglars have been known to carry delectable "dog snacks" in their pockets - and with a full stomach, some watch dogs make friends easily and forget their purpose of guarding the premises. The most reliable safe-guard to protect your home and possessions is a reliable alarm.

Many types of burglar alarms can be obtained for residential use. It is advisable, however, that basic hardware security measures be followed first. If additional security is desired, the following recommendations could be helpful.

1. Obtain estimates from three alarm companies, notifying each of this procedure.

2. An audible alarm is recommended over silent alarms for residential use in order to first protect persons and secondly, property.

Don't depend entirely upon an alarm system to protect you - be sure to use proper locking devices. Any alarm system should include:

A. A battery-powered fail-safe back-up.

B. Fire-sensing capability.

C. Read-out ability to check working of system.

D. Horn sounding device installed in attic through vent.

When shopping for an alarm system, take this list with you.

SECONDARY BARRIER -

If the value of small personal items warrants protection, a secondary barrier is an additional safeguard. On a hinging closet door, install a 1" dead bolt lock. Store your jewels, furs, cameras, guns, silverware and other valuables behind this barrier. Be sure to "pin" the hinges (as outlined in "How To Burglar-Proof Your Doors" - available from the publisher.)

Crime is on the increase throughout America - and most of the world! For vital information on how to protect your family, your home, your possessions and yourself -

VRW REPORTS

358 CONCORD ROAD

DADEVILLE, AL. 36853

Do it now! It could save a life . . . maybe yours!

Crime Report #4

How To Select A Burglar Alarm

Burglars dislike noise - it attracts attention. A barking dog is the best deterrent in preventing burglaries. However, a watch dog cannot always be depended upon. Some professional burglars have been known to carry delectable "dog snacks" in their pockets - and with a full stomach, some watch dogs make friends easily and forget their purpose of guarding the premises. The most reliable safe-guard to protect your home and possessions is a reliable alarm.

Many types of burglar alarms can be obtained for residential use. It is advisable, however, that basic hardware security measures be followed first. If additional security is desired, the following recommendations could be helpful.

1. Obtain estimates from three alarm companies, notifying each of this procedure.

2. An audible alarm is recommended over silent alarms for residential use in order to first protect persons and secondly, property.

Don't depend entirely upon an alarm system to protect you - be sure to use proper locking devices. Any alarm system should include:

A. A battery-powered fail-safe back-up.

B. Fire-sensing capability.

C. Read-out ability to check working of system.

D. Horn sounding device installed in attic through vent.

When shopping for an alarm system, take this list with you.

SECONDARY BARRIER -

If the value of small personal items warrants protection, a secondary barrier is an additional safeguard. On a hinging closet door, install a 1" dead bolt lock. Store your jewels, furs, cameras, guns, silverware and other valuables behind this barrier. Be sure to "pin" the hinges (as outlined in "How To Burglar-Proof Your Doors" - available from the publisher.)

Crime is on the increase throughout America - and most of the world! For vital information on how to protect your family, your home, your possessions and yourself -

VRW REPORTS

358 CONCORD ROAD

DADEVILLE, AL. 36853

Do it now! It could save a life . . . maybe yours!

Crime Report #5

How Shoplifting Affects You & Your Family

One of the most common non-violent crimes facing America today- and most of the world - is shoplifting. So prevalent is this problem, that most stores and shops automatically increases prices (as much as 10%) to cover these losses.

Shoplifters fall into several categories. First, there are the "professionals". They make their living by stealing - most often to their "customers" specifications. They have to perfect their technique to operate . . .to remove labels with scissors or razor blades, that could incriminate them if caught . . .or by designing a "booster" box for stolen articles. . . or the expert use of "bad bags" (shopping bags) . . . or "booster" skirts or pants (ordinary appearing garments with baglike compartments inside). . .plus dozens of other clever "professional's tools".

Some take things they could easily pay for and perhaps do not even want. These offenders may suffer from kleptomania, a neurotic, irresistible impulse to steal. This is almost never done for the purpose of acquiring the item taken. While these people may not necessarily be considered mentally ill, generally "kleptomaniacs" are emotionally disturbed.

The greatest number of shoplifters are "amateurs". Usually, they have little money, few scruples & an intense desire to own luxuries. Psychologists say the four most common urges and emotions underlying these crimes are: (1) Profound feelings of guilt, (2) A wish to be punished, (3) A need to prove their worth and/or (4) an impulse to retaliate for real or fancied wrongs. These shoplifters are not necessarily ill or disturbed, they simply steal because it pays.

Whether the item taken is of little value (as a candy bar or piece of bubble gum), or of greater worth (typewriter or camera) it is still shoplifting and it is still a crime. These crimes affect us all by being forced to pay higher prices.

HOW TO TELL IF YOUR CHILDREN ARE SHOPLIFTERS - No matter how young children are, they must be taught that to take anything without paying for it is a wrongful act. If a child does not realize this at an early age, it may set a pattern that could follow him into adulthood, with disturbing consequences.

The simplest way to prevent a child from stealing is to watch him at all times while you are shopping and reprimand him when the act takes place. If this fails, take him to the store manager or other authoritative personnel and say something like "My son took this. Will you please tell him what happens to people who steal".

Naturally, it is a more serious problem when teenagers and adults engage in shoplifting. A friend or family member may be extremely secretive, but if they engage in shoplifting regularly, there are usually giveaway clues as to their activities: (1) Extra unexplained income, (2) Possession of luxuries you know they cannot afford, (3) Secretive habits during certain times of the day, and/or (4) Lavish gifts on friends and acquaintances.

WHEN YOU DISCOVER A SHOPLIFTER -

If it's a stranger in the illegal act, notify store personnel. If it's a friend or family member, warn him first. If this fails, convince him to see a doctor. As a last resort, you may have to notify police, to save him from ridicule, disgrace and extreme hardship later.

VRW REPORTS

358 Concord Road

Dadeville, Al. 36853

Crime Report #6

How To Safeguard Against Rape

If you are a female, chances are 1 in 10 that you will be a victim of sexual assault. The attacker makes no distinction between age, race, appearance or any other characteristics.

Common sense is your best defense against attack. Because every rape is different, there's no one solution for thwarting an attack.

If you are attacked, evaluate the situation and look for ways to escape. Some women have avoided rape by talking their way out of it, acting crazy or fighting back. A kick in the groin isn't usually successful because men instinctively protect this area, and you may lose your balance. If you decide to respond physically, remember that your first priority is to get away. Act quickly and derisively to throw the attacker off guard while you escape.

After an attack:

A. Go to a safe place

B. Call the police.

C. Preserve evidence - don't shower or douche; blood and semen are important evidence. And don't change your clothes or disturb the scene of the crime.

D. Get medical care.

Medical attention is vital! Many hospitals provide free care for rape victims and offer pregnancy prevention and venereal disease treatment. Remember, even if you do get treatment immediately, follow-up tests for V.D. are essential.

Never be embarrassed because of the incident. Though difficult to talk about, it is important to tell doctors what sex acts took place so they will know what medical attention is needed.

Try to remember in detail your exact experience, for police records. Give as accurate and complete description of your assailant as possible. This is extremely important! Your complete co-operation with local authorities may help in preventing similar attacks on other girls and women.

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VRW REPORTS

358 CONCORD ROAD

DADEVILLE, AL. 36853

Crime Report # 7

How To Protect Yourself From Pickpockets

The "art" of picking pockets is among one of the world's oldest professions. Author Charles Dickens' Artful Dodger is probably among the best known pickpockets. However, all are not juveniles - and all are not males!

The skilled pickpocket is not the seedy character you'd expect to find lurking in a dark doorway. He (or she) appears about as average as you and I in appearance and manner. Because they make a study of how to "blend" into the crowd, pickpockets usually remain undetected and can practice their activities with little hindrance.

Pickpockets follow no regular schedule. They operate equally well during daylight hours as well as at night. And if you have been led to believe that picking pockets takes place only in crowds, forget it! The only known fact is that they generally focus on the public during times when they might be carrying more money than usual, such as during pre-holiday spending sprees, store sales, at fairs, carnivals, horse races, gambling casinos, near bank entrances, etc.

While many pickpockets work alone, there are also teams of two or three which sometimes involves a female accomplice. A team with nimble fingers is next to impossible to apprehend. The first team member removes the valuables from the unsuspecting victim's pockets. He then secretly passes them on to the next member who quickly disappears. When a female member is also employed, she generally engages the victim in conversation to distract or delay his attention.

