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Welcome to the May 2018 edition of The Detail, a publication of the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office.
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Can You ID Me?

The Sheriff’s Office has launched a new page in
hopes of getting tips that can lead to the identification of suspects. Investigators often end up with photos or video of suspects in cases. Sometimes, the photos aren’t great, or we can’t say too much about the case, but we know there are people in the community who might recognize them.

On the Can You ID Me? page, we provide the photos that we have with a direct link to a tip form that gets emailed directly to the investigator who has the case. Stop by and take a look. You never know who you might recognize.

You can find the tab for the page on the home page of our website at www.arapahoesheriff.org, or visit the page directly.
With temperatures on the rise, more children will be outside enjoying the spring weather. This means more bicycles on the roads and even more reason for drivers to be cautious.

It’s up to all of us—children, parents, and drivers—to put safety first, especially where children play or ride to and from school.

According to NHTSA data, from 2004 to 2013, there were 327 school-age children who died in school-transportation-related crashes—9 of those were bicyclists. There were more school-age pedestrians killed between the hours of 7 and 8 a.m. and between 3 and 4 p.m than any other hours of the day.

Children and parents can prepare to ride safely with these tips:
  • Wear and buckle a properly fit helmet every ride.
  • Wear bright colors and/or use lights or reflective wear to be more visible to motorists.
  • Have a good grasp of local traffic safety rules including riding in the same direction as traffic and stopping at all stop signs and signals.
  • Choose safe routes to ride, including streets with lower traffic volume and speeds.
  • Ride focused and alert—never using electronics or both ear buds while riding.
Bike to Work Day is Wed. June 27. It’s one of many bicycle events in the state.
 
Motorists should drive with extra caution around children out playing and going to/from school:
  • Obey signs, signals, and crossing guards in school zones.
  • Slow down, especially with children walking/biking to school, around bus stops, in school zones and in low light or bad weather.
  • Learn and obey the school bus laws in Colorado. Drive focused and alert at all times. Avoid use of electronic devices and other distracting behaviors while driving.
  • Ensure everyone in the vehicle is buckled up properly and that children are in the back seat in the proper seat.
  • Drop off so the child does not have to cross the street, and then avoid U-turns.
  • Look for and expect to see pedestrians and bicyclists, especially before and after school.
Our School Crossing Guards are on the front lines of ensuring that our children make it to school safely. Each day, rain, snow or shine, they are there to ensure that our kids get across busy streets and intersections, sometimes encountering dangerous or otherwise hostile situations.

On Wednesday, April 25, 2018, the State recognized Crossing Guard Appreciation Day for the first time, thanks to the work of Deputy Mark Edson, a school resource officer (SRO) for the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office.  
 
Deputy Edson has been an SRO for the last six years and works in both Littleton Public Schools and Cherry Creek School District. While working a Safe Routes to School event at a Cherry Creek elementary school a year ago, Deputy Edson realized that there was no local or state recognition for the hard and sometimes dangerous work that school crossing guards engage in on a daily basis. 
 
Seeing a need to recognize these individuals for the important work they perform, and a need for them to be recognized throughout the State of Colorado, Deputy Edson petitioned the Governor’s Office for a State Proclamation. He succeeded and the Governor has proclaimed the last Wednesday in April as Crossing Guard Appreciation Day.
Motorcycle registrations continue to increase across the state. That means more people are out on two wheels. Motorcyclists should apply these tips when riding:
  • Follow traffic rules. Obey the speed limit. Be aware of local traffic laws.
  • Ride defensively. Don’t assume that a driver can see you. Stay out of drivers’ blind spots.
  • Always ride with your headlights on and signal well in advance of any change in direction.
  • Be alert and ride sober. Alcohol and drugs can seriously impair driving, but so can fatigue.
  • Make sure your motorcycle is fit for the road. Check tires, lights, fluids & under the motorcycle before hitting the road.
  • When on the bike, check the clutch and throttle, mirrors, brakes, and the horn.
  • Although it’s not required in Colorado, ACSO recommends wearing a helmet. A helmet is the best way to protect against severe head injuries.
  • Protective eye wear is required for both drivers and passengers. A windshield is not adequate eye protection.
  • No lane splitting! Colorado does not allow motorcyclists to split lanes between vehicles. Motorcycles can co-ride with another motorcycle.
Proper motorcycle training is key to understanding the rules of the road and how to apply them. There are several businesses in the Denver Metro area that offer such training, both for new riders and for continued skill development.
Imagine someone walking into a mobile phone store, claiming to be you, and walking out with two brand new iPhones with your telephone numbers. In this scenario, your phone would stop receiving calls immediately and you’ll probably be left with a huge bill, and in some cases these thieves may open other accounts in your name.

