"Service with integrity"
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.
Anti Theft Dots
Law Enforcement in Yolo County is teaming up to combat property theft!
The Anti-theft Dots Program has developed an innovative technology to combat theft. Anti-Theft Dots products have special adhesives that adhere to all types of surfaces. The adhesive contains DNA micro dots embedded throughout the product that can be registered to an individual. A registry of these items has been created for law enforcement, which can be searched to help first responders identify recovered items.
This new technology is being offered by law enforcement agencies across Yolo County – Woodland PD, Davis PD, Winters PD, and the Yolo County Sheriff Office encourage residents to protect their property by applying this new technology to your valuables as a means to deter theft and a method to return recovered property to the rightful owners.
The Winters Police Department is proud to participate in the partnership with Antitheftdots.com. AntiTheft Dots Products will be available at the following locations in Winters:
- Pacific Ace Hardware 35 Main St, Winters, CA 95694
- Velo City- 41 Main St, Winters, CA 95694
- Online at: http://antitheftdots.com/Product/ProductListing.aspx
To learn more about the technology or register your DNA microdots, please visit the Anti-Theft Dots web page .
If you have questions about the Anti-Theft Dots Program Partnership, please contact the Winters Police Department at (530) 794-6725 or by emailing questions to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Do not advertise that you are away! Use caution when leaving any messages on your answering machine or voice mail. Do not post your plans, or photos of the trip, on social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.).
- Advise the Winters Police Department of your vacation and fill out a vacation watch form at the Winters Police Department front counter. You can also email the completed form to email@example.com
- Stop all deliveries. For mail-Have the US Post Office hold your mail. For newspaper-Cancel delivery or have a neighbor pick it up. Expecting a package? Have all necessary deliveries made to a neighbor.
- Have someone cut the grass and tend to front yard as needed.
- Use timers on lights and possibly a radio. Set timers to keep with your regular schedule.
- Leave shades, blinds, curtains or drapes as usual. If someone is checking your home, have them change the drapes a little each day.
- Secure all doors and windows. If you must leave a window open for ventilation, make it a 2 nd floor window. Make sure windows are pinned and remove all access to windows, i.e. ladders. Don't forget to activate the alarm system.
- Make the house looks occupied. Park a car in the driveway and have a neighbor or friend move it time to time. Do not leave notes on the door.
- Secure all valuables in safe or remove them from your home, if possible, store valuables at a secure location.
- Close and lock the garage door and storage sheds. Remove electronic garage door openers from unused vehicles.
- Make proper arrangement for the care and feeding of your pets. Make sure anyone you have watching the house has the alarm code and are familiar with the alarm system.
- Make sure a family member, friend, neighbor have a key for emergencies.
- Have a great vacation!
- 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.