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Do you know your Neighbors? 

The Mesa County Sheriff's Office has found the safest neighborhoods are the ones where you know and engage with your neighbors. In this digital age, the social media network, Nextdoor, allows you to do that from the convenience of your phone or home computer.

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Nextdoor is like Facebook, but all of your "friends" are your neighbors and you sign up via your address. 

Residents use Nextdoor to discuss community issues, crime and safety, ask for recommendations, advertise events, or to sell those items collecting dust you've been meaning to get rid of. It really has become the digital Neighborhood Watch.

The Mesa County Sheriff's Office is on Nextdoor as well. As a law enforcement agency we are not a part of your private neighborhood group. Instead, we use the social media network like a virtual bulletin board. Nextdoor is a tool for MCSO to effectively share information on crime prevention and safety, public events, and emergency notifications specifically happening where you live. We will not be able to "see" your conversations within your community. We will "see" what you comment on our posts or if you directly message us.

Learn more about Nextdoor and how to sign up for free here

Please note: the Mesa County Sheriff's Office currently does not facilitate the creation of Neighbhorhood Watch groups. If you would like to learn more about starting a neighborhood watch in your neighborhood click here. 

 

Scam Alert

SCAMS!

Scammers are very smart. They are masterful at tricking people out of their hard earned money. Here are some common scams reported in Mesa County and information about how to spot them before you fall victim. Click here to report a scam.

How it works  

Scammers call pretending to be an officer and say you have a warrant out for your arrest because you have done something wrong, like missed jury duty. You can make it all go away, by (you guessed it) paying them money! 

Red Flags 

  1. Law Enforcement, the IRS or any government agency will NEVER call you. If you are in trouble, we will just come and arrest you. 
  2. The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office ONLY accepts CASH or CHECK. SCAMMERS usually ask victims to go purchase a prepaid card to pay their “fine.” 

What to Do

Hang up!!! Call the law enforcement or government agency who the scammer pretended to be to verify the information. Use a phone number you looked up, not the one the scammer gave you.

How it works  

Scammers call offering to buy something you are selling and send you a check for more than the amount you are asking, usually a lot more.  They then ask you to send them the extra, after you keep some for your trouble. They come up with a logical explain. BUT…..the check won’t clear….your bank won’t find out until after you have already sent the check from your bank account. 

Red Flags 

  If it’s too good to be true….IT IS!!

What to Do

DON’T accept the check, DON’T cash it. DON’T send money from your account. Report the person to law enforcement. 

How it works  

Scammers call pretending to be an officer and says your grandchild is out of the country and is in trouble. They could be hurt, or have gotten in trouble with the law. They of course need your help to get home safely.   

Red Flags 

You can’t talk to your loved one. They make an excuse as to why they are not available. Scammers are really good at putting the pressure on so you don’t have time to see through their SCAM. 

What to Do

Call your loved one!!! If you can’t get ahold of them, call someone who knows where they are. Make sure they are truly out of the country. It sounds simple, but scammers are good at convincing you why there isn’t time to do that.

How it works  

Scammers start an online relationship with you. This can last for weeks, even months. It can even evolve to text or phone calls. The key is you never meet and they start asking for money or personal information. Usually they ask for money is for a plane ticket to come see you, or a family tragedy they need help with. 

Red Flags 

  1. You have never met, yet they ask for money. They may live out of the country. 
  2. They have you sign up for credit cards or offer to help you with bank accounts. 

What to Do

It can be hard to believe the person you are corresponding with is actually trying to scam you. However, people have lost all of their life savings to these types of SCAMs. Before you send any money or offer any personal financial information to anyone you meet online, share the details of your relationship with a trusted responsible adult. Do a background check on the person to make sure the person is who they say they are. If things aren’t adding up, it’s probably a scam. Remember if the person truly loves you, they won’t put you in a compromising position. 

How it works  

Scammers call you or sends you in the mail notification you won a prize or money!!! BUT….to get your prize you have to pay a processing fee, or taxes or something you have never heard of.  

Red Flags 

If you win a prize or lottery money, it is illegal for you to have to pay money up front to receive it. 

What to Do

Hang up or throw the mailer away. If it’s too good to be true…IT IS! 

 

Frauds

From stolen checks, credit cards, social security fraud, and all the way to identity theft, everyone should be aware of fraudulent activity and learn how to take  simple steps to recongize fruad and help safeguard yourself and your accounts from being compromised.

Prevention Tips

Never give out financial information, including your social security number, to anyone unless you initiate the contact and know the person or organization you are dealing with.

Report lost or stolen checks immediately to your bank and your local law enforcement agency

Your bank will be able to safeguard your accounts and return any fraudulent checks to the merchants who accepted them.

