Phishing: What to know before you start your online holiday shopping

  As we head into the holiday season, more and more of us do at least a portion of our holiday gift shopping online. More people doing online shopping attracts more online criminals. From the beginning, we all are aware of the Nigerian (419) Scam where a wealthy foreigner who needs help moving millions of dollars from his homeland and promises a hefty percentage of this fortune as a reward for assisting him. Since then, the criminals have become more …
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Couple Awakened By Burglar in Evanston

Couple Awakened By Burglar, Hold Him Until Police Arrive The would-be Evanston home burglar was reportedly caught with a stolen check, small lamp, laptop charger, earbuds and antique coins. By Jonah Meadows (Patch Staff) – Updated Oct 25, 2017 2:57 pm ET EVANSTON, IL — A home burglar was allegedly caught in the act and detained by the residents of the home he was trying to rob in Evanston Sunday. Officers were called to a home in the 1600 block …
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Halloween Safety Tips:

Halloween is an exciting time of year for kids, and to help ensure they have a safe holiday, here are some great safety tips: ALL DRESSED UP: Plan costumes that are bright and reflective. Make sure that shoes fit well and that costumes are short enough to prevent tripping, entanglement or contact with flame. Consider adding reflective tape or striping to costumes and trick-or-treat bags for greater visibility. Because masks can limit or block eyesight, consider non-toxic makeup and decorative …
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Fraud Alert for Property Owners – Riverside, IL

  Posted on: October 23, 2017 Fraud Alert for Property Owners The Cook County Recorder of Deeds is officially asking a company operating under the name “Home Title Lock” to cease and desist from using the name of the Office of the Cook County Recorder of Deeds to sell a fraud monitoring service that the Recorder’s office offers for free. In a recent interview, a representative from the company acknowledged that CCRD already has a free program, but falsely claimed …
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4 Burglaries In 3 Days In Oak Park; 62-Inch TV, Jewelry, Bikes Stolen

Residents reported a 62-inch TV, jewelry, and other valuables stolen during four home burglaries between Thursday and Sunday. By Lisa Marie Farver (Patch Staff) – Updated Oct 23, 2017 OAK PARK, IL — Oak Park residents reported four home burglaries in the span of just three days, according to police. The burglaries took place between Thursday and Sunday, with the offender(s) stealing bikes, jewelry, and a 62-inch television. The first burglary took place in the 700 block of Wisconsin Ave. …
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Burglars Breaking Into West Side Apartments During Day

Police are searching for suspects after a string of West Town and West Loop burglaries. By Amber Fisher (Patch Staff) – Updated Oct 5, 2017 10:35 am ET Photo via Shutterstock (Patch) CHICAGO, IL — Burglars are breaking into apartments in the West Town and West Loop neighborhoods, according to police. The first series of burglaries happened in apartments on the 300 block of North Desplaines Street near West Fulton Street and the Kennedy Expressway. Police said most of the …
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The Equifax Data Breach: What to Do

                                                                                                                                                                                              (Adobe Stock Images) September 8, 2017 By: Seena Gressin Attorney, Division of Consumer & Business Education, FTC If you have a credit report, there’s a good chance that you’re one of the 143 million American consumers whose sensitive personal information was exposed in a data breach at Equifax, one of the nation’s three major credit reporting agencies. Here are the facts, according to Equifax. The breach lasted from mid-May through July. The hackers accessed people’s names, Social Security numbers, …
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Home Intruder Steals 12-Gauge Shotgun, Wedding Rings In Oak Park

A burglar crawled through an open window in the 800 block of Oak Park Avenue Monday and stole a shotgun, jewelry, and a laptop. By Lisa Marie Farver (Patch Staff) – Updated August 30, 2017 OAK PARK, IL — A burglar crawled through an open window and stole a shotgun and two wedding rings during a home invasion in Oak Park Monday. According to police, the burglary took place in the 800 block of North Oak Park Avenue sometime between …
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United Security, Garry McCarthy of GFM-Strategies and Forest Security Inform Chicagoland Car Dealerships on How to Combat Theft

March 24, 2017 at 12:59 PM When a group of thieves broke into Marino Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram car dealership in Portage Park, Ill., personnel at United Security Service’s Video Command Center were watching! Because of our highly-trained staff’s ability to communicate with local police through our state-of-the-art technology, the attempted theft was thwarted—the only loss to our client was a broken window. It’s been a tough time for car dealerships in the Chicagoland area.  According to recent reports, there …
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Girl’s Screams Scare Off Home Intruder:

MOUNT PROSPECT, IL — Police are trying to identify an alleged home invader who was caught by a security camera kicking in the door of a Mount Prospect home last week while a child was still inside. Screams from the child scared away the suspect after he tried to open the girl’s locked bedroom door, according to Mount Prospect police. The suspect seen in the video released by police Sunday, July 30, is described as a white man with white …
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