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Posted 7/8/2010   Updated 7/8/2010 Email story   Print story


31st Security Forces Squadron

7/8/2010 - Aviano Air Base, Italy -- On June 26, an active-duty servicemember entered the police services desk and reported that personal property had been stolen from their residence on two separate occasions. On June 23, the individual noticed a toolbox was missing from their unsecured garage in Sacile, Italy. Upon discovery, the member locked their garage. However, this security measure did not prevent a second incident from occurring on June 26, when a bike was discovered missing. The items together were valued at $761.11 with proof of value from receipt. Prevent yourself from becoming a victim of theft by visually inspecting and testing locks on garage or storage shed. If discrepancies are found, replace them immediately. As many garages and storage sheds have inadequate locks, installing padlocks or deadbolts will offer additional security.

On July 1 an active-duty servicemember entered the emergency communications center to report stolen purse out of a locker while at the Dragon Fitness Center. The member stated that the purse was placed inside a black gym bag, which also contained uniform. At 7 a.m. the items were placed in the locker, and the locker was secured. An hour later, the member returned home and discovered the purse missing out of the bag. Public locker rooms are a prime area for theft. Be sure to always secure property in a locker with a combination lock. Small locks, such as luggage locks do not require a lot of force to open. As a result, only bring essential items into the gym. Your valuables are better off secured in the trunk of your vehicle and out of sight.

On July 2, an active-duty servicemember entered the PSD to report fraudulent charges on a debit card. On June 30, the member noticed three unauthorized transactions with the bank account. Due to the charges being very small in amount, the individual was not concerned. Unfortunately, on July 2, three additional and more substantial charges were made. The charges were for the following amounts: $1.13, $.01, $.01, $268.13, $245.53, and $603.32. All six charges totaled $1,118.13. After the member notified the bank, the card was canceled. The individual had positive control over the card at the time the charges were made. This is a typical example of credit card fraud. To prevent from becoming a victim, immediately report any suspicious transactions to the bank no matter what the amount is. Also, keeping receipts and checking statements often will facilitate early detection of credit card fraud.

Crime Prevention Tip of The Week:
The "Critical Days of Summer" are here. With that said, be conscientious that increased opportunities for summer fun can lead to the potential for more accidents and incidents. In the past two years, the total number of reports to security forces spiked during the summer months. This is due to the fact that as tourism rates begin to rise, so does criminal activity and hazardous behavior. Constantly evaluate actions and ask yourself if daily activities make you prone to become a victim. For example, do you always lock your car and ensure valuables are out of sight? When traveling, do you secure all entrances of your home and have a trusted person check on it? Do you try to blend in when you travel? Do you only bring what you need? If you answered "yes" to these questions, your summer is likely to be full of fun and free of worry.

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