"Protection Our Duty, Service Our Goal"
To better protect the City of Winters and provide the utmost in quality service, we ask that you partner with us to do the following: always be aware of your surroundings. For the safety of everyone in our community be on the lookout for anything suspicious.
If you see anything that isn’t right don’t hesitate to call Winters Police Dispatch at 530-795-4561. For in progress Emergencies please call 911.
- Please make sure to lock your vehicle after parking and keep your valuables out of plain sight. Also make sure your keys are not left in the vehicle. Thieves often look for an easy target. What could be easier than a vehicle left unlocked or your valuables left out in the open for all to see?
- If possible, don’t park in the street. Park in your driveways or garages. If your only option is the street, park in a well lit area.
- Please lock your residence doors; this includes the front, back, side, and garage doors. Again, thieves always look for an easy target. The more attention they could draw to themselves through noise, time and effort, the less likely a thief will try or be successful.
- Remember to close and secure your windows. As an added security measure, place a dowel along the track that the windows slide. This will prevent a thief from easily sliding the window open.
- As best as possible, keep your home well lit. Turn on any lighting that you can, including front and back porches as well as on the side of your home. Remember, thieves don’t want to be seen so don’t keep them in the dark.
- When using an ATM, look around. If you see anything that makes you uncomfortable or anyone who looks suspicious, do not stop. Either use an ATM at a different location or come back later. Notify the authorities.
- If someone else is using the ATM when you arrive, avoid standing right behind them. Do not enter your PIN if anyone else can see the screen. Shield your PIN from onlookers by using your body.
- Have your access card and any other documents you need ready. When your transaction is finished, be sure you have your card and your receipt, and then leave immediately. Avoid counting or displaying large amounts of cash.
- Many people can be the targets of crime and exploitation as they use online Internet services. Do not to give out identifying information such as a name, password, home address, or telephone number in a chat room, bulletin board or when instant messaging. Also, be careful about revealing such information via e-mail.
- Do not respond to e-mails when you don’t recognize the address, they could contain viruses. Make sure your computer has an anti -virus program and keep it up to date.
- There are many email and wire fraud scams designed to steal your identity. Know that no matter how official looking, your bank will never ask for identifying information or account numbers on line. Be wary of anything advising of a change in phone numbers or updated information. Always call your bank with the old number to check.
Fraud and Identity Theft Prevention
- If you are offered a deal that sounds too good to be true, it usually is. Con artists are experts in human psychology and behavior. They know how to gain your confidence with smooth talk and a self-assured manner. High-pressure sales are another ploy used by con artists.
- Telemarketing is a common method of stealing from citizens. Telephone fraud con artists spend a lot of time practicing their lines for enticing people to buy. Here are some tips that can alert you to Telemarketing scams:
- You must act now!
- You've won a "free" gift or vacation.
- Pay only postage and handling.
- You must send money or give a credit card number before you have a chance to carefully consider the offer.
- Never give out your social security number or any other personal information over the phone. Make sure you shred anything that comes through the mail with any identifying information on it
- Mail scams can include fake prizes, secret shopper programs, or review requests. These scams can also include realistic checks. The easiest way to verify a check is to hold it to the light to check for watermarks, you can also check to see that the addresses on the check are from the same area. If you need assistance to determine if a check is real, please contact the Police Department.