Chief's Corner

Police Chief's Corner - Newsletter
July 2018

New Summer Time 'Cookie / Cannoli Citation' Incentive Program

Effective: July 5th thru August 3, 2018

The Bunnell Police Department has teamed up with Tim, the owner of Sarafina's, to seek out all good kids in our neighborhoods. Our Officers will issue a Cookie/Cannoli Citation good for one free cookie/cannoli to all kids observed doing the right thing. The "Recipe for a Citation" is detailed on the citation:

Cookie CitationCheckmarkBe Respectful
CheckmarkBe Honest
CheckmarkBe Responsible
CheckmarkBe Greatful
CheckmarkBe Kind

This program gets the Officers out of their vehicles and encourages the following:

CheckmarkPromotes a positive one-on-one experience with a police officer.
CheckmarkThe kids see officers as friends and mentors.
CheckmarkHelp build bridges of trust, understanding and civic responsibility.
CheckmarkAnd is an investment in our community.

Our Police Department advocates, "Building community relationships through integrity, trust and communication" and the Cookie Citation initiative will help build relationships in a positive setting.

Police Chief Tom Foster

Federal Trade Commission Issues Alert on Tech Support Scams

The Federal Trade Commission has released an alert on tech support scams. Scammers use pop-up messages, websites, emails, and phone calls to entice users to pay for fraudulent tech support services to repair problems that don’t exist. Users should not pay or give control of their devices to any stranger offering to fix problems.

The link below also provides some good information on how to avoid being a victim (either at work or at home)….

Avoiding Social Engineering and Phishing Attacks

Summer Time Safety Tips

As summertime reaches its peak so does household property crime. The Bunnell Police Department and the National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) are here to provide you and your loved ones with important safety tips to make your summer safe and enjoyable.

Summer Fun

Home Safety Tips:

Chief's CornerBe aware of what’s happening in the neighborhood.
Chief's CornerLock your doors, including the garage door. Unlocked doors are open invitations to intruders.
Chief's CornerAsk a trusted family member, friend, or neighbor to keep a watchful eye on your home or have your mail held at the local post office until your return.
Chief's CornerPut lights on timers to give the impression that someone is home.
Chief's CornerDon’t post on social media that you are leaving town, and wait post photos after you return from your trip.

Vacation Tips:

Chief's CornerLock your room and remember not to give out your room number or invite strangers into your hotel room.
Chief's CornerBe friendly but be vigilant. Watch for and report any suspicious behavior.
Chief's CornerPlan your route – stay within well-traveled routes and walk in groups. There’s safety in numbers.
Chief's CornerKeep your belongings secure - Purses should be securely closed, backpacks are zipped, and wallets are kept in your front pocket. When dining in restaurants do not hang your purse or backpack on the back of your chair.

These prevention tips are simple steps to avoiding summertime crime. If you would like more information, please visit www.ncpc.org.

Have a safe summer; it is our honor to protect and to serve you.