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Alaska: A North Slope oil discovery already called huge just got bigger, company says

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March 10, 2017

A Spanish oil company working with a small explorer in Alaska announced Thursday what it’s calling the largest onshore U.S. oil discovery in three decades.

The discovery is near the northeastern edge of the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska on leased state land.

Repsol, a minority partner in a deal with Denver-based Armstrong Oil and Gas, announced that two wildcat wells drilled this winter at a prospect known as Horseshoe discovered bands of light oil, a find that extends the already huge Nanushuk play by an additional 20 miles to the south.

Nanushuk is in the Pikka Unit, a chunk of leases held primarily by Armstrong to the north and east of the village of Nuiqsut. The prospect is believed to continue to the south of the village.

“Repsol and partner Armstrong Energy have made in Alaska the largest U.S. onshore conventional hydrocarbons discovery in 30 years,” Repsol said. “The Horseshoe-1 and 1A wells drilled during the 2016-2017 winter campaign confirm the Nanushuk play as a significant emerging play in Alaska’s North Slope.”

[A father of fracking seeks to emulate shale boom in Alaska]

Because exploration drilling at Horseshoe has taken place only recently, it is extremely unlikely that estimates associated with the wells have been independently confirmed by a third-party company, said David Houseknecht, a geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey’s Energy Resources Program for Alaska.

In late 2015, the companies announced the Nanushuk discovery as a major new opportunity in Alaska, after a third-party engineering firm, DeGolyer and MacNaughton, calculated “contingent” oil reserves to range between 497 million barrels and 3.76 billion barrels. The companies have said the discovery could produce at least 120,000 barrels of oil daily, potentially providing a much-needed production boost to Alaska’s dwindling oil economy.

“The contingent resources currently identified in the Nanushuk play in Alaska amount to approximately 1.2 billion barrels of recoverable light oil,” Repsol said.

The 1.2 billion barrels includes oil in the existing Pikka unit and the Horseshoe prospect combined, said Kristian Rix, a Repsol spokesperson reached Thursday in Madrid, Repsol’s headquarters.

Rix would not say how much daily oil production might increase from the 120,000 barrels associated with Pikka, now that the size of the play is much larger.

“I wouldn’t want to put a figure on that,” he said. “We have to make sure we have our i’s dotted and our t’s crossed before we do that.”

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Shopping Malls going out-of-business

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A Third Of All U.S. Shopping Malls Are Projected To Close As ‘Space Available’ Signs Go Up All Over America

By Stephen Frank on Mar 09, 2017 08:20 pm

The economy is changing.  Thanks to the union led $15 minimum wage and the ObamaCare scam, business can not afford to hire the people they need.  Wendys, the burgher place, is going to either fire or not hire at least 3,000 people.  In their place will be kiosks, to take orders and payment—no human is […]

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Caterpillar CEO Apologizes to Employees After Feds Raid Offices

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Caterpillar (CAT) Chief Executive Officer Jim Umpleby apologized to employees after federal law enforcement officials searched three of its facilities.

Chief Executive Officer Jim Umpleby, in a statement to employees that was seen by newspaper Peoria Star Opens a New Window. , said he was surprised by the turn of events and that management did not have enough information to provide a full understanding of the authorities’ intent.

“This morning, a number of our colleagues in the Peoria area were surprised when federal authorities arrived to execute a search warrant. I’m sorry that we had to experience this today,” he said in the statement on Thursday.

Caterpillar said it believed the search was part of an Internal Revenue Service investigation related to profits earned by a Swiss parts subsidiary, Caterpillar SARL, or CSARL.

Shares were little changed on Friday morning suggesting investors had put aside the company’s tax risk as old news, a day after federal law enforcement officials searched three of its facilities.

The company’s shares closed down 4.3 percent at $94.36 on Thursday, wiping out $2.47 billion of market value.

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This man spent his weekend helping to free sex trafficking victims

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New York Post

Ex-CIA analyst Tim Ballard is now a sex-trade investigator — and he just cracked a major ring in Haiti that liberated 29 young women and children.

It was all in a day’s work for Ballard, who teams with a nonprofit called Operation Underground Railroad, made up of former members of the US military who use their know-how to battle child-trafficking and sex slavery in countries where the practices are common.

The Haiti operation, called Sainte Jou — Creole for Blessed Day — led to the arrest of nine suspected sex traffickers on Feb. 5, Super Bowl Sunday, by local authorities, who worked in tandem with the US organization.

