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Keeping Children Safe

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Children are our most valuable possession. MCSO has several tips to keep your kids safe and out of dangerous situations. STRANGER DANGER Even at an early age, you can help your child remain safe by having them commit to and understand these simple rules that help them avoid danger, especially from strangers… Before going anywhere, I will get permission from my parents by telling them where I am going, who I am going with, how I am getting there, who is going with me and how I will be getting back. I will get permission from my parents...

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Boating Safety

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The State of Florida ranks third in the nation for the number of registered pleasure craft, and first for the number of boating accidents. MCSO offers these tips to help you stay safe and avoid trouble afloat… Complete a boating education course. One of the primary factors contributing to vessel accidents is operator inexperience. Get your boat checked for safety’s sake. The Vessel Safety Check (VCS) is a free public service offered by Coast Guard Auxiliary and U.S. Power Squadron volunteer organizations. Always wear a Coast...

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Domestic & Dating Violence

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DOMESTIC AND DATING VIOLENCE Florida law describes domestic violence as any physically abusive behavior committed by a household member that results in injury or death. Here are some signs of an abusive relationship that may result in domestic violence: You are afraid of your partner’s temper. You are overly concerned about what kind of mood your partner is in. Your partner prevents you from seeing your friends or family, or alienates them so that they are uncomfortable being around him. Your partner threatens to hurt or kill you, your...

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Home & Business Burglaries

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PROTECTING YOUR HOME AND BUSINESS FROM BURGLARS The more time it takes a burglar to break into your home and/or business, the greater the chance he’ll move on. Most burglaries are committed by amateurs. They can be deterred if you take basic security measures seriously… Lighting: It is important for your home and/or business to be properly lighted inside and out. Outside, there should be lighting near all doors and windows, illuminating all entry ways. Motion sensor lights are a useful deterrent, as well as leaving on a porch...

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Recognizing Gang Activity

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RECOGNIZING GANG ACTIVITY If you think your child’s school or social group is immune from gang activity, think again. Gang activity can be found in every social, academic and ethnic category. Look for these signs when trying to identifying gang relations your child may be susceptible to… The child begins hanging out with a new group of friends. There’s a marked change in the child’s habits or personality. You find evidence of or suspect drug or alcohol abuse. The child frequently shows signs of being bruised or...

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Identifying Grow Houses

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Detecting a Marijuana Grow House To grow plants indoors, 1,000-watt light bulbs are used in lieu of sunshine. The heat that is generated by the light bulbs requires multiple air conditioning units and fans to cool the house. The house may have: An excess amount of roof vents. Unusual exhaust fan noises. Unconventional amounts of steam coming from vents on the house during cold weather. High amounts of .condensation around windows. Outbuildings with air conditioners. Purchase of very expensive heat lamps for unexplained reasons. Power is...

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Identity Theft

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Protecting Yourself From Identity Theft Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in the nation. Citizens can easily become a victim of this crime without knowing it, until it is too late. Take these precautions to protect yourself against identity theft. The first step to preventing identity theft is awareness of how and when you use your personal information. By keeping close tabs on your personal information, you can reduce your chances of becoming an identity theft victim. Memorize your Social Security number and passwords....

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Internet Safety

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INTERNET SAFETY The Internet is an increasingly important place for children to learn, work and play. But it also presents challenges for parents, teens and younger children, especially considering the anonymity that masks users. You can help your child avoid online pornography and encounters with predators, hackers and others who would exploit children and their personal information by establishing rules for Internet use, and making sure the rules are enforced. General tips for parents: Learn everything you can about the Internet. Have your...

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Severe Weather Safety

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Severe weather is now occurring more frequently. Heat conditions in the summer months, along with devastating wind and rain, as well as low temperatures experienced in the winter can put citizens at risk. MCSO has tips to keep you safe throughout each season of the year, rain or shine. COLD WEATHER Extremely cold weather is rare in Central Florida, but when temperatures drop, MCSO wants you to remember these tips to stay safe while you stay warm: If you use portable heaters, be sure they have an automatic safety shut-off switch and never...

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Traveler Tips

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Traveler Tips

SAFETY TIPS FOR TRAVELERS Secure Your Home Before You Leave: Lock all windows and doors and set your home alarm. Leave one or two exterior lights on near the entry ways of your home. Ask a friend or neighbor to check your house while you are gone – If you receive the newspaper, ask them to store it for you, as the accumulation may indicate to burglars that you are out of town. Also ask someone you trust to collect your mail so important documents are not left vulnerable in your mailbox. Leave contact information and the information...

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