Always try to keep new books of checks and all cancelled checks in a safe place, away from common areas of your residence, but not in your garage or a storage shed.

Notify your bank immediately if you receive a call from someone claiming to be from a financial institution who asks for your account information. Your financial institution will never ask you to verify your account numbers with them.

Try not to use obvious or easily attainable information as your PIN number and destroy old ATM receipts as they may contain valuable account information on them.

If you decide you are not interested in a financial solicitation that you received in the mail, tear it up or shred it. This prevents someone from taking it from your garbage, filling it out, and having an account opened with your information.

If your regular bills fail to reach you, contact the company and find out why. Someone might have filled out a false change-of-address notice to divert your mail to another address.

Too often people do not carefully review the charges placed on their statements. Thieves who have compromised your account(s) may only charge small amounts to start. Always confirm that all the charges are ones that you have authorized. Credit card statements should be reconciled just like checking and saving account statements. 

It is always important to check your credit report to ensure that no accounts have been opened using your information without your knowledge. It will also enable you to see who is running credit checks on you. The three major credit bureaus are:

  • Equifax -- 800-685-1111
  • Experian -- 888-682-3742
  • TransUnion -- 800-916-8800

It is recommended that you do not have your driver's license or social security number printed on the face of your checks. This would hopefully encourage the clerk who accepts your check to ask for and look at identification before accepting the check. This step helps keep your account safer and will save you many headaches down the road.

 

If you believe you have become a victim of fraud, contact your bank or credit card company immediately, as well as the Mesa County Sheriff's Office. You can report a fraud crime through our online reporting system.   

Learn more about identity theft and fraud.

 

Prevent Break-ins

Theft from Automobile  

The biggest deterrent for car break-ins is do NOT leave your valuables inside the car. Be sure to LOCK your car every time it's unoccupied, it sounds simple, and it is. Thieves look for the easy opportunity, don’t make it effortless for them. 

  1. Park vehicle(s) in a garage if possible;
  2. If not possible:
    1. park the vehicle(s) in a well-lit area, or
    2. park in an area covered by a motion detector floodlight
  3. Lock vehicle(s) completely and roll up all windows
  4. If so equipped, Activate the Auto Alarm!
  5. Don't leave an extra set of keys in the vehicle
  6. Don't leave the vehicle title in the vehicle
  7. Don't leave a purse or wallet in the vehicle, especially in plain sight
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    Don't leave CD's, DVD's, or other types of media in the vehicle. Use a CD wallet or other type of carrier, take it inside with you or place in the trunk and lock the trunk
  9. Don't leave credit cards, cash, checks, or other forms of currency in the vehicle when rafting, hiking, skiing, at biking trail heads or boat ramps
  10. Don't leave a vehicle unattended and unlocked in the morning or anytime while warming it up or defrosting the windows
  11. Hide valuables and packages from plain sight by placing them in the trunk and locking the trunk
  12. Repair broken windows and door locks
  13. Have neighbors watch your place if you plan to be away or sign up for a vacation home check

 

How to Protect Your Home From Intruders

 

Home Safety

  • All doors leading to the outside of your home should have deadbolt locks.
  • When away at night, leave outside lights on.
  • Do not leave a key over a door or under a mat.
  • The single lock on a garage door is inadequate to keep intruders from prying up the opposite side and crawling in. Use a padlock, but never leave it unlocked. This is an invitation to have the padlock removed so that a key can be made, and the lock is returned to its position. Later, the burglar returns when no one is home and enters at his leisure, using "their" key.
  • Take pictures of all your valuables and their serial numbers. Keep an accurate record of all valuable possessions in a safe location.
  • When leaving on a trip: Stop all deliveries, connect a light to a timer, notify law enforcement and have a neighbor check your home periodically. Have someone maintain your lawn.
  • Be a concerned neighbor. If you see a suspicious person, car or situation, call 911 or contact law enforcement.

Safety at your Front Door

  • Never automatically open your front door.
  • Make sure you know the person's identity before admitting them.
  • If the person at your door is a stranger, ask for identification to be passed under the door. If they are unable to do this, do not let them in.
  • It is advisable to have a wide-angle viewer (peephole) in the door, so you can check a person's identity without unlocking your door.

Apartment Safety

  • If you live in an apartment building with an intercom system, make sure the landlord keeps the system in operating order.
  • Never admit anyone unless you are expecting them or know them.
  • Never admit anyone to the building who is there to see another tenant or to deliver something to another apartment.
  • Anyone asking admission so they can do some work for another tenant should not be admitted, but should be referred to the building manager.
  • If you see someone in your building who looks out of place or is acting suspiciously, call 911 or contact law enforcement.

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If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the Mesa County Sheriff's Office at 970-244-3500. If it’s an emergency call 911.