“We are not a rogue agency, we are not vigilantes,” said Matt Osborn, a CIA and State Department veteran, who helps Ballard direct the group’s operations.

They target locales notorious for sex trafficking and then set up complex sting operations to nab the pimps and free the young women and girls.

In Haiti, a sting was set up at the Kaliko Beach Club, a high-end resort on the west side of the island of Hispaniola, which is shared by Haiti and the Dominican Republic.

On Feb. 3 and 4 — as Americans were preparing their Super Bowl parties — Osborn said a team of 25 men began flying in to “play the role of middlemen for wealthy American pedophiles.” They organized with the pimps to line up local girls — some as young as 13 — for an orgy.

“The average price we were going to have to pay was $300 for each girl, for what was billed as a sex party of four to six hours,” Osborn said.

By Sunday, a yacht moored off-shore was made to look like a wealthy party boat down from Florida for the weekend.

Most of the undercovers were wearing flip-flops and shorts and playing ball on the beach to give off a party vibe.

Ballard, who worked for the Department of Homeland Security as a special agent, met face-to-face with the pimps and recorded the details of the deal to hand over to Haitian authorities, who swooped in to break up the sex ring.

The US State Department said Haiti only passed legislation criminalizing sex trafficking in 2014.

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California Shouldn’t Secede from the U.S.

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by John Fund January 29, 2017

It should divide in two.

Los Angeles — Liberals used to hate secession, the notion that states could leave the Union as they did before the Civil War because they didn’t agree with the policies of the federal government. But with Donald Trump’s election, many California liberals suddenly have warm words for a budding ballot initiative that has just begun collecting signatures in order to place secession, or “Calexit,” on the ballot. At the height of the tea-party movement, Texas governor Rick Perry merely hinted at the thought that Texas might react to President Obama’s executive overreach by reclaiming its one-time status as an independent republic. He was denounced as something akin to a traitor; critics lamented that he wanted to return Texas to the era of sharecroppers or Jim Crow. Now Dan Schnur, who teaches political communications at the University of Southern California, says “California is the new Texas,” with its elected officials promoting a “virtual secession.” The secessionists plan to take to the legislature, the courts, and the streets to resist Trump’s agenda. Never before have so many prominent Californians gotten into such a reactionary, defensive crouch.

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Uber/Lyft Kill Off Monopoly Taxi Company in San Fran

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Uber/Lyft Kill Off Monopoly Taxi Company in San Fran—UNION Big Loser

By Stephen Frank on Nov 26, 2016 01:15 pm
Markets change.  Create a better product and free people will make a new choice.  Create a bad product, like the Edsel of Ford fame, and the product will die.  Provide an over priced product and a competitor will take its place.  Have bad service, because it is a monopoly, and at some point a free […]

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UPDATE: Sherri Papini ‘very emotional to be released,’ sheriff says

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Nov. 25, 2016

By Jenny Espino, Record Searchlight

Update 7:45 a.m.

Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko appeared on Good Morning America on Friday morning, where he said missing mom Sherri Papini was “very emotional” after being found.

“The California Highway Patrol was able to connect her to her husband via cell phone and he immediately started responding to the Yolo County-Sacramento area. Of course, she was very emotional to be released and hear her husband’s voice and then a few hours later to be reunited with him,” Bosenko told Good Morning America.

A passerby found Papini along the side of a road near Interstate 5 in Yolo County, north of Sacramento, a “short amount of time” after her alleged captors dropped her off, Bosenko said.

“Evidently, one of the captors had dropped her off on a rural road near Interstate 5 and an interchange,” he said. “She was able to flag down a motorist and that motorist summoned emergency assistance from the highway patrol then medical [responders] as well.”

Authorities are searching for two Hispanic women armed with a handgun and driving a dark SUV as the main suspects in Papini’s alleged abduction. Papini herself provided that information, Bosenko said.

Bosenko said investigators have received “limited information” on the case from Papini, he told Good Morning America.

“Obviously she was emotional and quite upset but elated to be free and so we were able to get some information from her. In the days following this, we’ll be following up with her,” Bosenko said. “We hope that we can get additional information to identify (the suspects), maybe the SUV, and then hopefully they can be found and brought to justice.”