Contrary to what most think, experienced pickpockets do not place their hands all the way into the victims pockets. Rather, the expert criminal reaches into the top of the pocket, takes up a pleat in the lining, then makes a dozen or so more tiny pleats, folding the lining with swift dexterity between his fingers. The shortening pocket lining moves the valuables upward so that they emerge at the mouth of the pocket. The entire act takes place in a second or two.

The best protection for foiling pickpockets is to remove the opportunity of becoming a victim. . .

FOR MEN:

1. The target areas are back trouser pockets, and suitcoat and sports jacket pockets, located inside and out. A pickpocket who values his freedom avoids front trouser pockets, and especially buttoned or zippered pockets.

2. If it is necessary to carry your wallet in an unbuttoned pants, coat or jacket pocket, be sure it contains only what you can afford to lose. Keep large sums of money, credit cards, ID's, etc. in your front pocket or any buttoned or zippered pocket; keys on a chain attached to your clothing.

3. Never "pat" your pocket to see if you wallet is still there. This notifies the criminal of the location of your valuables.

4. Larger size "pocket secretaries" are especially inviting to pickpockets - and relatively easy to steal.

FOR WOMEN

1. Do NOT carry your wallet in your purse. Conceal it in a coat or sweater pocket where it does not show a bulge.

2. Use a purse that is difficult or time consuming to open.

3. Never let your purse lie unattended on a store counter or in a grocery shopping cart.

If you have been victimized by a pickpocket, immediately notify police and give the best description you can.

VRW REPORTS

358 Concord Road

Dadeville, Al. 36853

Crime Report # 8

How To Protect Yourself From Armed Robbery

While a purse snatching is one of today's most common crimes facing women, strong arm robbery (hold-ups, muggings) is the most prevalent act where men are generally the victims.

By observing the basic rules of "common sense" your chances of being victimized are greatly reduced. Since most strong arm robberies occur during the hours between sunset and sunrise, the best rule to follow is simply to stay inside at night. However, to even consider being confined to a secure area after the sun goes down is not only impossible, it is also ridiculous. By observing basic precautionary measures, chances of your becoming a robbery victim are greatly reduced. Here are some general rules to follow:

1. Travel well-lighted streets. Avoid dark corners, alleys and entrances to buildings. Always try to walk on the side of the street nearest oncoming traffic.

2. If you must travel at night regularly, don't carry more than you can afford to lose. One suggestion is to carry a second wallet containing a few $1.00 bills and old credit cards, which are normally destroyed or discarded. If confronted at knife or gunpoint, give the suspect the second wallet and concentrate on a good physical description to give to the police.

3. There's safety in numbers! If possible, walk with a companion - either male or female. An armed robber is less likely to confront two or more, than a lone individual.

4. When waiting for a bus or streetcar, try to select a well lighted area. Aim for a busy stop where many people will be coming and going.

5. Don't hitchhike or accept rides from strangers.

6. Avoid taking shortcuts through deserted areas such as parks, playgrounds, vacant lots, etc.

7. Be cautious entering your car - someone may be hiding inside. Or, when leaving your car - someone may be waiting. Park in well-lighted areas.

8. Never carry weapons that can be used against you.

9 If someone ask directions, keep a polite but safe distance.

10. If you are alone and think you are being followed, head for an occupied building such as a bar, restaurant, filling station, fire station, etc. If none is available, cross the street in the middle of the block. If there is street vehicular traffic, try to stop a car for help.

IF YOU ARE CONFRONTED. . . . .

1. DO NOT RESIST! Cooperate! Give the criminal whatever he asks for - wallet, keys, jewelry, credit cards or whatever. Your life is more valuable than replaceable possessions.

2. Don't make any sudden, unexpected moves. A nervous criminal may think you are reaching for a concealed weapon.

3. If the suspect claims he has a gun, knife, razor or whatever in his pocket, never try to force his bluff.

4. Never try to be a hero and apprehend the criminal yourself.

5. Notify police as soon as possible.

VRW REPORTS

358 Concord Road

Dadeville, Al. 36853

Crime Report # 9

How To Guard Against Purse Snatchers

Purse snatching is a crime of opportunity. You can eliminate that opportunity. Every female carrying a purse is a potential target. Senior citizens are especially susceptible to these criminals since they may not be readily able to defend themselves and pursue their assailants.

WHAT YOU CAN DO -

Purse snatching is a crime that can be easily prevented when you take away the opportunity from the thief. Most purse snatchers are juveniles under the age of 18, who are waiting for the next opportunity. When you hide the "prize" you protect yourself!

Suppose you are going shopping and waiting for the bus. You are by yourself and your purse is exposed and in open view. You already made two mistakes - you're alone and your purse is vulnerable. Frankly, your personal safety might depend on NOT clinging to that purse, even though it seems a normal way to protect the contents. Grabbing and shoving that may take place can result in being injured. There are ways to protect yourself, however.

SHOP WITH A FRIEND, TRAVEL TOGETHER -

The first precaution you can take is to go shopping with a friend - man or women. You're safer when in the company of someone else. If you must be out at night alone, stay in well-lighted areas. Walk close to street lights, staying well away from dark corners, alleys and building entrances. (Read "How To Protect Yourself When Traveling" - available from the publisher for just $2.00)

HOW TO OUTSMART THE PURSE SNATCHER -

When carrying a purse, women should have only 3 or 4 one dollar bills placed inside. Credit cards, currency, driver's license, keys and jewelry should be carried in a coat or sweater pocket, or concealed on your person to reduce the opportunity of large losses. If you carry a purse, don't wrap the strap around your shoulder, neck or wrist. If your purse is grabbed, a strong strap will not yield easily and you may be injured. Some purse snatch victims have been thrown down and have received concussions and broken bones. Never carry anything more valuable than you can afford to lose. Always leave all unnecessary credit cards at home. When you shop and carry a purse, place it in your shopping bag. Never leave your purse on a store counter or in a grocery shopping cart - even for a moment.

DON'T CARRY WEAPONS THAT CAN BE USED AGAINST YOU - You should carry a police whistle and a small flashlight on your key chain where they're readily available. Make a habit to carry your key chain in a pocket - NOT in your purse. And you should never put your name and address on your house keys or car keys. This is a simple way of telling the thief who you are and where you live.

CALL THE POLICE IMMEDIATELY -

Most victims are attacked from behind. They don't get a good look at the attacker. And when a juvenile gets away with it once, he'll try it again. If attacked, call the police immediately. Try to remember all details - help your police help you!

VRW REPORTS

358 CONCORD ROAD

DADEVILLE, AL. 36853

Crime Reports # 10

How To Protect Yourself When Traveling

SAFETY ON PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION -

1 While waiting for a bus or streetcar, stand near others who are also waiting.

2. If the immediate area is deserted or in darkness, stand near an occupied building or in a lighted area until transportation arrives.

3. Once on a bus or streetcar, be aware of those around you. If someone looks or acts suspicious, notify the driver.

4. If the coach is empty or nearly empty, sit as far up front and as close to the driver as possible.

5. If someone begins to bother you, get up and notify the driver immediately.

6. Upon arriving at your stop, be aware of those who alight with you. If you feel you are being followed, go to the nearest occupied building and ask for assistance.

7. After dark, attempt to get off the bus in well-lighted areas. Use only well-lighted streets to reach your final destination.

AUTO SAFETY -

1. Make certain your car is always in good working order, with safe tires and an adequate amount of gasoline for your planned trip.

2. Always check your car before getting in - to make sure that no one is hiding inside.

3. If you have a garage, be sure you lock the door as you leave. To learn about the most suitable garage door protection, read "How To Protect Cars, Bicycles, Motorcycles" - available from the above publisher for just $2.00.

4. It is best to park in attended lots. If you must leave a key with the attendant, leave only the ignition key. In all other cases, lock your car.

