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Sending Crime Tips

Submitting Crime Tips or Information to the Police

There are a number of ways to send crime tips into the Peabody Police department.  Tips can be sent about anything suspicious, or nuisance and criminal activity.

Online from your computer

If you have a crime tip or issue now or in the future you can use this anonymous and secure web form to send it in.  There are a number of topics to choose from. Examples: Drugs, Speeding, Schools, Neighborhood Concerns, etc..

The web form is available from our website, facebook page, and this direct link -

https://mypolicedepartment.org/peabody-police-department/tipform

iPhone or Android phone or tablet

The same exact topics are available to you quickly from your smartphone.  Just download our police app, called My Police Department aka MyPD.  Once you choose our agency you click “Submit a Tip” and choose your topic.  You can also add a photo or GPS to the tip if you wish.

Search MyPD in your app store

How our crime tips work

crime-tips-MyPD (1)We use a 3rd party to handle the tip submissions.  This lets you send things anonymously and securely.  The data is secured through standard SSL from the app and web and since we don’t directly control either of them (logs, servers, etc) we do not receive your IP address or related information.  However you can share your information with us, which is good for us if we have follow up questions or you want us to know who is sending in the information.  It is up to you what to share with us.

It does help us if you can include as much information as possible.  The form is really quick and simple to use which is easy for you but please include details that help us understand exactly what we should know.  The who, what, when, where, and why of the issue.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CYBER INSECURITY

Here are 3 steps to combat cyber attacks

 

Recently at least 70 million  Target customers had their personal information compromised by a data breach at the well known department store. Cyber attacks are real and becoming more frequent in this day and age. The average citizen must be more vigilant and protective with their personal information now more than ever.  Here are three important steps from the Peabody Patch that can be taken  towards protecting your identity and your personal data.               cyber security

 

1) Prevent: In many cases, like that of the thousands of veterans who may have had personal details published earlier this week due to an unfortunate “defect” on a website run by the Defense and Veterans Affairs departments, there’s not much that the victims could have done to prevent a security breach. However, hackers come in all sizes, so be sure to create secure passwords as your first line of defense.

2) Identify: A person can go crazy wondering if their personal information has been compromised online. Somewhat ironically, there’s a website that can help with that. Haveibeenpwned.com can check your email address and let you know if it’s been associated with any services that have been compromised. It’s a great place to start. Go here for a list of other signs suggesting you’ve been hacked.

3) Act: If you find yourself in the unenviable position of having been hacked, don’t waste any time in acting.  After being hacked himself, Wired writer Mat Honon explains what to do in the situation. Honon’s list of steps reads: “Ask Yourself Why”; “Reset Your Passwords”; “Update and Scan”; “Take Back Your Account”; “Check for Backdoors”; “Follow the Money”; “Perform a Security Audit on All Your Affected Accounts”; “De-Authorize All Those Apps”; “Lockdown Your Credit’; “Speak Out.” It may seem arduous, but it’s probably much easier than having your identity and/or the contents of your bank account stolen. Go here for Honon’s in-depth instructions.

To read the full article on Cyber Insecurity: What you need to know go to Peabody Patch.

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Blizzard Warning

A Blizzard Warning has been issued for eastern mass coastline including Peabody until event clears.

A Blizzard Warning has been issued for eastern Massachusetts coastline including Peabody until event clears. Take all necessary precautions. Stay indoors if at all possible. Dress accordingly if going outdoors. Visibility will be greatly reduced limiting what you can see and whom can see you.

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snow parking ban Jan 1

The Director of DPS has declared a parking ban on all city streets effective 9:00 PM today due to weather event.

The Director of DPS has declared a parking ban on all city streets effective 9:00 PM today due to expected weather related event. Vehicles parking on the public ways are subjected to ticketing and/or towing at owners expense. All vehicles must be removed from the roadways at/before 9:00 PM this evening and continuing until rescinded.

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Scammers sending out fake Target emails

Scammers now adding to Target breach issue. Do not reply to email inquiries re personal data.

If you’ve been following the news this holiday season, you’ve probably heard that Target shoppers may have been affected by the recent data breach. Target notified their customers of the breach via email.

target-2013Unfortunately, scammers follow the news, too. Scam artists may send out phony “Target” emails pretending to help, but they actually want to trick you into giving them your personal information. And they are skilled at making the emails look real. If you get an email that says it’s from Target, here’s what to look out for to make sure you don’t get scammed.

*If any email asks for your personal or financial information, it’s most likely a scam. Say the email asks for your credit card number to check whether your card was compromised by the breach. What do you do? Don’t reply. No legitimate business will ask for your personal information through unsecure methods like email.

*If there are links in the email, don’t click on them, even if they seem legit at first glance. Scammers can easily create links and sites that look like the real deal, but can install viruses to your device or direct you to spoof sites that exist to steal your information. Hovering over a link can reveal a deliberately misspelled web address, or a completely different destination. Your best bet is to type the URL directly into your browser.

During the holidays, scammers may send emails promising a free gift card, a new tablet or computer, or even a seasonal job in exchange for your financial information. Even though these offers may sound tempting, delete the message and keep your information to yourself.

Here is some more info on protecting yourself http://www.visasecuritysense.com/en_US/fraud-news.jsp

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Drunken Driving Patrols and Checkpoints

Peabody Police, Massachusetts State Police and other local police agencies will be using a federal grant to add extra patrols and checkpoints looking for drunken drivers.  Read more on Patch http://peabody.patch.com/groups/police-and-fire/p/expect-extra-drunken-driving-patrols-checkpoints-during-holidays-peabody