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Trump’s in, California’s out? Longshot exit bid gets boost

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PNP comment: The State of Jefferson movement is hugely opposed to this exit suggestion. We believe in the U.S. Constitution. Jefferson wants to remove itself from the State of California and become the 51st State in the USA. We believe this is a huge mistake. — Editor Liz Bowen

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By Don Thompson The Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Donald Trump’s election as president is giving a big social-media boost to an unlikely effort in the nation’s most populous state: a plan to vote on seceding from the union.

The Yes California Independence Campaign hopes to put a question on the November 2018 ballot that would authorize a statewide independence vote for spring 2019.

The effort drew little attention until Tuesday’s election, which also kept Trump’s fellow Republicans in charge of Congress and raised the possibility of a conservative shift on the U.S. Supreme Court.

A look at what’s happening:

THE TRUMP VICTORY

Campaign President Louis J. Marinelli said the election results offer further proof that California is more progressive than the nation as a whole. Voters endorsed ballot measures that included recreational marijuana and increased taxes on the rich. Many Californians were offended by Trump’s statements on immigration and other issues.

“People are starting to come to the realization … ‘Wait a minute, this is not the type of country we want to live in,'” said Marinelli, who lost a primary bid for the state Assembly this year.

THE REACTION

As election results rolled in, the group’s Facebook contacts grew from about 11,000 to about 15,000, and its email account received about 3,000 messages. Marinelli said he couldn’t keep up with the Twitter messages.

The next day, the group set up a tent outside the state Capitol in Sacramento. About a dozen supporters wearing YesCalifornia.org T-shirts talked to passers-by.

“It would frankly be better off if we were our own nation,” said the group’s vice president, Marcus Ruiz Evans, calling Trump’s election further evidence that America is a sinking ship. “Our ship can sail on its own.”

Skeptics, like Steve Angel of Sacramento, criticized what he said is an effort to “balkanize” the United States by breaking it into pieces.

To the north, in Portland, two residents filed a separate petition for a 2018 ballot initiative for Oregon to secede.

THE PREVIOUS ATTEMPTS

Any effort to get an issue on the ballot requires the gathering of hundreds of thousands of signatures.

Marinelli tried unsuccessfully to put several initiatives on the ballot this year, including a proposal to declare California a separate nation, to rename the governor the “president” of California and to fly the California state flag atop the United States flag. Those signature-gathering efforts fizzled.

Repeated attempts to create a 51st state in Northern California, named the State of Jefferson, have also failed. That movement generally draws more conservative supporters who are dissatisfied with California’s dominance by Democrats.

The Yes California Independence Campaign tries to appeal across the political spectrum but holds a generally progressive ideology, Marinelli said.

BREXIT = CALEXIT?

Marinelli equates the movement’s longshot chances to the recent decision by the United Kingdom to leave the European Union.

“People said Brexit wouldn’t happen, and then they said Trump wouldn’t happen … Things that you don’t expect to happen are happening, so why not this?” he said.

Supporters of the initiative note that California, with its 39 million residents, is often compared to other nations, not other states. Data from the World Bank show its economy was equivalent to the sixth-largest in the world last year.

THE HISTORY

Threats to secede from the United States have been a part of American politics almost since the nation was founded. The most serious attempt came before and during the Civil War, when 11 Southern states left to form the Confederacy. The movement ended with the defeat of Confederate forces.

Chapman University law professor Ronald Rotunda said the Constitution does not provide for state secession, so the only way to do it legally would be to change the Constitution — an act that requires the approval of Congress and 38 states.

“It’s not going to happen. You’re not going to find 38 states,” he said. “The theory of our Constitution for over 200 years is we sink or swim together.”

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California secession group to hold meet-up at State Capitol

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By Alyssa Pereira Updated 7:43 am,

Saturday, November 5, 2016

An organization hoping to facilitate the secession of California from the Union is holding a meet and greet on the Capitol steps in Sacramento next Wednesday, November 9, 2016, or, the day after the presidential election.

The Yes California Independence Campaign, which is based in San Diego, is aiming to qualify a citizen’s initiative in 2018 to get a referendum for secession on the ballot in 2019. They’ll be in Sacramento to garner support for their initiative.

