Archive for Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Identify theft on the rise in Basehor

March 13, 2013

Avoid identity theft and fraud

• Don’t disclose personal information on a web site unless the site offers a secure encrypted transaction. Over the phone, don’t give your date of birth of Social Security number to anyone unless you’re sure you know who it is.

• If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Phishing scams trick you into giving away vital information.

• Don’t hesitate to ask for a callback number, and do your research before handing over personal information.

• Don’t get careless with your personal items. Don’t carry your Social Security card with you and don’t leave credit/debit cards in your car.

Identity theft and fraud are on the rise across the country, and Basehor residents haven’t been immune to it, according to 2012 crime statistics.

“It’s one of the crimes of the future,” Police Chief Lloyd Martley said.

When reviewing the statistics each year, Martley looks for any significant increase in incidents that might be cause for concern, but overall Basehor continues to be a safe place to live.

“We’re not seeing anything that’s throwing up huge red flags,” he said.

Identity theft, fraud and forgery incidents rose from eight cases in 2011 to 17 in 2012. Most commonly, Martley said, personal information is obtained during vehicle burglaries when residents leave checkbooks, credit cards or other personal documents in their cars. Phone scams are another popular way for thieves to gain information, especially from the elderly, he said.

Battery incidents also rose sharply from seven in 2011 to 20 in 2012. The majority of those cases are domestic, Martley said.

Also remaining high on the incident list with about 20 incidents each are narcotics/paraphernalia and theft of less than $1,000.

Narcotics/ paraphernalia incidents usually involved cases in which residents had small amounts of drugs for recreational use, Martley said, and theft under $1,000 was commonly from gas drive-offs, shoplifting and theft from vehicles. Overall, vehicle burglary dropped from 19 in 2011 to nine last year.

In total, there were 139 criminal incidents in 2012, which doesn’t include traffic violations such as speeding or DUIs. Eighty-one of those incidents were cleared by arrest and/or referred to court for prosecution, and 44 remain open and inactive with no suspect. An additional 13 were filed as closed, suspect identified, victim refused to testify or charge unfounded, and one incident is open and active with a suspect identified. The overall number of incidents and outcomes is in line with 2011 statistics.

“I think Basehor is a very safe place to live,” Martley said.

With overall low crime rates and no major crimes such as murder or rape, residents should feel at ease in their community, he added, and proactive police and residents’ vigilance were to thank for keeping crime rates low.

“Citizens calling in is a huge part of keeping Basehor safe,” he said.

Comments

LR 1 year, 1 month ago

Advice on identity theft, and this is from the same guy who wouldn't let the former officer fill out an identity theft report from a resident's call for help because this same guy claimed it wasn't a "crime." Cracks me up!!! Oh, maybe he's had some training now and finally knows what a crime is!! But who cares if everybody's apathetic? LOL!!!

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SAD 1 year, 1 month ago

We had the same experience. We are older people and there are some teenage boys across the street that seem to enjoy bullying us. We have called with reports of theft and defiling our property and the officers refuse to write up a report. Now these boys are tampering with our mail and we don't have anything to prove a pattern of problems with them. Seems to me the Chief doesn't want any record of trouble in his city. It might reflect on him negatively. He won't do anything until someone gets hurt.

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armystrong 1 year, 1 month ago

LR... Funny but on a serious note it's a little unnerving.
SAD... It's unfortunate that you've become a victim twice.
Both comments are excellent!
Many years ago I was a specialist in the Army and we had a really good captain. But 2 years after I joined the company this captain who was very transparent, believed in honesty, integrity and an excellent communicator was promoted. We got a new captain who had no communication skills, very little field experience and constantly tried to sweep things under the rug so his company would looked good. The unit went downhill. We had many good soldiers leave for other companies or units, I heard that even some soldiers were hurt during Desert Storm possible because of a lack of training or leadership. Soldiers finally got involved and from what I heard he was transferred. The unit begin to grew under the command of the 3rd captain and regained its reputation. If you're above statements are true I think this analogy applies.

If you don't get involved or ask questions about people who are in charge. Who will challenge them? Worse yet who are they going to get hurt if they have total control like your chief / administrator?

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MzR 1 year, 1 month ago

"...officers refuse to write up a report..." Got their marching orders not to report a crime! And you can't tell me the current mayor and city council don't know, but let it keep going, giving raises on top of it, acting like victims if they get requests from the voters to do something.

"“There has been corruption in the city administration long enough, and I desire to no longer be a party to it,” Box said" (March 5, 2012 Sentinel) -- Basehor residents couldn't have said this any better ourselves, and before we get all the whiners on here who support that same said corruption accusing me of whatever-enters-their-brain-that's-not-true, get it straight, we don't know your favorite punching bags, we're not family, friends, or neighbors to all those people who you whine about, we just want to see a BIG CHANGE in leadership (or the lack thereof).

"...Soldiers finally got involved and from what I heard he was transferred..." Yes, thank you, the Army analogy applies 100% to Basehor. Doesn't take a rocket scientist to see that when a crime is treated as a non-crime, the criminal activity RISES while the stupid stats on paper might look like crime is down. But when crime is documented and punished each and every time, with officers following-up on it until the crime is solved and has a consequence, not waiting to get it reported either, but getting right on it immediately, then word spreads through the "criminal grapevine" by word of mouth very quickly, to move on and find an easier place to commit a crime, and the crime activity goes DOWN because criminals are afraid to get caught--how lame can they get at City Hall--get those boys into a youth detention hall and make them start earning money to pay back the theft and their damage to the property. They get away with it, they talk/brag with friends, more teenagers try it--stop fostering/enabling criminals!

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MzR 1 year, 1 month ago

"Breuer, Box win primary" article has comments disabled - computer glitch, censorship, old news that residents don't need to read the comments about any more, what? Any comments on this, Basehor Sentinel?

Remember that old saying: "Keep doing the same thing, and expecting different results, is the definition of insanity."

This also applies to Basehor, and we're sick and tired of being party to it. The above treatment by officers refusing to write a report, let alone doing something with the boys, is elderly abuse on top of all else. Disgusting.

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amontemayor 1 year, 1 month ago

Comments must pertain to the story, which was about the primary election results. The thread turned into a repetitive conversation between a couple of commenters complaining about the city and city officials. If you have legitimate concerns about mishandling of city business, I am more than happy to speak with you about it. However, speculation from anonymous sources in the comment section of a story is not in line with our terms of use. If you have any further questions, please give me a call. -Annie Montemayor, Basehor Sentinel

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LR 1 year, 1 month ago

It seems to us that our comments reflecting our concerns with the "city and city officials" are directly related to the primary election since "city and city officials" don't listen to us in person. Yes, the truth hurts, and when city hall quits seeking negative attention with criminal-like and abusive behavior, then there won't be anything to talk about, will there? But thanks for the compliment because when we're getting flack, it means we're over the target. :-)

Not sure how you'd be able to do anything with "mishandling of city business" when you work for the paper and not the city, but appreciate your offer. City hall isn't listening to you any more than they are to us.

And many of the comments are direct quotes from either the paper's articles or from resources cited within the articles themselves. Therefore, it hardly seems to be "speculation," but like I said earlier, who cares if everybody's apathetic?

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