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March 22, 2014

DETECTIVE’S DISPATCH

Stolen credit card? You could be held responsible!

McALESTER — Tip of the week: It is against McAlester City Ordinances to park a truck weighing over a ton and a half in any residential area. The fine for this is $199.

Protect your checks, credit cards and identity as much as you do your cash! The McAlester Police Department has recently made several arrests involving subjects that have committed burglaries in the McAlester and surrounding areas. During those arrests, detectives and officers have found personal checks, credit cards and several identifiers that belong to other people in possession of the arrestees. It is very important that you keep these items safe and as secure as possible.

In some cases, credit card companies have proven that a card holder was negligent in keeping their card safe and the card holder was held responsible for all fraudulent transactions made to the card.

While it is advisable to have more than one credit card, in case one is lost, never carry with you more than you actually need to use. The reason is because it becomes harder to keep track of which cards you have and where they are.

Always keep a photocopy of your credit cards in a safe place; if they are stolen and you do not have a statement, you will be able to get your account number.

Never keep your PIN number with your card.

Never give your account number to someone you don’t know. If you are ever asked to give your credit card details to someone you don’t know, or by someone who has initiated a discussion or a phone call or email to you, you should refuse until you can confirm this is legit.

Never leave your account details open to public viewing and never leave your credit/debit cards in your vehicle.

Try and keep all personal information, such as name, date of birth, Social Security Number and any passwords or PINS safe and secure as possible.

Also keep your checkbook in a safe place and don’t leave it in your vehicle.

Thieves have been stealing checks and credit/debit cards out of vehicles and using them all over town. In closing, if your credit/debit card or checkbook is stolen, you will first need to go to the bank and sign a fraud affidavit or forgery affidavit before the police can complete a report.

To schedule a Neighborhood Watch meeting or other safety program, contact officer Jeremy Busby at 918-423-9657 or email him at jeremy.busby@cityofmcalester.com.

If you have any information on a crime, contact the McAlester Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division at 918-421-4917 or email me at chris.morris@cityofmcalester.com. You may remain anonymous. To report any other criminal activity, contact the McAlester Police Department at 918-423-1212, or if it is an emergency, dial 911.

Have a safe week and don’t forget to buckle up!

Det. Sgt. Morris is the public information officer for McAlester Police Department. Contact him at 918-423-1212 or chris.morris@cityofmcalester.com.

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