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Presentation by Cristina Thomas, Public Health Education Manager for North Texas Poison Center.
Some people might just break into your car and help themselves! Stop 'em cold! The Coppell Police Department wants you to participate in OPERATION SECURE CAR! Help us help you reduce car burglaries and vehicle thefts by following these simple rules:
The City of Coppell has an established city ordinance for curfew hours for minors. A minor is a person between ten years of age and sixteen years of age. The hours of curfew are Sunday thru Thursday from 11 pm until 6 am. The hours of curfew for Friday and Saturday are midnight to 6 am. The curfew hours established remain in effect for the entire year and do not change during summer break. There are three ways to commit an offense:
(1) If a minor remains in a public place or on the premises of an establishment within the city during curfew hours.
(2) A parent or guardian of a minor knowingly permits, or by insufficient control allows, the minor to remain in a public place or on the premises of an establishment within curfew hours.
(3) The owner, operator, or any employee of an establishment knowingly allows a minor to remain upon the premises of the establishment during curfew hours.
The fine for a curfew violation is up to $500.00 for each offense. There are several defenses to prosecution:
The Coppell Police Department does not investigate these offenses. If this has happened to you contact the Dallas County District Attorney's Office at:
DISTRICT ATTORNEY'S CHECK DIVISION133 N. RIVERFRONT BLVD., LB 19DALLAS, TEXAS 75207-4399214-653-36728 am - 4:30 pmMonday - FridayFor more information click here
If you are an Coppell resident or your information has been used fraudulently in the city of Coppell you should make a police report with us. You should refer to the Federal Trade Commission's website listed below and follow the recommended steps to help you restore your credit. If you believe someone has been arrested or issued a citation using your information then you will need to contact the law enforcement agency where the incident occurred.
You should make a police report as this is necessary in order to initiate a fraud alert with the major credit reporting bureaus. If this has happened, you will also be referred to the IRS as certain IRS forms have to be completed. Please follow the guidelines and prevention strategies at the IRS link below.
Immediately contact your bank in order to close the account and file a police report in the jurisdiction where the checks were passed. Your checks may have been stolen or someone may have created counterfeit checks using your bank account and routing numbers. Please work with your bank to provide specific information when and where your check was passed; provide witness and suspect information if known and the name and contact number for the bank investigator if one has been assigned.
Immediately contact your credit card company in order to close the account and file a police report for credit card/debit card abuse with us if the transaction occurred in Coppell. You may also make a police report with us if you are a Coppell resident and your card was used online.
You should file a complaint with the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3), a central repository for Internet related crime coordinated by the National White Collar Crime Center and the FBI. The IC3 forwards complaints to the Coppell Police Department when it appears the fraudulent activity is occurring in Coppell. Since the suspects involved in these types of crimes are often overseas and typically use fictitious names, addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses, the Coppell Police Department is sometimes limited in what it can do to investigate. Please refer to the IC3 link and the Little Black Book of Scams booklet in the helpful links section below to learn more about the different types of frauds and schemes and how to protect yourself from being victimized.
GENERAL COMPUTER CRIME PREVENTION TIPS:
While there is no way to completely protect the data stored on your computer, taking the additional steps below will help you protect yourself from victimization.