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Siskiyou Co: Sheriff Offers Advice for Holiday Security and Safety

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SISKIYOU COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE NEWS RELEASE

October 17, 2016

 

                    The Siskiyou County Sheriff’ Office (SCSO) has received recent reports of crimes committed against local citizens while they are shopping in local communities or while visiting more populated cities where large department stores and shopping malls are common.  A recent report was received that criminals are targeting unsuspecting shoppers who purchase a number of items in larger stores, which requires them to load their vehicles in populated parking lots full of people and vehicles.  The unsuspecting victim is often preoccupied with loading parcels or groceries in trunks and other receptacles in their vehicles and sometimes thieves seize the opportunity to steal purses and other valuables left temporarily unattended in vehicles or carts while the shopper is preoccupied.  Such activities are increasing in many areas and unfortunately, there are far too many criminals preying on our unsuspecting citizens.  According to Sergeant Jeremiah LaRue, “Since the Holiday Season is rapidly approaching this is an excellent opportunity to remind our citizens of a few safety tips that can prevent them from becoming a victim during this Holiday Season and beyond. A few simple suggestions are listed below, including tips to be safe and secure during the holidays.”

Tip #1

The holidays are a great time to get to know your neighbors.  It helps knowing your neighbors.  Working together to watch for suspicious activities in your neighborhood is a good way to prevent crimes from happening on your street.  Consider consulting with your Neighborhood Watch and take an active role in reporting suspicious activity occurring on your street, road, or area.

Tip #2

It always pays to practice good parking lot safety while shopping.  Lock your vehicle and hide valuables, preferably in the trunk or other suitable locked compartment. Before sunrise and after sunset, park and walk in well-lit areas and carry keys in your hand. Stay alert to your surroundings and take a moment to glance around for possible suspicious persons, vehicles, and/or situations. Prior to getting into your vehicle take a look inside and around before entering.  If you observe evidence of a possible burglary or theft, contact your local law enforcement agency.  For the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office, contact (530) 841-2900.  For crimes in-progress, such as crimes of violence or property crimes, dial “9-1-1.”

 

Tip #3

When you’re out shopping for the holidays, stay alert to your surroundings.

When in crowded places, be alert for potential thieves. Don’t overload yourself with packages. Maintain visibility and mobility to avoid potential threats. Be wary of strangers approaching you for any reason. The holiday season is notorious for “con-artists” who may attempt to distract you with the intention of taking your money or belongings. When possible, avoid wearing expensive jewelry and carrying large amounts of valuables. Never leave personal belongings unattended. As an added precaution, make sure you have a record of all your credit card numbers in a secure place at home.  It is a good idea to take a photograph of valuables and make them if possible with a number or identifying mark that can be identified later.  Attempt to park in well-lit and populated areas.  Remember, there is safety in numbers but don’t drop your guard – Criminals will often avoid you if you appear to be alert and watchful of your surroundings and seem protective of those around you.  Occasionally stop and look around for indicators of suspicious activities – For example, you may notice someone following you or paying inordinate attention to your activities.  If practical, shop during daytime hours and know the locations you are going to visit and know the best routes to and from those sites.  Keep doors of your vehicle locked at all times.

Tip #4

Shop with friends or relatives – there is safety in numbers.  Recognize that there is safety in numbers and arrange to shop with friends and relatives instead of going out alone. Make sure everyone remains vigilant and looks out for each other.

Tip #5

Tips for Holiday Shopping with Children.  When shopping with children, keep a close eye on them at all times. Consider coaching them to go to a store clerk, security guard, or peace officer if they become separated and be sure they know their first and last name so they can advise someone who they are. Give children a contact phone number that they can carry on their person in case they do become lost.  It is always a good idea to carry a photo of your child and be prepared to give a detailed description of what they look like and memorize what they are wearing.

Tip #6

Holiday Safety Tips for Online Shoppers.  Online shopping is becoming increasingly popular. The Internet does have risks so it is important to take steps to protect yourself when shopping online. The National Cyber Security Alliance recommends that you make sure you have a security suite (firewall, anti-virus and anti-spyware) installed and updated with the most current information before shopping online. Also, keep your operating system and Web browser up-to-date. Before you enter your personal and financial information for an online transaction, look for signs that the site is secure. This includes a closed padlock on your Web browser’s address bar or a URL address that begins with shttp or https. This indicates that the purchase is encrypted or secured. Never use unsecured wireless networks to make an online purchase.  It is usually safer to do business with an established business that is known to you.

