Downtown Coeur d'Alene , Kootenai County. Courtesy of Quicksilver Photography.
CRIME PREVENTION TIPS
FRAUD is the theft of money or property through deception or false promise. Many people can become the victim of fraud. There are as many fraudulent schemes as there are people to think them up. Common victims of fraud are:
ROOF REPAIR JOBS: Most of these frauds begin by the "roof repair specialist" contacting the homeowner to tell them that their roof is bad, but for a price, repairs can be done immediately. Most often a coat of paint is applied on parts of the roof that are easily visible, or the worker asks that the homeowner front the money for the job and then disappears.
WINNING THE LOTTERY: Receiving a telephone call, e-mail or letter stating you have won a Lottery but in order to collect you need to send a money order for processing fees or taxes due.
GRANDCHILD WAS ARRESTED IN ANOTHER COUNTRY: Receiving a telephone call from who you believe at the time is your grandchild. They tell you they were arrested in a foreign country for something (illegal fishing, drugs, wrong place at the wrong time etc.) After a very brief conversation, the telephone is handed to another individual stating they are the Police, Attorney, Bail Bondsman and that a Money Order will need to be sent to them to help wit the cost and bail. After sending thousands of dollars, you learn your grandchild is at home and never left the country.
CALL BACK: Ask for a call back number. A legitimate business or charitable organization will welcome your call back to do business. Double check the name of the business and their phone number in the telephone book or internet.
BIDS: Get bids for work to be done from more than one contractor or vendor.
REFERENCES: Ask for references and call them. A legitimate contractor or vendor should be happy to provide this information.
CHECK WITH GOVERMENT AGENCIES: Many government agencies regulate or oversee certain types of work. If someone offers to spray your yard or trees, ask what chemical they will be using. Check with the local extension office to verity if that chemical is right for the application.
IF YOU THINK YOU MAY BE A VICTIM OF A FRAUD OR OTHER CRIME, REPORT IT TO YOUR LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY!
Crime Victim Information - In order to not duplicate existing services, the Kootenai County Sheriff's Office supports and refers victims and witnesses to the Victim Witness liaison person within the office of the Prosecuting Attorney, the Women's Center, or the Post Falls O.A.S.I.S. Program. The Prosecuting Attorney's Victim-Witness liaison person is in daily contact with other victim resource agencies in Kootenai County. When services are needed, the Victim-Witness Coordinator works closely with the deputy prosecutor. Victims and witnesses may seek information and assistance from the Victim-Witness Coordinator. By providing a central contact person who is aware of the full array of resources in the community, a much needed service is provided to directly affected individuals and to our community.
Internet at: CDA Women's Center.
Victims have a right to know an Offender's Custody Status or Court Event Information
To learn more and/or register for this service click on the link below.
NEIGHBORHOOD BLOCK WATCH PROGRAM
Neighborhood Watch programs are an effective way to prevent crime and reduce fear in your neighborhood. The programs help to fight the isolation crime creates and feeds upon in neighborhoods, and forges bonds among area residents.
These programs have been proven to reduce burglaries and robberies in areas, and also help to improve relations between law enforcement and the community they serve. IT WORKS. Help build pride in your community!
Who can be INVOLVED?
What does a Neighborhood Watch do?
How does a Neighborhood Watch start?
A motivated Individual…a few concerned residents…community organization can help start your Neighborhood Watch Program.
To learn more on how not to become a victim of various crimes like theft and fraud, contact Community Service Officer Gary Shults at 208-446-2121.
Valuable Property List form
To increase the chance of returning your stolen property back a downloadable KCSO Property List Form has been provided for your use to document all your personal property.