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03.12.15 Phone Scam
The Hazard Police Department has received information from Kentucky River Area Development District (KRADD) regarding a recent phone scam....
02.20.15 Recall of 2.12 Million Cars and SUVs
The new recalls cover 2.12 million Acura MDX, Dodge Viper, Jeep Grand Cherokee and Liberty, Honda Odyssey, Pontiac Vibe, Toyota Corolla, Toyota Matrix and Toyota Avalon models made in the early 2000s....
02.19.15 2014 Annual Report Now Available
You can download the annual report here as well as view the yearly statistics in graph format.
09.13.14 Counterfeit Money
Several businesses and local financial institutions have reported receiving counterfeit fifty dollar bills. The Hazard Police Department needs your help...
08.23.14 Now Hiring
The Hazard Police Department is now accepting applications for Recruit Patrolman...
08.07.14 New Trending Drugs
The Hazard Police Department warns parents of the popularity of new trending drugs....
08.02.14 Construction Equipment Thefts
In the last few months, several thefts of construction equipment have been reported in the Northern and Central sections of Hazard. The Hazard Police Department needs your help...
07.03.14 Vehicle Break-in
In the last few weeks, several motorists have reported vehicle break-ins in the Northern section of Hazard. The Hazard Police Department needs your help...
HPD is now offering alerts to all of Perry County regarding criminal activity, utility outages, storm threats, and road closures.
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"We are dedicated to upholding the highest professional standards while serving the community in which we work and live. We are committed to the enforcement of laws to protect life and property, while respecting individual rights, human dignity, and community values. We are also determined to create and maintain an active police/community partnership and assist citizens in identifying and solving problems to improve the quality of life in our neighborhoods."
NEW THIS MONTH
Every year, thousands of people lose money to telephone scams - from a few dollars to their life savings. Scammers will say anything to cheat people out of money. Some seem very friendly calling you by your first name, making small talk, and asking about your family. They may claim to work for a company you trust, or they may send mail or place ads to convince you to call them.
DON'T BE FOOLED!
The Hazard Police Department encourages you to check out the link below. The Federal Trade Commission has provided some very useful tips to aid in preventing you from becoming a victim of a phone scam.
visit ftc.gov for more information
With Summer just around the corner, so comes new and old scamming techniques. Credit/Debit Card Skimmers have been used by thieves for years and even though this is known as an old technique of stealing credit card information, this theft continues to produce victims worldwide.
What is a "Skimmer"? A Skimmer is a device that can be attached to most credit/debit card swipe slots and collects data from your cards' magnetic strip as your card passes through the magnetic strip reader. It's simple and efficient. Once a card passes through, the data collected will be stored on the skimmer until the thief retrieves the skimmer and downloads all card information collected.
What information is stored on your magnetic strip? Cardholder's name, account number, expiration date, and the CCV/CSV/Security Code (the three digits on the back of the card) are just a few of the pieces of information that can be stored on any credit/debit card.
What to look for
Pay special attention to the card reader itself. If it seems loose, discolored, or is detachable, you might not want to use your card on that particular device. You may also need to pay attention to the keypad of the device you are about to use. Some thieves install false keypads that collect your personal iidentification number (PIN). A small camera could also be used to obtain your PIN. These tips should be used anytime you are going to pay at the pump, use an ATM, or even visit a car wash.
Dual swipes is another technique that is most commonly used at restaurants and retail outlets. For instance, when you purchase a meal at a restaurant, a sales associate could take your card and swipe it twice; once for payment to the business and a second time through a skimmer. This allows the sales associate to obtain your credit card information without your knowledge. If you observe anyone using any of these scamming techniques or suspect that you are the victim of this type of crime, you are encouraged to contact the Hazard Police Department immediately.
visit aarp.org for more information
The U.S. Department of Transportation is leading the effort to stop texting and cell phone use behind the wheel. Since 2009, they have held two national distracted driving summits, banned texting and cell phone use for commercial drivers, encouraged states to adopt tough laws, and launched several campaigns to raise public awareness about the issue. The HPD encourages all motorists to obey the law: don't text and drive. It could save you and your passengers.
visit nhtsa.gov for more information
Is your business or commercial property safe against theft or vandalism? Are you sure?
Take a look at the ten best kept secrets for protecting your most valuable assets and know for sure...
tip provided by PTL Doug Ashley
content provided by wikiHow
American homes are victims of burglary about every 15 seconds, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. The typical homeowner suffers a loss of nearly $2,000 in stolen goods or property damage.
"With the national economy getting worse, burglary is again becoming a more common crime," says Charles Sczuroski, a former police officer and now senior trainer for the National Crime Prevention Council.
If you have a high deductible on your homeowners insurance policy, you'll likely have to pay out of pocket to replace your stuff. But for a small investment, you can make your home less appealing to burglars in the first place.
Bushes, shrubs and trees can offer an intruder places to hide and camouflage signs of a break-in. Trim back any overgrown vegetation so that your home's windows, porches and doors are visible to neighbors and passersby.
Use shades, drapes and other window treatments to keep potentially tempting household items out of view. Burglary is sometimes a crime of opportunity and "window-shopping" is one way criminals choose potential targets.
Be sure not to draw undue attention to your home by discarding empty boxes at the curb with your trash -- a big problem during the holidays.
Adequate nighttime illumination is critical, because a dark or poorly lit property makes it easier for a burglar to go about unseen.
tip provided by PTL Doug Ashley
content provided by bankrate.com
You can help protect your friends and family when you lead by example and remind others to buckle up. It turns out 9 out of 10 people fasten their seat belt when asked to do so. So speak up and buckle up, every time on every trip. HPD enforces seatbelt use anytime a vehicle is in motion.
visit nhtsa.gov for more information