Tip #7

More Tips for Shopping Online.  Before providing personal or financial information, check the Web site’s privacy policy. Make sure you understand how your information will be stored and used. Never send cash through the mail or use a money-wiring service because you’ll have no recourse if something goes wrong. Print and save records of your online transactions, including the product description, price, online receipt, terms of the sale, and copies of any email exchange with the seller. Read your credit card statements as soon as you get them to make sure there are no unauthorized charges. If there is a discrepancy, report it immediately.  Review your on-line banking statements regularly to ensure fraudulent transactions are easily detected early and report financial crimes to law enforcement.

Tip #8

Keeping your home safe during the holidays is important too.  Be extra cautious about locking windows, sliders, and doors when leaving for any length of time. We suggest keeping all entrance points into your house secured while you’re at home as well. Set indoor and outdoor lights on timers and think about doing the same with a television or radio to make it appear as if someone is home. Never keep gifts or valuable objects in plain view from any window or doors. Close blinds, shutters, drapes, and curtains because if a burglar can see those items they may attempt to take them from you. If a person knocks at your door and you don’t recognize them, don’t feel obligated to open your door. Teach your children that by no means should they open the door to anyone prior to your knowledge and authorization.  Ensure garages and other structures are kept secure as well at all times when not in use.  Criminals have also been known to enter homes through doggie-doors or other animal access points.  Consider obtaining a home security system.  Dogs can also help because regardless of size, they can warn you of the presence of strangers and deter those lurking about when you are not at home.

Tip #9

Staying informed helps increase home security year-round.  For additional information on security while shopping or while at home, consult your local law enforcement agency or the SCSO website.  Consider starting a Neighborhood Watch program or consult with your program members if it already exists.  You may also contact your local law enforcement agency to obtain information about trends in your neighborhood.

Tip #10

Let someone you trust know when you’re traveling during the holidays.  Inform someone who’s trustworthy where you will be and when you might be expected back to your residence. Ask a neighbor or other dependable persons to watch your house and retrieve your newspapers and mail if possible.  Contact your local law enforcement agency or SCSO and ask them to conduct additional patrols in your area if you are going to be away for an extended period of time.

Tip #11

Watching the weather is an important safety factor for Holiday Travelers.  Weather can present safety challenges this time of the year, especially for those out-of-town shopping trips but even local trips to the store or mall can be hazardous due to changing climatic and traffic conditions.  Stay tuned to weather conditions. Anticipate inclement weather and plan accordingly. Carry chains, keep sufficient gas in the tank and always use extreme caution while driving, always operating your vehicle at a speed safe for prevailing traffic conditions. Keep an eye out for pedestrians and other less-obvious traffic such as bicyclists and motorcycles.  During trips, even of short duration, carry extra provisions such as flashlight, blankets, jackets, gloves, first aid kit, a charged cell phone, winter hat, boots, water, snacks, and comfort items, especially if children are with you in the event you are delayed during a winter storm or accident.  Ensure your vehicle and accessories, such as tires, windshield wipers, belts, and battery are inspected and in good shape.

 

 

Tip #12

When celebrating the holidays, celebrate responsibly.  Many people celebrate the season by attending holiday parties with family and friends. Enjoy these gatherings responsibly so this time of joy does not become a time of tragedy. Watch how much you drink. Don’t drink and drive.  Use a designated driver and ride with someone who is sober. The Sheriff’s Office recommends you prearrange transportation if you plan on consuming alcoholic beverages.  Alcoholic consumption may also make you more susceptible to criminals lurking about to victimize unsuspecting citizens.  Always safeguard valuables such as wallets and purses while at holiday parties or events, since criminals often look for opportunities to strike when you are distracted and crowds often shield their prying eyes and actions.  Recognize the fact that during this time of the year, there may be more impaired drivers on the road due to the many celebrations that are traditionally hosted this time of the year.

According to Sergeant LaRue, “On behalf of Sheriff Lopey and the men and women of the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office, we wish all of our fellow citizens a safe and joyous Holiday Season.  We hope these tips will help prevent you from becoming a victim.  Anyone with information about any crime or suspicious persons or activities in the area, including when you are shopping here or somewhere else should follow the rule, “IF YOU SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING” by contacting the local law enforcement agency or if in a county area contact the SCSO’s 24-hour Dispatch Center at (530) 841-2900.  Some larger stores and shopping malls have security officers assigned, which are also good sources for help while in stores or parking lots.  Remember, an attempted crime or actual crime in-progress, especially those involving an act of violence or property-related crime, such as thefts or car burglaries, should be handled by dialing “9-1-1.”

