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Dear Neighbors,

The holidays are right around the corner which means shopping, traveling and spending time with family and friends. 

While enjoying the holiday season, it is important that you remember to protect yourself from becoming a victim of cyber crime and identity theft.

All too often we use personal information such as our social security and bank account numbers along with debit and credit card information for shopping and dining, traveling, and banking.  Conveniently, now all of these things can be done from your computer, tablet, or smartphone. 

Unfortunately, criminals are sometimes able to access your personal information and use it to make purchases for themselves, open up new credit card accounts, and access your banking information.   

Sadly, we are seeing too many reports of these types of crimes. It is our goal to help you protect yourself by providing important safety information.  By following the safety tips below, you can keep yourself from becoming a victim of cyber crime and identity theft. 

Start by shredding all of your unwanted mail. By doing this, you are protecting any personal information that may be listed on a piece of mail that could be accessed by a criminal looking through your trash.

Do not carry your social security card on you.  If your personal belongings are lost or stolen, your social security number can be used by a criminal to open up accounts in your name.

Be suspicious of solicitations that can come through the mail, over the internet, or by phone.

Remember, when shopping on-line, try to use a prepaid gift card such as a Visa, MasterCard, or American Express so that a criminal cannot use the card number to make additional purchases with your credit card.

Do not respond to hoax e-mails from your bank or other institutions claiming they need to verify your personal information.

Only carry your driver’s license and one credit or debit card on you while out and about.

When banking at an ATM machine, if anything looks suspicious or out of place, do not use that machine. Try to use an ATM machine that is visible to an employee of the bank or business where located.

Pay in cash when you are able to.  If you do not have cash, then pay with a credit card rather than a debit card.

In addition, you should periodically review your three credit reports through Experian, Equifax, and TransUnion. You may obtain copies of these reports by logging onto

Lastly, if you have any questions, concerns, or need to report that you have been a victim of identity theft, please visit the Federal Trade Commission at; or you may contact the Jupiter Police Department at 561-746-6201 to file a report.

As always, I look forward to seeing you around town and don’t forget to visit us on Facebook and on Twitter for important events and information.


Frank J. Kitzerow

Chief of Police