5. Do not leave packages or personal items in open view in the car . . place them in the trunk.

6. At night, park only in lighted areas.

7. If you are in danger of being harmed or robbed, while in your car, start sounding your horn until assistance arrives.

8. Never pick up a hitchhiker.

9. If you have a flat tire in an area you feel might not be safe, try to keep driving until you reach a safe location.

10. If you feel you are being followed, drive to the nearest police or fire station, or open filling station.

ELEVATOR SAFETY -

1. Observe elevator interior before entering. Wait until the next elevator if you are uncertain of any occupant.

2. Females riding the elevator alone should always stand near the control panel. If accosted, press ALL buttons.

3. If a suspicious person enters the elevator, exit before the door closes.

4. Before exiting from the elevator, observe the corridor for suspicious activity.

VRW REPORTS

358 Concord Road

Dadeville, Al. 36853

Crime Report # 11

How To Protect Your Valuables From Theft

One of the most effective tools you can use to retrieve property stolen from your home is a simple electric engraving pen. With this pen you can inscribe your name or a number on the most valuable items in and around your home. Before you do this, check with local police to see which they prefer you use - your name, driver's license, social security number or whatever.

Engraving your name or number on your valuables helps deter robbery in two ways: First, you discourage the thief since marked property is much more difficult to sell. Second, if a thief does steal your property, it is much easier to catch and prosecute him when he is discovered with goods in his possession that are easily identifiable as stolen.

Billions of dollars worth of property stolen each year is never returned to the owners. Why? Because without some identifying mark or number, the police are unable to verify stolen property, or trace the owner. More than half the property recovered by the police is eventually auctioned off or destroyed because the goods have no identifying characteristics.

In some cities, local law enforcement agencies will lend you and your neighbors an engraving pen free. In these communities, you may borrow an engraving tool for several days. If this service is not available to you, you can purchase an inexpensive electric pen from your local hardware store for as little as $10 to $15. This small investment could be worth a great deal more to you at a later date.

Items already marked with a serial number - such as cars, TV's, cameras, typewriters, radios, stereos, tape decks, appliances, etc., may not have to be engraved with your name or personal number. Check with local police first. If they recommend you inscribe your identifying mark on serialized items, inscribe this information just above the manufacturer's serial number.

On unserialized property, inscribe your name or number on the upper right corner of the rear or backside of each item. Should you decide to sell or discard the item at a later date, you should invalidate your number by using the engraving pen or any sharp tool to draw a single line through your name or number from the upper left to the lower right hand corner. Do not deface your name or number in any other way. It is also advisable, when selling "marked" property, to write out a simple receipt and specifying on it that you were the previous owner and indicate the name or number used by you. This could prevent legal hassles for the new owner at a later time.

To protect smaller valuable items such as jewelry, silverware, etc., it is wise to take a photo of each item. A Simple, instant-type camera photo is sufficient.

After you have marked and/or photographed all your valuables, make a detailed list of these items and keep it in a safe place. When new items are acquired, add them to your list. As other valuables are sold or discarded, cross them off the list.

If you use credit cards, they should also be recorded on your list. Either copy your account number from each card and expiration date, or you can have photo copies made for your records.

Protect your home and possessions when you're not there. Read "How To Protect Your Home While Away" - available from publisher for $2.00

VRW REPORTS

358 CONCORD ROAD

DADEVILLE, AL. 36853

Crime Reports # 12

How To Protect Yourself On City Streets

Street crime is on the increase in most large U.S. cities. It is also becoming more prevalent in small communities. The following list of "safeguards" will help protect you - and may even save your life!

1. When leaving home, make sure that all doors and windows are locked - including the garage door.

2. Watch for loiterers and do not carry large sums of money.

3. If possible, travel with another person. This is especially true after dark.

4. When carrying a purse, women should have only 3 or 4 one dollar bills placed inside. Credit cards, currency, driver's license, keys and jewelry should be carried in a coat or sweater pocket or concealed on your person to reduce the opportunity of large losses. If you do carry a purse, don't wrap the strap around your shoulder, neck or wrist. If your purse is grabbed, a strong strap will not yield easily and you may be injured. Some purse snatch victims have been thrown off balance & received concussions, broken hips, arms or legs. Don't carry anything more valuable than you can afford to lose. Always leave all unnecessary credit cards at home. When you shop and carry a purse, put it in your shopping bag.

5. At night, travel only well-lighted and well- traveled streets.

6. Never hitchhike or accept rides from strangers.

7. Walk on the side of the street nearest to oncoming traffic. If accosted by someone in a car, run in the direction opposite the way the car is headed.

8. Beware of people who approach asking directions; keep a polite but safe distance.

9. A good suggestions for men is to carry a second wallet containing a few $1.00 bills and old expired credit cards, which are normally destroyed or discarded. If confronted at knife or gunpoint, give the suspect the second wallet and concentrate on a good physical description to help the police in making the arrest.

10. Upon returning home, particularly after dark, do not linger at the entrance of your residence. Make a quick check for mail or newspapers, and enter immediately. If you feel something is strange, don't enter but go elsewhere and call for police assistance.

11. If you feel someone is following you, go to the nearest occupied residence or building, and ask for assistance.

If you are confronted with a dangerous situation, cry out for assistance. Yelling "FIRE! FIRE!" instead of "Help!" will generally bring faster attention.

Two more important reports worth reading: "How To Protect Yourself When Traveling" - available from the publisher for $2.00 and "How To Stop Mail Order Crooks" tells how to put dishonest mail order firms out of business without expensive legal assistance.

VRW REPORTS

358 CONCORD ROAD

DADEVILLE, AL. 36853

Crime Report # 13

How To Protect Your Home From Intruders

SAFETY AT YOUR FRONT DOOR -

1. Never automatically open your front door. Make sure you know your caller's identity before admitting him.

2. If the person at your door is a stranger, ask for identification to be passed under the door. If he is unable to do this, do not admit him.

3. It is advisable to have a wide angle viewer (peep-hole) in the door so that you can check a person's identity without unlocking your door.

HOME SAFETY -

1. All doors in your home leading to the outside should have dead-bolt locks.

2. When away at night, leave a light burning.

3. Do not leave a key over a door or under a mat.

4. The single lock on a garage door is inadequate to keep intruders from prying up the opposite side and crawling in. Use a padlock. But never leave it unlocked. This is an invitation to have the padlock removed so that a key can be made, and the lock returned to its position. Later, the burglar returns when no one is home and enters at his leisure, using "his" key.

5. Mark your valuables and keep an accurate record of all your most valuable possessions.

6. When leaving on a trip:

A. Stop all deliveries.

B. Connect a light to a timer.

C. Notify the police and have a neighbor check your home periodically.

D. Have someone maintain your lawn.

7. Be a concerned neighbor. If you see a suspicious person, car or situation, contact the police.

SAFETY FOR THE APARTMENT DWELLER -

1. If you live in an apartment building with an intercom system to the front door, make sure the landlord keeps it in operating order.,/p>

2. Never admit anyone unless you are expecting him or know him.

3. Never admit anyone to the building who is there to see another tenant or to deliver something to another apartment.

4. Anyone asking admission so that he can do some work for another tenant should not be admitted, but should be referred to the building's manager.

5. If you see someone in your building who looks out of place or is acting suspiciously, contact the police.

VRW REPORTS

358 Concord Road

Dadeville, Al. 36853

Crime Reports #14

How To Avoid Traffic Accidents

Speed is a major factor in many accidents. Driving too fast for condition of the road, weather, vehicle or driver increases your chances of having an accident. Reduce speed during adverse weather conditions. Rain, ice, sleet, snow and otherwise poor road surfaces can increase your stopping distance dramatically. Add worn tires or brakes to this and the distance increases further. Poor driving skills on top of these other factors can make the situation almost impossible. Keep your vehicle in good condition. Worn tires and brakes can decrease your ability to control the vehicle under emergency stopping and turning situations. Replace windshield wipers regularly and keep the windshield washer full and in operating condition. Dirty or muddy water splashed onto your window can cause a "blackout" for several seconds while you locate and activate the washer. Be familiar with its location and operation so that you may use it quickly and without taking your eyes off the road.

Wear your seatbelt. It will hold you in place during violent maneuvers. You might do an excellent job of recognizing a hazard suddenly appearing in front of you, realize there's no time to stop, make an abrupt turn to the left, and then find yourself thrown all the way to the passenger side of the vehicle. What do you do then? You brace yourself for the accident your going to cause trying to avoid the first one! There are many other sudden happenings that can cause you to thrown around inside of the vehicle, and once that happens you're no longer in control. You become just another passenger along for the ride. Speaking of passengers; buckle them down too. Flying passengers can injure or kill you as well as themselves. Get a physicist to compute for you the effective weight of your 175 pound passenger when he hits you in a 30 MPH crash! It'll scare you!