 

 

                    The Siskiyou County Sheriff’ Office (SCSO) has received recent reports of crimes committed against local citizens while they are shopping in local communities or while visiting more populated cities where large department stores and shopping malls are common.  A recent report was received that criminals are targeting unsuspecting shoppers who purchase a number of items in larger stores, which requires them to load their vehicles in populated parking lots full of people and vehicles.  The unsuspecting victim is often preoccupied with loading parcels or groceries in trunks and other receptacles in their vehicles and sometimes thieves seize the opportunity to steal purses and other valuables left temporarily unattended in vehicles or carts while the shopper is preoccupied.  Such activities are increasing in many areas and unfortunately, there are far too many criminals preying on our unsuspecting citizens.  According to Sergeant Jeremiah LaRue, “Since the Holiday Season is rapidly approaching this is an excellent opportunity to remind our citizens of a few safety tips that can prevent them from becoming a victim during this Holiday Season and beyond. A few simple suggestions are listed below, including tips to be safe and secure during the holidays.”

Tip #1

The holidays are a great time to get to know your neighbors.  It helps knowing your neighbors.  Working together to watch for suspicious activities in your neighborhood is a good way to prevent crimes from happening on your street.  Consider consulting with your Neighborhood Watch and take an active role in reporting suspicious activity occurring on your street, road, or area.

Tip #2

It always pays to practice good parking lot safety while shopping.  Lock your vehicle and hide valuables, preferably in the trunk or other suitable locked compartment. Before sunrise and after sunset, park and walk in well-lit areas and carry keys in your hand. Stay alert to your surroundings and take a moment to glance around for possible suspicious persons, vehicles, and/or situations. Prior to getting into your vehicle take a look inside and around before entering.  If you observe evidence of a possible burglary or theft, contact your local law enforcement agency.  For the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office, contact (530) 841-2900.  For crimes in-progress, such as crimes of violence or property crimes, dial “9-1-1.”

 

Tip #3

When you’re out shopping for the holidays, stay alert to your surroundings.

When in crowded places, be alert for potential thieves. Don’t overload yourself with packages. Maintain visibility and mobility to avoid potential threats. Be wary of strangers approaching you for any reason. The holiday season is notorious for “con-artists” who may attempt to distract you with the intention of taking your money or belongings. When possible, avoid wearing expensive jewelry and carrying large amounts of valuables. Never leave personal belongings unattended. As an added precaution, make sure you have a record of all your credit card numbers in a secure place at home.  It is a good idea to take a photograph of valuables and make them if possible with a number or identifying mark that can be identified later.  Attempt to park in well-lit and populated areas.  Remember, there is safety in numbers but don’t drop your guard – Criminals will often avoid you if you appear to be alert and watchful of your surroundings and seem protective of those around you.  Occasionally stop and look around for indicators of suspicious activities – For example, you may notice someone following you or paying inordinate attention to your activities.  If practical, shop during daytime hours and know the locations you are going to visit and know the best routes to and from those sites.  Keep doors of your vehicle locked at all times.

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Shop with friends or relatives – there is safety in numbers.  Recognize that there is safety in numbers and arrange to shop with friends and relatives instead of going out alone. Make sure everyone remains vigilant and looks out for each other.

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Tips for Holiday Shopping with Children.  When shopping with children, keep a close eye on them at all times. Consider coaching them to go to a store clerk, security guard, or peace officer if they become separated and be sure they know their first and last name so they can advise someone who they are. Give children a contact phone number that they can carry on their person in case they do become lost.  It is always a good idea to carry a photo of your child and be prepared to give a detailed description of what they look like and memorize what they are wearing.

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Holiday Safety Tips for Online Shoppers.  Online shopping is becoming increasingly popular. The Internet does have risks so it is important to take steps to protect yourself when shopping online. The National Cyber Security Alliance recommends that you make sure you have a security suite (firewall, anti-virus and anti-spyware) installed and updated with the most current information before shopping online. Also, keep your operating system and Web browser up-to-date. Before you enter your personal and financial information for an online transaction, look for signs that the site is secure. This includes a closed padlock on your Web browser’s address bar or a URL address that begins with shttp or https. This indicates that the purchase is encrypted or secured. Never use unsecured wireless networks to make an online purchase.  It is usually safer to do business with an established business that is known to you.

