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Welcome -

Welcome to the Leawood Police Crime Prevention Training Academy. We hope you are a frequent visitor and that you check back often to view the new training additions we add to this page. Please contact the Leawood Police Department at 913-642-5555 and ask for a crime prevention specialist if you have any questions or requests for training or security evaluations. Please remember that information provided through the Leawood Police Crime Prevention Training Academy is not meant to be all inclusive in crime prevention practices. Rather, this information is provided as a public service in the form of 'Security Tips' to provide you more options to enhance your personal and home security.

Child Safety -

"Don't talk to strangers" has been the mantra of many parents for generations. But contrary to this age-old wisdom, sometimes it's actually a good idea for kids to talk to strangers. Who else will they turn to if they're lost and need help? So, instead of making a blanket statement, it's better to teach kids when it's appropriate to talk to strangers and when it is not.

When your kids are out with you, it's fine to let them say hello and talk to new people. You are monitoring the situation and will protect them. But if your child is alone and approached by a stranger, that's a different story.

Tell your child that if a stranger ever approaches and offers a ride or treats (like candy or toys) or asks for help with a task (like helping find a lost dog), your child should step away, firmly yell "No!" and leave the area immediately. Your child should tell you or another trusted adult (like a teacher or childcare worker) what happened. The same goes if anyone - whether a stranger, family member, or friend - asks your child to keep a secret, tries to touch your child's private area, or asks your child to touch theirs.

Most kids are likely to be wary of strangers who are mean-looking or appear frightening in some way. But the truth is, most child molesters and abductors are regular-looking people, and many go out of their way to look friendly, safe, and appealing to children. So, instead of judging a person by appearance, teach kids to judge people by their actions.

Perhaps just as important, encourage kids to trust their own instincts. Teach them that if someone makes them feel uncomfortable or if they feel like something's just not right - even if they can't explain why - they need to walk away immediately.

So, what happens if your kids are alone and need to approach a stranger for help? First, they should try to find a person in uniform, like a police officer, security guard, or store employee. If there are no uniformed people, grandparents, women, and people with children may be able to help. And again, remind them about instincts: If they don't have a good feeling about a certain person, they should approach someone else.

Although it's not possible to protect kids from strangers at all times, it is possible to teach them about appropriate behaviors and what to do if somebody crosses the line. Keeping these tips in mind can help kids stay safe while they're out and about.

Contact the Leawood Police Department Crime Prevention Unit if you need additional information or resources to help with any safety topic. 913-663-9316. Click here to find some great safety resources: http://www.missingkids.com/ourwork/publications/safety


-- Rules for Safety [245.97 KB]
-- Child ID Kit [1708.48 KB]
-- Conversation Starters [105.41 KB]
-- Home Alone [340.96 KB]
-- Get Involved [411.98 KB]
-- Rules of Abduction [258.93 KB]
-- Scribble Activity Book [22613.5 KB]
-- 25 Minute Lesson [444.56 KB]
-- To and From School [600.33 KB]
-- Child Safety Movie - Large - 227,224 KB (MP4)

 

Residential Security

The Residential Security module located on the Leawood Police Crime Prevention Training Academy website allows you to conduct your own residential security survey in the privacy of your own home. This module can be completed at your own pace. It is suggested that you download the Quick Check Home Security Survey form and print it prior to viewing this module. There is also a complete handout available that does accompany the training video if you wish to print it and use it to add notes as you watch the video. The video is rather large and you may opt to just download this handout rather than watch the entire video training segment.

Lastly our complete Residential Security booklet is also available for you to download. This document will be a great reference for you as you create your residential security implementation plan. Remember that even though you may put into practice these security tips, your residence could still be burglarized.


-- Residential Survey HANDOUT [568.12 KB]
-- Quick Check Home Security [29.56 KB]
-- Residential Security Book [766.44 KB]
-- Residential Survey Movie - Large Movie File - 136,000 KB (MP4)

 

Identity Theft


What is Identity Theft?

Identity theft involves acquiring key pieces of someone's identifying information, such as name, address, date of birth, social security number, and mother's maiden name, in order to impersonate them. This information enables the identity thief to commit numerous forms of fraud which includes, but is not limited to, taking over the victim's financial accounts, opening new bank accounts, purchasing automobiles, applying for loans, credit cards, and social security benefits, renting apartments, and establishing services with utility and phone companies.