Stay away from other vehicles! That may sound silly, but most accidents involve two or more vehicles. Try not to be near those who are looking for a place to wreck! Don't tailgate and don't allow others to tailgate you. If traffic conditions are light (you L.A. folks won't understand this) try not to drive beside other vehicles. They'll always swerve right into you when they try to dodge that dog or cat in the road! If a vehicle next to you is struck by another vehicle, he could be pushed into you. If you're not in "downtown" traffic, and can do so, spread out. (I know you L.A. people are saying "what planet is this guy from?") Intersections are the favorite meeting places for cars and drivers looking for a place to crash. Always check cross traffic before starting out on a green light. Someone is always trying to get the last part of that yellow light.

Stay away from 18-wheelers at all times. Always avoid being on the right side of one, especially near places where the truck driver might want to make a right turn. Large tractor-trailer rigs must, by the nature of their size, make wide right turns. That is, they cannot make a right turn from the right lane like smaller vehicles. This maneuver may give the appearance of an open lane available for use by an unsuspecting person not seeing the truck's turn signal. Many a car and driver has been crushed by the trailer and wheels of those large rigs. Another hazard of those big trucks is retread tires coming apart on the highway. Have you ever been beside one of those big rigs when an old retreaded tire decides to blow? It'll get your attention fast! It can cause some drivers to change lanes or slow abruptly. If you're on a motorcycle you could be seriously injured if you are close behind or beside on of these rigs when a tire blows. We've all seen those tire remnants scattered about the highway so be aware that it happens quite often.

All vehicles come from the factory with "blind spots" installed free of charge. Know where yours are and always check them before making a lane change. Remember; you can't check them with mirrors. That's why they're called blind spots. You'll have to turn around and actually look. Don't ride in the blind spots of other vehicle. You're just asking for trouble if you do. Parking lots are one of the best places to find a fender bender. They're a good place to have your head on a swivel. Vehicles seem to come out of nowhere in a mall parking lot and you'll have to be constantly looking left and right if you want to stay out of trouble.

VRW REPORTS

358 CONCORD ROAD

DADEVILLE,AL. 36853

Crime Reports # 15

How To Avoid Being Arrested

Try to avoid violating the law. Stop and think before you act. If you're in doubt about the legality of an act; ask. Ignorance of the law is no excuse, BUT USE IT ANYWAY! Try to stay away from suspicious places and circumstances. Watch the company you keep. You can easily be arrested if you're with someone who commits a crime. It all depends on the crime and the circumstances. We're not talking about your guilt or innocence, or right from wrong. We're talking about how not to get arrested in the first place, thereby avoiding fees to attorneys, bail bond agents, loss of time on your job, or even loss of your job.

DRIVING

Don't drink and drive! know what driving offenses in your state or community can get you arrested. Reckless driving or second convictions of other violations could get you arrested. Avoid drunk driving or anything else that can get your vehicle impounded. Police officers may legally "inventory" and make a list of all property in the vehicle. You can be charged with any contraband found.

WEAPONS

Know the laws of your state concerning weapons. Register weapons if it is required in your city or state. Know what the laws are concerning the carrying of weapons on your person or in your vehicle. Know what constitutes a weapon in your state. Brass knuckles, nunchakus, Kung-Fu stars, chains, clubs or anything adapted to be used as a club, and long knives may be illegal to carry. Firearms or other weapons laying about inside your vehicle, or your friend's vehicle, can get you arrested in many jurisdictions. It may not matter if it's not your weapon. If it's within your reach you may be subject to arrest. A weapons offense may be a misdemeanor in one part of town and a felony a block away! Carrying weapons where alcoholic beverages are sold or served, on school grounds, or other locations may constitute a more serious charge.

DRUGS

Keep your prescription drugs in the proper, labeled container. Do not dump all your different prescription drugs in one container. If you give a police officer a chance to notice such a package, you're asking for a very long delay in your schedule while things are checked out. Next to traffic accidents, drugs in vehicles get more passengers in trouble than just about anything. Example: It's midnight and you are riding as a passenger your friend's car. He is stopped by the police for speeding. He reaches into the center console where he keeps his license. The officer shines his flashlight on the console to see what your friend is reaching for, since this is not a normal location for a driver's license. The officer see's a baggy of what turns out to be an illegal drug next to the console. Your friend forgot it was there, and you never saw it. It's closer to you than it is to your friend. Your good friend says "that's not mine, officer". Where does that leave you? The outcome of this case is not the subject of this report. The purpose of this report is to prevent this scenario from occurring. Know your friends! Check out vehicles that you borrow.

WARRANTS

If you receive a ticket or are arrested and found guilty, pay all fines and associated costs on time. If this is not possible, ask for an extension. A warrant will be issued for your arrest if you do not take care of traffic tickets on time, or in the case of convictions, if you don't pay assessed fines. If you're arrested and use the services of a bonding company or an attorney, follow their instructions while you are waiting for your case to be disposed of. You may be required to report weekly, prohibited from leaving town, etc. during this time period. If you violate these rules, the attorney or bonding company can cancel your bond and a warrant for your re-arrest will be issued. Arrests on warrants can come at the most embarrassing times, such as at work, school, on a date, etc. And on top of all that, the bonding company or attorney isn't going to give your money back and you'll have to go through the whole ordeal again. Once you are charged with an infraction or a crime, follow through with it in the proper manner. Never ignore these things. They wont ever go away and they'll always get worse.

DRINKING

The police don't like dealing with sloppy, boisterous drunks any more than most people do. If you get yourself in this condition in a public place you're asking for trouble. If you get drunk in public, DON'T get involved in a disturbance. The drunk tank is the universal solution to disturbances involving drunks. If you're the type that gets drunk and rowdy, take a designated driver/caretaker along with you. Someone who will promise the police that they'll take you home and lock you up for the night. This doesn't always work, but it's worth a try.

RESISTING ARREST

Don't ever push, shove, or hit a police officer! The police don't feel they should be hit for doing their job any more than the store clerk, doctor, or fireman. This will always get you a ride downtown. Remember; help arrives quickly to these events. If you have a problem with an officer, pursue it through the proper channels. Police administrators don't want a problem officer around any more than you do. Don't resist arrest. Demand to know why you're being arrested if you haven't been told or don't understand. Resisting doesn't help your case whether you're innocent or guilty of the original charge. You'll only be adding another charge which means more money out of your pocket and into the bondsman's.

VRW REPORTS

358 CONCORD ROAD

DADEVILLE, Al. 36853

Crime Reports # 16

Popular Con Games And How To Recognize Them

The object of any con game is to cause you to part with your money or other thing of value. Most con games are initiated by people who approach you on the street or call on you at your home. Be suspicious of ANY plan, idea, scheme, business deal or whatever that requires you to part with your money on short notice.

THE PIGEON DROP

Cons like the "pigeon drop" are very common. In this scam the victim is approached by persons claiming to have found a large sum of money. The suspects tell the victim they would like to share the money with the victim, but ask the victim to put up some of his own money as a gesture of good faith. Packages, bags, or whatever are switched and the victim ends up with a wad of paper or the like and the suspects are no where to be found.

ROCKS IN THE BOX

In the "rocks in the box" scam, the victim is approached by a suspect who offers to sell him a new TV or VCR or similar item at a very low price. Once the victim parts with his money he finds himself stuck with a box containing bricks or other junk used to simulate the weight of the claimed contents of the box.

BANK EXAMINER

The "bank examiner" con is commonly practiced on older females. In this scam the victim is contacted, usually by phone, by a person claiming to be an officer of the bank at which she has an account. The caller claims that due to computer malfunction or other problem, the bank needs to verify certain information. During the conversation, the caller tries to obtain needed information about the victim's account balance, recent account activity, etc. The caller will also try to determine if the victim lives alone, etc. If the phoney bank officer gets the needed information he will thank the victim, and tell her he will call her back if there are any problems.

After a short time the phoney bank officer will call the victim again and tell her that the problem has been caused by a bank employee that they suspect of stealing from customer's accounts, including the victim's. The victim is asked if she would assist the bank in catching the dishonest employee. The victim, wanting to help nab the crook, often agrees. She is then given the "plan" by the phoney bank officer. He tells the victim that a "dummy" account has been set up in her name for this event.

