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Cop's Corner: Prevent theft

Posted 9/13/2011   Updated 9/16/2011 Email story   Print story

    


31st Security Forces Squadron

9/13/2011 - AVIANO AIR BASE, Italy -- Aug. 10: A military member reported a lost personal mobility bag. The bag contained uniform items, assorted toiletries and other high-value equipment.

While participating in an exercise, ensure to properly mark all belongings with personal information. A good marking would consist of name and last 4 digits of social security number. Valuables and government property are important because mission readiness is a must. Ensure belongings are safe and secure.

Aug. 11: A military member reported a lost restricted area badge. The individual declared the badge was last seen on Aug. 3, but discovered it missing on Aug. 10.

Unfortunately, it is very common for people to misplace their belongings. Military members should pay special attention to the location of their belongings because they could be used to gain unauthorized access into the base. Consider having a case specifically for the restricted area badge, such as an armband or necklace. Leave the badge at home or with on-duty gear to make it more difficult to lose. If you lose your badge, report it to the 31st Security Forces Squadron immediately.

Aug. 17: A military member reported a case of identity theft. The member ran a credit check, which revealed two fraudulent accounts. The last credit check, conducted three years ago, did not contain suspicious credit activity. The accounts in question held a delinquent balance of approximately $600.

Leaving delinquencies unresolved can affect security clearances and assignments. Many individuals do not believe being a victim of identity theft can happen to them, and therefore do not monitor their credit. Everyone is eligible to receive one free credit report from each of the major reporting agencies. Acquiring one credit report every four months will allow you to detect fraudulent accounts in a timely manner. Early detection is important for recovery from identity theft. Contact the Airman and Family Readiness Center at DSN 632-5407 for financial advice.

Crime prevention tip of the week
When planning a trip, it is important to take significant safety measures to keep yourself safe while away. Pre-arrange how you are going to travel whether it is by renting a car, taking your own vehicle or relying on public transportation. If you decide to drive, always lock your car doors and be certain all windows are completely closed. Keep all doors locked while driving and only park in well-lit areas at night. Ensure you make every effort that your valuables are secure at all times while traveling. Always travel with a wingman, a lone traveler is more of a target for crime.



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