It’s called phone account hijacking.

Sounds like something in the movies, right? Unfortunately criminals are doing this every day across the country, and now we’re seeing it in Arapahoe County, too. In fact, nationally over the past three years these types of reported identity theft have more than doubled—from 1,038 cases to 2,658.

So how do criminals do this?
Most account hijackings happen without the victims having provided information to fraudsters themselves. There are a number of websites that will identify the carrier associated with any US phone number for free. Some will also identify the name of the subscriber and their city and state for free, and will sell the complete address for less than a dollar. There are also black market websites that sell dossiers that include social security numbers.

Armed with this information, criminals can not only impersonate a victim, they can get more information and more access to other accounts, including financial accounts.

What can you do?
One of the most important steps you can take is to establish a password or PIN that is required before making changes to your mobile account. Each of the carriers offers this feature to their customers in a slightly different way.

Using this extra password or PIN is a good idea and should help reduce your risk of mobile account takeovers. However, it does not offer complete protection, so make sure you remain alert for phishing attacks, protect your financial account information, and examine your mobile phone and credit card bills carefully every month for signs of fraud. If your phone stops receiving a signal and says “emergency calls only” or “no network,” even after you restart your phone, contact your mobile carrier to see whether your account has been hijacked. If it appears it has been hijacked, contact your credit card companies as well as any financial institutions where you have an account.
-Information from The Federal Trade Commission
 
ACSO will host the next Prescription Drug Take Back Day in October,
but don't worry if you can't wait until thenl. We have a place to drop of your
unused meds at our headquarters!
We are proud to announce Taylor Rapp as this year’s recipient of the County Sheriffs of Colorado (CSOC) scholarship award for Arapahoe County. This year, CSOC offered a total of 31 awards of $500 each to deserving high school and college students in Colorado to fund higher-level education expenses for the 2018-2019 academic year.

A citizens’ committee selected the winner for each county. Committees made their selections based on criteria established by CSOC, including leadership, merit, character, involvement, purpose, and need.
 
In addition to our scholarship, Taylor also won CSOC’s overall scholarship of $1,000. She was selected by CSOC from the 31 county winners.

Taylor is a senior at Littleton High School. She will be attending Colorado Mesa University in the fall and plans to major in Criminal Justice. Taylor has also served as an Explorer for the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office for the last year and a half. Congratulations Taylor!


We were already very familiar with Taylor’s hard work. She has been a member of the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office Explorer Post #25 for more than a year.
 
Our Explorer Post has had members since 1973 and is one of the longest running posts in Colorado. Many current and retired agency members started their careers with Post #25. The Explorer program is an educational program for students ages 14-20. Most have an interest in a law enforcement career, but many enjoy the camaraderie, training, and leadership experience that get from participating in the post. Explorers attend meetings each month, perform volunteer service at the Sheriff’s Office and throughout Arapahoe County, and participate in conferences with other posts.

If you know a young person who would like to know more about Explorer Post #25, please encourage them to contact Sgt. Matt Cleveland at mcleveland@arapahoegov.com. You can find out more information about the Explorer Post here.
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