She is to go to the bank and to the suspected dishonest employee and withdraw $3000, the amount stolen from her account. The phoney bank officer tells the victim that the dishonest employee, knowing that the withdrawal will cause the victim's account to be overdrawn, will have to steal the money from yet another account to make up the difference. The phoney bank officer tells the victim that the dishonest employee's actions will be monitored on closed-circuit TV, and this is how he/she will be caught. The victim is assured that her account is fully insured and she will suffer no loss due to the employee's dishonesty. The victim follows through with the plan and withdraws the agreed amount.

The victim then meets the phoney bank official at a pre-determined location. The phoney bank official then takes the money from the victim, telling her that it actually came from the "dummy" account and not her account, and that it is needed as evidence. The victim is given a receipt for the money and of course neither the money or the bank officer is ever seen again!

BAIL BOND SCAM

The victim is contacted by phone by a person claiming to be a friend of a relative of the victim. The victim is told that the relative has been arrested for an outstanding warrant or some other minor charge, and needs money to get out of jail. The "friend" asks the victim for the bail money. If the victim agrees, the caller will arrange for himself or another person to pick up the money.

PHONEY C.O.D. SCAM

The suspect will scout a neighborhood to find a suitable unoccupied home. He will check a city directory publication to determine the name of the homeowner. He will put the name on a phoney shipping label and attach that to a box containing rocks or similar type debris. He will then return dressed in an "express delivery" type of uniform. He will pretend to knock or ring the doorbell at the unoccupied house. Getting no answer, he will then go to a next-door or nearby neighbor and ask them to accept the package and pay the C.O.D. fee.

HOME IMPROVEMENT SCHEME

The suspects drive to the victim's house in a contractor type vehicle and dressed in workman's clothing. They tell the victim they have just finished a large roofing job (or driveway resurfacing, etc.) and have some materials left over. They tell the victim they will use the left-over material to repair the victim's roof, driveway, or whatever, at a large discount. If the victim agrees, the suspects will do a quick, shoddy, job with cheap material. These con artists usually travel from town to town perpetrating this scam, staying away from their home town where they would surely be caught in a short time.

VRW REPORTS

358 CONCORD ROAD

DADEVILLE,AL. 36853

Crime Report # 17

Federal Law Enforcement Job Guide

DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE

FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION

Personnel Office

Department of Justice

633 Indiana Avenue, NW

Washington DC 20531

(202) 724-7725

The FBI is the law enforcement arm of the Department of Justice. It investigates federal crimes such as bank robbery, organized crime, civil rights violations, kidnapping, terrorism, drug violations, and hundreds of other categories. The FBI has 59 field offices around the country. The FBI has the following career paths available to Special Agents:

* ACCOUNTING - Requires a college degree with a major in accounting. All applicants to this career path must be qualified to take the CPA examination.

* ENGINEERING/SCIENCE - Requires at least a BS degree in mechanical, computer science, or electrical engineering. Other science related four-year degrees may also be accepted.

* LANGUAGE - Requires a four-year college degree. The applicant must be fluent in at least one foreign language as determined by the FBI.

* LAW - Requires a law degree from an accredited law school.

* DIVERSIFIED - Requires a Bachelor's or advanced degree in any field of study. The applicant must have two to three years of work experience, depending on the degree held.

Special Agents enter the service at the GS-10 level. Supervisory positions are available up to and including the GS-18 level.

The FBI also has several non-agent positions available in the following fields:

Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Cryptology, Languages, Photography and Physics. Entry to the positions is at the GS5-7 level. These positions require four-year degrees.

The agency also has various clerical positions available.

Applicants for the position of Special Agent must be at least 23 years of age but must not have reached their 35th birthday. Applicants must be a citizen of the United States and must be in excellent physical condition.

DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE IMMIGRATION AND NATURALIZATION SERVICE

BORDER PATROL AGENT

Border Patrol Agents are responsible for enforcing the immigration laws of the United States. Agents patrol to check for illegal border crossings, operate vehicle check points, inspect trains, ships, aircraft, etc. for immigration violations, and perform other duties. Entry level openings usually require duty along the border of the United States and Mexico in Arizona, Texas, California and New Mexico.

GENERAL EXPERIENCE (GS/5 LEVEL)

Applicants must have one year of volunteer or paid experience comparable in difficulty to the GS/4 level. This experience must show your ability to learn law enforcement methods, etc. One year of college study leading to a bachelor's degree may be substituted for three months of general experience; two years for six months; three years for nine months; and four years for the entire year of general experience.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE (GS/7 LEVEL)

Applicants must have one year of law enforcement experience equivalent to the GS/5 level. An advanced degree in law or a law enforcement related field can be substituted for the whole year of specialized experience.

The maximum entry age for Border Patrol Agents is 37. Applicants may not have passed their 37th birthday at time hired. This age limit may be extended if the applicant has previous federal civilian law enforcement experience.

Applicants must know or be able to learn Spanish.

Applicants must pass a written test and a test to determine the applicant's ability to learn Spanish. A Spanish oral test is given to those applicants who speak Spanish. Applicants must also submit to a pre-employment physical and interview.

A thorough background investigation will be conducted on all applicants.

New agents ar appointed to the GS/5 or GS/7 level. Promotions to the GS/9 level are possible. Promotions to higher grades are through "servicewide" competition.

Prospective applicants can receive an OPM Form 5000-AB Test Scheduling Card from any Federal Job Information Center listed under "U.S. Government" in the telephone directory. Applicants may also call the "College Hotline" at 1-900-990-9200. There is a per minute charge for "900" number calls.

U.S. MARSHALS SERVICE

Lincoln Place

600 Army-Navy Drive

Arlington, VA 22202

(202) 307-9400

The Marshals Service is also an arm of the Department of Justice. The Service provides security in federal courts, serves federal court orders, apprehends and transports federal prisoners, administers the Witness Security Program, and other duties. The beginning position is the Deputy U.S. Marshal at the GS 5/7 level. This position requires a Bachelor's degree.

DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY

Personnel Staffing Specialist

Personnel Division, Rm 1215

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms

1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW

Washington, DC 20226

(202) 566-7321

The ATF enforces all federal laws relating to alcohol, tobacco and firearms, including explosives and arson. The ATF also inspects breweries, wineries, explosives plants and other related industries. Entry is at the GS 5/7 level and requires a Bachelor's degree.

DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY

U.S. CUSTOMS SERVICE

1301 Constitution Ave., NW

Washington, DC 20229

Office of Human Resources

2120 L Street, Room 7402

Washington, DC 20229

(202) 634-5025

This agency controls the entry of merchandise into this country. It investigates fraudulent crimes and activities that defraud the U.S. Government of revenue. It investigates the illegal importing and exporting of drugs, currency, arms and the exporting of technology. Applicants to this agency are subjected to a thorough background investigation. Entry is at the GS 5/7 level and requires a Bachelor's degree.

DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY

SECRET SERVICE

Chief of Staffing

1800 G Street, NW

Washington, DC 20223

(202) 535-5800

The Secret Service is charged with protecting the President, Vice President, former presidents, visiting heads of foreign countries, and their families. The Secret Service also enforces all laws concerning counterfeiting and forgery of government checks and other related criminal activities. The Service is also responsible for White House security. Entry is at the GS 5/7 level and requires a Bachelor's degree.

VRW REPORTS

358 CONCORD ROAD

DADEVILLE, AL. 36853

Crime Report # 18

How To Get The Most Out Of Your Police Department

Laws and police procedures vary from city to city and state to state. The information given here is of a general nature and is not intended in any way to replace the procedures and recommendations of your law enforcement agency. Refer to your law enforcement agency if there is any doubt as to the procedures to be followed.

HELP THE POLICE HELP YOU

1. Keep an inventory of all valuables including descriptions and serial numbers and photographs.

2. Mark TV, VCR, computers, etc., with your driver's license number preceded or followed by your two-letter state abbreviation. (or use whatever ID number your department suggests such as social security number). A driver's license number is probably best. A police officer a thousand miles away finding your TV in the trunk of a car will have your name in a matter of minutes using the driver's license number. If you have reported the theft to your department, the description and ANY serial number will be entered into the National Crime Information Center computer. If you don't know the item is missing and have not reported it, then the driver's license number becomes more valuable. The police in any state can teletype your police department and have them contact you about any questionable property.