-- Identity Theft HANDOUT [809.4 KB]
-- Identity Theft Crime Prevention - Large Movie File - 95,168 KB (MP4)

 

Kansas Law
K.S.A. 21-6107

Identity theft is knowingly and with intent to defraud another for any benefit (i.e. financial) by obtaining, possessing, transferring, and/or using an identification document or identification number of another person.


PROTECT YOUR IDENTITY


  • Don't leave mail in your mailbox overnight or on weekends

  • Don't leave your purse and/or wallets in unattended vehicles

  • Deposit outgoing mail in U.S. Postal Service collection boxes

  • Tear up or shred unwanted documents that contain personal information

  • Put your trash out on the day that it is collected

  • Review your consumer credit report annually

  • Report lost or stolen credit cards to the issuer immediately

  • Destroy expired/old credit cards and drivers licenses

  • Sign your credit cards - before someone else does

  • Memorize your Social Security number and passwords

  • Don't list your Social Security number on your checks

  • Match credit card receipts against monthly bills

  • Check your financial statements for accuracy

  • Call 888-5OPT-OUT: Limit the amount of credit cards you receive in the mail

  • ALWAYS safeguard birth certificates, credit history reports, and any statements that contain personal information


IF YOU FIND YOURSELF THE VICTIM OF AN IDENTITY THEFT

Immediately report the fraud to the 3 major credit bureaus. Have them flag your file with a "fraud alert." and add a victim's statement to the report. Also ask for a free credit report from each of the 3 credit bureaus.

Make a police report. Give the police as much a information on the theft as possible: How the fraud was discovered, activity to date of fraud (in chronological order), affected accounts and losses, and any information about how the imposter got your information.

Call all of your creditors. Inform them you are a victim of Identity Theft. Have them close your accounts and find out if you will be held responsible for the charges. **Request information on all of the fraudulent accounts be sent to you for your files, and so you can copy them for the police investigation.

Review your credit reports carefully. Look for changes in old accounts and look for newly opened accounts. Check your name, address and Social Security number for any changes. Have the credit agencies remove all information in our credit report that results from the theft. Order new credit reports every three months until your situation is cleared up.

Contact the credit bureaus in writing. Repeat what you said in the telephone conversation. Send them the police report case number and an ID Theft Affidavit. Send your letters certified mail with a return receipt requested. Keep a copy of each letter for your records.

Obtain and use an ID Theft Affidavit. The form is available on the Federal Trade Commission's website: www.consumer.gov/idtheft/affidavit.htm

Write to your creditors. Write a letter to each creditor. Repeat what was said in your phone conversation with their employee. Give them the police report number and send them an ID Theft Affidavit. Send the letters by certified mail, and request a return receipt. Keep copies of your letters.

Continue to review your bills carefully and report any new fraudulent charges to the creditor

For more information on identity theft, clink on this link for a downloadable (pdf)
Identity Theft brochure


Crimes Prevention for Senior Citizens

The Leawood Police Department is offering a crime prevention program that will help inform senior citizens on how they can avoid becoming a victim of specific crimes that often target older Americans.

TOPICS THAT WILL BE ADDRESSED INCLUDE:

  • Frauds\con games, which are the greatest crime threats to seniors
  • Banking\how to protect your savings from criminals looking to gain access
  • Safety tips while walking\exercising outside the home
  • Personal safety
  • Making your home safe and secure
  • Community involvement: how to identify and report crime
  • Identity theft

 

THE FOLLOWING ARE NUMBERS THAT SENIORS CAN CALL TO ENSURE THEIR WELL BEING:

  • Johnson County Area Agency on Aging: 913-715-8861\toll free 888-214-4404
  • Medicaid Provider Fraud or Abuse (through the Kansas Attorney General's office.) 1-866-551-6328 toll free\785-368-6220
  • Domestic\Community abuse: 1-800-922-5330 toll free
  • Nursing Home, or Hospital, Home Health abuse or neglect: 1-800-842-0078
  • Leawood Police Department: 913-642-7700 (non-emergency)\911

Working with your local police department, along with social service programs and grass-roots community groups like neighborhood watch programs, can lessen the fear of crime among the elderly and help keep them safe.

For more information on scheduling of this program or to schedule a guest speaker on this topic, contact either Officer Brett Leathers or Officer Paul Day.


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