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More Tips for Shopping Online.  Before providing personal or financial information, check the Web site’s privacy policy. Make sure you understand how your information will be stored and used. Never send cash through the mail or use a money-wiring service because you’ll have no recourse if something goes wrong. Print and save records of your online transactions, including the product description, price, online receipt, terms of the sale, and copies of any email exchange with the seller. Read your credit card statements as soon as you get them to make sure there are no unauthorized charges. If there is a discrepancy, report it immediately.  Review your on-line banking statements regularly to ensure fraudulent transactions are easily detected early and report financial crimes to law enforcement.

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Keeping your home safe during the holidays is important too.  Be extra cautious about locking windows, sliders, and doors when leaving for any length of time. We suggest keeping all entrance points into your house secured while you’re at home as well. Set indoor and outdoor lights on timers and think about doing the same with a television or radio to make it appear as if someone is home. Never keep gifts or valuable objects in plain view from any window or doors. Close blinds, shutters, drapes, and curtains because if a burglar can see those items they may attempt to take them from you. If a person knocks at your door and you don’t recognize them, don’t feel obligated to open your door. Teach your children that by no means should they open the door to anyone prior to your knowledge and authorization.  Ensure garages and other structures are kept secure as well at all times when not in use.  Criminals have also been known to enter homes through doggie-doors or other animal access points.  Consider obtaining a home security system.  Dogs can also help because regardless of size, they can warn you of the presence of strangers and deter those lurking about when you are not at home.

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Staying informed helps increase home security year-round.  For additional information on security while shopping or while at home, consult your local law enforcement agency or the SCSO website.  Consider starting a Neighborhood Watch program or consult with your program members if it already exists.  You may also contact your local law enforcement agency to obtain information about trends in your neighborhood.

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Let someone you trust know when you’re traveling during the holidays.  Inform someone who’s trustworthy where you will be and when you might be expected back to your residence. Ask a neighbor or other dependable persons to watch your house and retrieve your newspapers and mail if possible.  Contact your local law enforcement agency or SCSO and ask them to conduct additional patrols in your area if you are going to be away for an extended period of time.

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Watching the weather is an important safety factor for Holiday Travelers.  Weather can present safety challenges this time of the year, especially for those out-of-town shopping trips but even local trips to the store or mall can be hazardous due to changing climatic and traffic conditions.  Stay tuned to weather conditions. Anticipate inclement weather and plan accordingly. Carry chains, keep sufficient gas in the tank and always use extreme caution while driving, always operating your vehicle at a speed safe for prevailing traffic conditions. Keep an eye out for pedestrians and other less-obvious traffic such as bicyclists and motorcycles.  During trips, even of short duration, carry extra provisions such as flashlight, blankets, jackets, gloves, first aid kit, a charged cell phone, winter hat, boots, water, snacks, and comfort items, especially if children are with you in the event you are delayed during a winter storm or accident.  Ensure your vehicle and accessories, such as tires, windshield wipers, belts, and battery are inspected and in good shape.

 

 

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When celebrating the holidays, celebrate responsibly.  Many people celebrate the season by attending holiday parties with family and friends. Enjoy these gatherings responsibly so this time of joy does not become a time of tragedy. Watch how much you drink. Don’t drink and drive.  Use a designated driver and ride with someone who is sober. The Sheriff’s Office recommends you prearrange transportation if you plan on consuming alcoholic beverages.  Alcoholic consumption may also make you more susceptible to criminals lurking about to victimize unsuspecting citizens.  Always safeguard valuables such as wallets and purses while at holiday parties or events, since criminals often look for opportunities to strike when you are distracted and crowds often shield their prying eyes and actions.  Recognize the fact that during this time of the year, there may be more impaired drivers on the road due to the many celebrations that are traditionally hosted this time of the year.

According to Sergeant LaRue, “On behalf of Sheriff Lopey and the men and women of the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office, we wish all of our fellow citizens a safe and joyous Holiday Season.  We hope these tips will help prevent you from becoming a victim.  Anyone with information about any crime or suspicious persons or activities in the area, including when you are shopping here or somewhere else should follow the rule, “IF YOU SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING” by contacting the local law enforcement agency or if in a county area contact the SCSO’s 24-hour Dispatch Center at (530) 841-2900.  Some larger stores and shopping malls have security officers assigned, which are also good sources for help while in stores or parking lots.  Remember, an attempted crime or actual crime in-progress, especially those involving an act of violence or property-related crime, such as thefts or car burglaries, should be handled by dialing “9-1-1.”

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