CALLS FOR SERVICE

1. Know the telephone number for your police department. Not just 911 but the regular number for routine business.

2. Use 911 only for emergencies involving imminent danger to life and/or property. Most agencies do not have unlimited personnel to answer 911 calls. If several people are using 911 to report their cat in the tree or their neighbor's loud music, then your real emergency will have to wait until a line comes open.

3. Don't get upset when you call to report an incident or inquire about a case and are switched to several different people. The larger the agency, the more specialized it is. Your call may be routed to the division handling your type of problem or question such as traffic, juvenile, detectives, burglary, and the list goes on. You may have to talk to several people before finding the officer actually assigned to your case, or to take your report.

4. Don't request that an officer come to your house if the report you wish to give can be handled over the phone. If there is nothing for the officer to see at your home or other location, then give the report over the phone. Many agencies have hired and trained civilian employees to give information and take simple reports over the phone.

If your car has just been stolen, give the information by phone as quickly as possible using 911. Officers on the street can be notified immediately and the information entered into the national computer. Demanding to see an officer in person will only delay this process and who's to say the officer wont pass your car on the way to your house to see what kind of car you own! It has happened!

This goes for burglary and other crimes where an officer will need to know what he's looking for. Always give all the information you can on the phone. Even though an officer must to come to your home to make a burglary report, he may be able to spot your stolen blue and purple "fratastatic wobulator" while he's enroute if you gave the dispatcher that information.

DOCUMENT ALL CALLS

5. If you have a problem important enough to call the police for, insist that a report be made, and ask for the case or report number. Refer to this number when inquiring about your case. If you want to take action against your neighbors for their loud parties or barking dogs, you'll be in a better position to do so if all your calls to the police concerning these matters are documented. This goes for other types of "problem" cases also.

6. Don't expect police to make arrests for minor offenses that are not occurring when they arrive. Police must usually observe any minor violations in order to make an arrest. Reports must be written, witnesses interviewed , evidence reviewed and warrants obtained. Felonies may be a different matter. If you point to a fleeing suspect and say "he just robbed me" or "he just broke into my house", there will probably be an arrest made if the suspect can be caught.

7. Police generally have no authority in "civil" matters such as landlord/tenant disputes, property line disputes, breaches of contract, employer/ employee disputes over pay and other matters, and similar disputes. The police will respond to prevent violence if necessary, and will inform involved parties of their need to consult attorneys, small claims court, etc.

INFORMATION USUALLY RELEASED TO THE PUBLIC

1. Details of a crime, including the location, date and time.

2. The name of the victim.

3. The facts surrounding an arrest such as any resistance encountered, and if any weapons were involved.

4. Identifying facts about a suspect. (except name until formally charged)

5. A general description of evidence.

6. Names of investigating and/or arresting officers.

7. The nature of the charges to be filed and the court they will be filed in.

INFORMATION NOT USUALLY RELEASED TO THE PUBLIC

1. Names of witnesses.

2. Information about confessions and statements, etc.

3. Lab results.

4. Criminal history information

5. Names of juveniles.

6. Names of persons killed or injured until next-of-kin have been notified.

7. Any information that, if released, would jeopardize an investigation.

TIPS TO REMEMBER

1. Mark all valuables when practical with an engraving tool. (your police agency may have a program allowing you to borrow one) Know the license number and have the Vehicle Identification Number recorded for your vehicles.

2. Secure your property.

3. Document all calls for police service by having a report made.

4. Get good descriptions of suspects and vehicles.

5. Consult your police agency or district attorney and find out what your rights are concerning family violence and crime victim compensation.

6. When you withhold information about a crime, you're not hurting the police; only the crime victim!

VRW REPORTS

358 CONCORD ROAD

DADEVILLE, AL. 36853

Crime Report #19

Primer For Prospective Police Applicants

REQUIREMENTS **

** Will differ from agency to agency and state to state, but these appear to be the most common.

* Applicants must be at least (18-35) years of age.(Most require 21 years of age for entry, and a maximum of 35. Some hire as low as 18, and some have no maximum age limit for entry.

* Must have a high school diploma or GED.

* Must have a valid driver's license.

* Must be free from defects in color vision and hearing.

* Weight/Height proportionate.

* Must pass a physical examination.

* Must complete a background investigation.

* May be required to pass drug screen.

* Must have no felony convictions or misdemeanor convictions involving moral turpitude.

* Veterans must have a honorable discharge.

* Must not have excessive traffic violations.

* No DWI/DUID convictions.

* Must have stable employment history.

The Application and Testing Process

Provided below is a brief description of the testing process used by many agencies.

WRITTEN EXAMINATION

Usually a test of basic reading comprehension and writing skills necessary to perform police tasks.

POLYGRAPH EXAMINATION

Used to verify information provided on the initial application and personal history questionnaire.

PHYSICAL EXAMINATION

Used to eliminate applicants with medical conditions or limitations that would prevent them from safely performing police duties. Drug testing will probably be included in the exam.

BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION

A check of the information you provided on the personal history questionnaire. It will include a check of your criminal history and driving record. May also include a check of your employment history, credit history, personal/business references and educational background.

PSYCHOLOGICAL EXAMINATION

Used to evaluate your psychological and emotional health as it relates to the position you are seeking.

PHYSICAL AGILITY TEST

This test will include such events as:

Running a pre-determined distance. You might have to run in order to catch a suspect. Climbing flights of stairs. You may have to answer calls for service or pursue suspects in multi-story buildings. Dragging a dummy. You may have to drag an unconscious person to a place of safety at an accident scene or other disaster. Climbing over walls or obstacles. You may have to climb over fences or walls to check buildings or pursue suspects. Negotiating an obstacle course. You may have to avoid different types of obstacles quickly while running, such as if you are pursuing a suspect through a crowd of people. Broad jump. You may have to jump across a ditch. Walking a beam. You may have to walk on a log, etc. to get across a creek or ditch. Weight lifting. You may have to lift heavy objects or push people or objects off of you. (usually demonstrated with the bench press and leg press and other exercises) Most of these events are timed.

ASSESSMENT CENTER

More departments are utilizing this form of "hands on" type of test. Assessment centers subject the applicant to a battery of job related reasoning and decision-making exercises. This procedure may also include group discussion exercises with other applicants and an oral interview. The applicant usually participates in most of these events before a panel of "assessors".

ORAL INTERVIEW

Finally, there is usually an oral interview conducted as part of the assessment center, or before the department head, or both. You are certain to be asked questions such as: "Why do you want to be a police officer? or "Why do you feel you are more qualified than the other applicants to be a police officer?" or "Describe your strengths and your weaknesses." You may also be asked to give the interviewer(s) a short history of your background, etc. You could be asked to give your opinions on current events in the field of law enforcement.

VRW REPORTS

358 CONCORD ROAD

DADEVILLE,AL. 36853

Crime Report # 20

Living With Police Radar

Police use hand-held or vehicle mounted radar units to monitor the speed of vehicles for the purpose of traffic law enforcement. The units are "low power" and have a range of only about one-half mile. The range may be more or less depending upon terrain, weather, and the size of the target vehicle.

Officers must usually be trained and certified to operate a radar unit and to testify in court concerning readings obtained with it.

Traffic radar may be operated in the stationary mode or the moving mode. Radar units are designed either for stationary use only, or may have a switch to select stationary or moving operation. In the stationary mode the officer parks the police vehicle at an advantageous location and directs the radar antenna in the direction of the target vehicle. The target vehicle may be either moving toward the radar unit or away from it. If the target is large enough or close enough to reflect the radar signal back to the radar unit, the target's speed will be recorded.

In the moving mode, the officer's vehicle must be in motion and can monitor the speed of targets approaching from the opposite direction. The radar unit measures the speed of the officer's vehicle and the speed of the oncoming target vehicle. The two speeds are added to each other by the radar's computer. Then the police vehicle speed is subtracted from the total of the two thus giving the target speed. The readout is obtained in a fraction of a second.

The radar unit must be calibrated at the beginning of each shift. Some jurisdictions may require that the unit be calibrated before and after each radar traffic stop is made. The unit may be calibrated manually and electronically by the officer. Manual calibration is done by striking a small tuning fork "cut" for a certain speed and holding the fork in front of the radar antenna. If properly calibrated, the radar will indicate the same speed as stamped on that particular tuning fork. The unit is also checked by pressing a "calibrate" button on the radar and observing the correct electronic responses indicating that the unit is functioning properly.

