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Cops Corner: 31st SFS respond to fraud, robbery

Posted 2/4/2011   Updated 2/11/2011 Email story   Print story


31st Security Forces Squadron

2/4/2011 - AVIANO AIR BASE, Italy -- Jan. 16: A military member reported fraud. The member was contacted directly by the bank's security office in regards to suspicious charges on the account and confirmed the charges were not authorized. One charge was for $1,000 at a media website, and the other for $500 at a United Kingdom-based website. The member immediately cancelled the credit card and informed the bank about additional pending charges in question.

Protect banking information by shopping online with websites that have secure checkout capabilities. Most websites identify this with a statement at the bottom of the screen when checking out. If the website doesn't provide a secure checkout, do not provide personal information and choose a different website. Also, it is important to always monitor bank accounts closely to identify fraudulent charges quickly. If questionable charges are discovered, notify the bank immediately and cancel the credit or debit cards. Be sure to report the incident to the 31st Security Forces Squadron as soon as possible.

Jan. 18: A military member reported a vehicle burglary. The member stated the vehicle was locked and parked outside the residence. The 31st Security Forces Squadron found the driver's side door lock was broken. The stolen items included a GPS and its accessories.

Jan. 22: A military member reported vehicle burglary. The member stated the vehicle was locked. The 31st SFS found the rear windows of the vehicle were broken. The stolen items included a backpack containing multiple personal documents.

In 2010, larceny was the highest reported crime for the 31st Fighter Wing, accounting for 33 percent of criminal activities. With this in mind, take additional measures to avoid becoming a victim of vehicle theft by removing valuables from plain view. If you must keep valuable inside your vehicle, secure items in a hidden location inside the vehicle, such as the trunk. Remember, theft can occur anywhere at anytime, so don't become complacent.

Jan. 22: A military member reported a robbery. The member stated the theft happened at a train station where the member was grabbed from behind and robbed. A cell phone and wallet, which contained multiple personal documents, were taken from the member's pockets.

While incidents such as this cannot always be avoided, always have a wingman when traveling. Do not become a target by being a "lone tourist." Traveling in groups of three or more is ideal. Inform someone, such as a supervisor, about your destination and return time. Also, notify the 31st Security Forces Squadron and local authorities immediately if involved in an incident.

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