Traffic radar is prone to a few errors if not operated by properly trained personnel. Radar units operated inside the vehicle may read the speed of the spinning ac/heater fan. This error is obvious because of the constant "speed" readout in the absence of targets. The officer may re-orient the antenna or turn off the fan while operating the radar. The radar may read the speed of an unintended target due to the radar signal being reflected off of large objects. Or the intended target may be a small import car or motorcycle, and the speed actually obtained is the "18-wheeler" further down the road. ( A larger portion of the signal is returned from the "18-wheeler" even though it is farther away.) These and other errors are easily avoided by the trained operator who will choose a location favorable to radar operation and will reject questionable readings when interfering targets or objects are present.

RADAR DETECTORS Good radar detectors will detect a signal at a range greater than than that at which the radar operator can get a reading. The detector may be able to receive the radar signal a mile or more away, and this range is too great for the radar signal to be reflected back to the radar unit for a reading. Don't relax yet! Radar operators frequently leave the unit in the "standby" mode when no traffic is present. When the officers sees a vehicle which appears to be speeding, he can take the unit off "standby" thus allowing it to transmit and "lock" on to the target vehicle. If you're that first vehicle, your radar detector will "beep", "flash" or whatever at the same time you're being clocked. This will, however, let the "cat out of the bag" and alert detector- equipped cars further down the road. Some operators don't care about detector equipped cars and will leave the unit on continuously, knowing that there are plenty of non detector-equipped speeding targets to be had.

Police Traffic Laser

Most new, high tech, items used by police agencies are never seen or even heard of by the general public. This will not be the case with the new traffic laser guns which began appearing several years ago. These new handheld speed measuring devices utilize a narrow beam of light, transmitted in pulses, that strike the target vehicle and then return to the handheld unit where the speed is calculated.

The laser beam reportedly has a width of only three feet at a range of 1000 feet. This makes it easy to pick a single vehicle out of a pack and obtain not only a speed readout but the exact distance to the target.

Radar detectors, which detect radio waves, are useless against the new laser guns.

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Crime Report # 21

Guide To Police Scanning

APCO 10-CODES 10-1 Signal Weak 10-21 Call(_____) by Phone 10-2 Signal Good 10-22 Disregard 10-3 Stop Transmitting 10-23 Arrived at Scene 10-4 Affirmative (OK) 10-24 Assignment Completed 10-5 Relay (TO) 10-25 Report to (Meet) 10-6 Busy 10-26 Estimated Time of Arrival 10-7 Out of Service 10-27 License/Permit Information 10-8 In Service 10-28 Ownership Information 10-9 Say Again (Repeat) 10-29 Records Check 10-10 Negative 10-30 Danger/Caution 10-11 ______On Duty 10-31 Pick Up 10-12 Stand By (Stop) 10-32 ___Units Needed (Specify) 10-13 Existing Conditions 10-33 Help Me Quick (Emergency) 10-14 Message/Information 10-34 Time 10-15 Message Delivered 10-35 Reserved 10-16 Reply To Message 10-36 Reserved 10-17 Enroute 10-37 Reserved 10-18 Urgent (Quickly) 10-38 Reserved 10-19 (In) Contact 10-39 Reserved 10-20 Location

Agencies may designate and use 10-40 and above to suit their own needs.

DUTIES OF LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS

A State Trooper, Deputy Sheriff, or Police Officer may be required to perform many duties including directing traffic, assisting stranded motorists, stopping violators for routine and non-routine violations, responding to alarms, chasing suspects on foot, investigating traffic accidents, investigating industrial and home accidents, making felony and misdemeanor arrests, responding to vicious animal calls and complaints, checking buildings for break-ins, interviewing suspects and victims, testifying in court, executing search and arrest warrants, and more. Most State Police agencies spend more time investigating traffic accidents and enforcing traffic laws, while police departments spend more time investigating non-traffic related criminal activity and other calls for assistance. Police departments do investigate their share of traffic accidents, however. They are usually responsible for accidents occurring within their jurisdiction. State police agencies may take on more traditional police duties also, depending upon their agency, location, etc.

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Crime Report #22

How To Avoid Traffic Tickets

Make every effort to know and comply with basic traffic laws. Get a copy of the driver's license manual from your state licensing authority and review its contents.

Don't attract attention to your vehicle by having loud exhaust, windows tinted too dark, etc. Anything that causes a police officer to look at your vehicle will make it more likely he will notice expired tags or inspection sticker, or other deficiency.

If your state has a mandatory seatbelt law; wear your seatbelt. If you forget to put it on, don't wait until you see a police officer to remember to put it on. This will only cause the officer to notice you when he might not have otherwise. The fact that you just put it on may not be enough to avoid a citation. If he spots you without it on or sees you putting it on, you can be cited. You might only get a warning for having put it on, but this is a gamble. If the officer is working a special seatbelt detail you can count on a ticket. DON'T CALL ATTENTION TO YOURSELF!

Keep your vehicle in good condition, and all equipment such as brakes, lights, etc. in working order. Burned out headlights or tail lights just can't be missed at night. emember; once the officer has you stopped he can find other things to talk to you about like the driver's license you left at home, or the insurance card you can't find, etc.

Make a complete stop at stop signs. Your state may require you to stop at a line or at a point, before entering the intersection, where you can clearly see traffic. Either way, you must stop. Make sure the intersection is clear before starting out. Accidents at intersections with stop signs are "bought and paid for" by the driver having the stop sign. This is true even if you stop.

Be prepared to stop at yield signs if necessary. Unless you can clearly see traffic, and know no vehicles are coming, treat the yield sign like a stop sign.

Do not drive faster than the flow of traffic unless that flow is below the speed limit. Passing other vehicles always draws attention. It may appear momentarily that you are speeding, even if you aren't. The police officer may quickly realize that you're not speeding just about the same time he notices you're not wearing your seatbelt, your inspection sticker has expired, etc., etc., etc. By now you should be getting the idea: DON'T CALL ATTENTION TO YOURSELF!

If you are stopped for a traffic violation, try to prevent or at least minimize the damage. An officer may be assigned to a certain location to watch for a certain violation due to numerous accidents at that location. If you commit the violation in question at that location your chances of getting out of a ticket are slim. A short argument of the facts is okay, but don't get carried away. This is especially true if have other deficiencies you don't want noticed. Consider this: if you've committed a violation, the officer is supposed to write you a ticket. Depending on the circumstances, however, you may get a verbal or written warning. If you jump out of the car with verbal abuse, you will always get a ticket.

Don't rely too much on your radar detector. If you're the only car on the road for a long stretch, or you're the first car in a convoy of vehicles, you're going to be the target vehicle for the radar unit over the next hill. The officer is not going to let the "cat" out of the bag and leave the radar on continuously for you to "detect". He'll have it in the "stand-by" mode. It's warmed up, calibrated, and ready to go, but it's not emitting a signal. He won't activate it till you come over the hill. Your radar detector will beep at the same time the radar automatically locks your speed on the digital display. Anyone within a mile or so behind you with a detector will be warned, but not you! Sometimes officers will leave the unit on and transmitting, knowing that there are plenty of non-detector equipped speeders to be caught, but don't count on this.

GENERAL TIPS

1. Don't get noticed!

2. Watch your speed!

3. Make complete stops at stop signs.

4. Keep lights in good repair.

5. Carry all required documents: Driver's license, title, registration, insurance.

6. Don't have loud mufflers.

7. Don't have windows tinted too dark.

8. Don't carry oversized loads.

9. Don't overload vehicle with passengers, especially the front seat.

10. Don't throw things from the vehicle.

11. Don't give the officer a hard time for doing his job.

12. If you think you been "locked-on" by radar, slow down. It may not help, but it won't hurt either.

13. Police officers can spot expired inspection stickers, license plates, and other deficiencies from a great distance!

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Crime Report # 23

What To Do When You're A Crime Victim

911 SYSTEM

The 911 telephone system is standard nationwide to enable callers to reach emergency services by phone with a minimum of difficulty. If you have an emergency involving the safety of life or property, you are encouraged to make use of the system. In most areas, you may dial 911 from a pay phone without the need for coins.

If your area has enhanced 911 with automatic number identification and automatic location identification, your name, address and telephone number will be displayed on a screen at the 911 operator's position when the connection is made. Help can be dispatched to your location even if you don't get a chance to say a word!

BURGLARY If you arrive at your home or business and feel that it has been burglarized, DO NOT ENTER, but go to another location and call the police. Let the police search the property to make sure that no suspect is still present. Upon entering your home or business, do not touch things unnecessarily as you may disturb or destroy fingerprint and other evidence. Inform the police of anything that has been moved from its original position so that it can be checked for prints. Notify the police if you find anything that is not yours that may have been left behind by the burglar such as tools, clothing, etc. (Driver's licenses and other identification have been left behind by burglars before!)

Be prepared to provide the police with serial numbers and a complete description of all missing property. Tell the police if you have engraved any of the items with your driver's license or other personalized number.

ROBBERY

You've heard it before and now here it is again: Never resist if you are the victim of a robbery. Do exactly as you are told to do in order to minimize your chances of being injured and to speed the departure of your assailant before he gets other ideas. The assailant, in most cases, doesn't want to hang around much longer than you want him to.

Your money and other valuables can hopefully be replaced. If they can't be replaced don't let that thought cause you to hesitate. You certainly cannot be replaced. Try to obtain a good description of the suspect(s) and the direction and mode (on foot, vehicle) of escape.

It's always a good idea to have a second billfold with a few dollars and a few important looking cards in it to give to an attacker should the need arise. Keep your real cash and cards in an interior pocket not easily accessible by the robber. Do not resist any attempt the attacker may make to search your pockets, however.

CON GAMES

The object of any con game is to cause you to part with your money or other thing of value. Most con games are initiated by people who approach you on the street or call on you at your home. Be suspicious of ANY plan, idea, scheme, business deal or whatever that requires you to part with your money on short notice.

If you feel you have been the victim of a con game or an illegal business practice, notify the police. Do not be embarrassed or hesitant to tell the authorities for fear of ridicule. The sooner you notify the police the greater your chances of recovering your property. You may not be the only victim of whatever group is operating, and your statements and those of other victims may help in apprehending the suspects.

HIT AND RUN ACCIDENT

If you are involved in a traffic accident and the other driver leaves the scene, immediately try to see and remember or record the license plate number and description of the vehicle and the driver. You may only have a few seconds to do this. Also try to notice where the damage is located on his vehicle. If you can SAFELY do so, and your vehicle is not disabled, and no one can do it for you, follow the suspect for a short distance to get the license plate number if you were not able to get it at the scene. The suspect will probably be exceeding the speed limit so do not get involved in anything resembling a pursuit. Don't compound the problem by committing traffic violations and causing another accident for which you may be held responsible. If you cannot get the information in a short distance, return to the scene and notify the police. If other motorists are nearby, try to find a volunteer to follow the suspect to get the license number.

Ask witnesses to remain or at least to leave their name and address and a written description of the suspect vehicle and driver.

Be suspicious of drivers who do stop following the accident but ask you or offer you money not to call the police. This should alert you to immediately start recording license plate and other information. These drivers may decide to leave quickly.

Contact a crime prevention specialist at your local law enforcement agency. They will provide you with the latest information on crime prevention. Ask about an on-site crime prevention survey of your home or business. Also ask if your agency has a program to loan out engraving tools. If so, borrow one and mark your valuables with your driver's license number or whatever number your agency recommends.

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How To Burglar-Proof Your Windows

FREE REPORT #1

Many burglars enter homes by simply breaking glass windows. A good deterrent is to have better quality glass installed at vulnerable points around the perimeter of your residence. Most burglars avoid attempting to break the following types of glass due to the fear of attracting attention:

LAMINATED GLASS is made by a vinyl or plastic interlayer sandwiched between two layers of glass. This type of glass adds additional strength to your windows. To gain entry, a burglar would have to strike the glass repeatedly in the same spot in order to make a small opening. Most burglars are reluctant to create this type of noise for fear of being detected.

TEMPERED GLASS is made by placing a piece of regular glass in an oven, bringing it almost to the melting point, and then chilling it rapidly. This causes a skin to form around the glass. Fully tempered glass is four to five times stronger than regular glass.

WIRED GLASS: adds the benefit of a visible deterrent. Extra effort will be needed to break the glass and then cut through the wire located within the glass, in order to gain entry.

PLASTICS: Plastic material is divided into two types : acrylic or polycarbonate. The acrylics are more than ten times stronger than glass of the same thickness and are commonly called plexiglass. Polycarbonate sheets are superior to acrylics and are advertised as 250 times more impact resistant than safety glass, and 20 more times than other transparent plastic.

With SLIDING WINDOWS the primary objective is to keep the window from sliding or being lifted up and out of the track. There are many manufactured products available for securing windows. Here are some of the suggestions:

PINNED WINDOW ANTI-SLIDE BLOCK SLIDEBOLT: It is not recommended that you lock a window in a ventilated position. This is an invitation to a prying action which can result in entry. Key locking devices offer no real security, and they can be a fire exit hazard.

CASEMENT WINDOWS are the simplest to secure. Make sure the latch works properly and that the "operator" has no excess play. If so, replace the worn hardware.

DOUBLE HUNG WINDOW latches may be jimmied open. If a window is not used, screw it shut (except bedrooms). For windows in use, drill a sloping hole into the top of the bottom window, through and into the bottom of the top window, and insert an easily removable pin or nail.

LOUVRE WINDOWS are bad security risks. Remove and replace with solid glass or other type of ventilating window. Or protect with a grate or grille (except bedrooms).

WARNING: One window in every bedroom on the ground and second floor must be left available as a fire exit, particularly for children and guests in your home. At night, the bedroom window may often be the quickest and safest means of getting out. Because of the danger of fire, decorative grilles are not recommended on bedroom windows.

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How To Burglar-Proof Your Doors

FREE REPORT #2

The majority of devices mentioned in this report cost very little. All of them will help reduce burglary and make your house or apartment more secure.

Begin with a home "security" check. Start with the front door and work clockwise around the entire inside of your home, finishing with the back yard, fence and shrubs, gates and garage.

Shrubbery should never block the view of your front door. This allows an intruder the opportunity of privacy to gain entrance. A wide angle viewer in the door lets you know your visitor in advance. This item is recommended over a chain lock.

LOCKS, BOLTS AND HINGES -

A DEAD-LATCH is an inexpensive lock set which keeps the burglar from simply slipping your door open with a plastic credit card. This method of entry is common in many areas, but very easy to prevent.

AUXILIARY DEADBOLT: 1" deadbolt, single cylinder with hardened cylinder guard, and thumb turn.

For extra security, a single cylinder dead bolt lock, with one inch throw and case-hardened insert, is recommended for all exterior doors. If you have easily breakable glass within 40 inches of a deadbolt lock, it should be augmented with a stronger type of glass or plastic to provide adequate security.

Most police departments do not recommend deadbolt locks for residential use. You may be adding additional security at the expense of personal safety with a double cylinder dead bolt. For example, you could lock yourself in and not be able to escape in case of fire or other emergency.

THE RIM LOCK is a 1" dead bolt lock which is installed on the inside surface of the door. It is less expensive than other types of locks, but equally effective for security.

THE "JIMMY-PROOF" RIM LOCK is another lock which is installed on the inside surface of the door. But this lock has vertical dead bolts, which is an approved locking device.

CANE BOLTS: 1/2" in diameter by 12" high installed at the top & bottom of the inactive door offers minimum security. Many homes with pairs of doors, use half-barrel slide bolts on the inactive door. These are weak and totally inadequate.

FLUSH BOLTS: Installed at the top and bottom of the inactive door or a pair of doors, flush bolts offer additional security, since the intruder cannot get at these devices to tamper with them if the doors are locked.

HINGE PROTECTION:

Some exterior doors are improperly installed so that the hinges are installed from outside. To protect such a door from being lifted from its hinges by pulling the hinge pin, follow these simple steps: (1) Remove two screws, opposite each other, from both leaves of the hinge. (2) Insert screw or concrete nail into jamb leaf, protruding 1/2". (3) Drill out the opposing screw hole in the door. Do this in the top and bottom hinge of the door. When closed, the hinge pins may be removed, but the door will remain firmly in place.

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DADEVILLE, Al. 36853


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