Crime Alert

Here is a list of Crime Alerts provided by the Milpitas Police Department:

Date Details
6/15/2010 Residential Burglaries
  "Curb" Recyclable Scavenging
  Protect Yourself From Check Fraud

"Curb" Recyclable Scavenging:

Scavenging iconStealing items set out at the curb for recycling is illegal in the City of Milpitas (V-200-7.60). Recycling reduces the cost of waste services, but scavenging costs everyone. Report scavenging in your neighborhood immediately! Call the Milpitas Police Dept. at 586-2400 when you witness scavenging. Click here to find out how!

Protect Yourself From Check Fraud:

Each year banks and financial institutions process over 61 billion checks. With computers, desktop publishing and software personal and business checks have been very easy to reproduce - or create!

Check fraud is everyone's problem. Banks face an increasingly difficult task of separating good checks from the fraudulent ones. They are concerned about saving the assets of their customers and of the banks, while at the same time providing quality and personalized service to the customers.

In many cases, consumers have no legal liability for check fraud against them, but being the victim of such a fraud can create big problems until the situation is sorted out and accounts are returned to where they should be.

Some of the things that you can do to protect yourself include:

Businesses have additional vulnerabilities. Many businesses fall victim to financial crimes, check fraud and embezzlement as a result of some lax internal procedures. Some of the practices that could be in place to aid in protecting business assets include:

  1. Know your employees;
  2. Conduct surprise audits;
  3. Keep check stock in a secure area;
  4. Enforce mandatory vacation policies, particularly for those with financial access.
  5. Read and understand your bank contracts regarding liability, and your company's liability for fraud.
  6. If your account is compromised, report the matter to your bank and close the account immediately.

If you are suspicious of some activity and are uncertain if the nature of activity is criminal in nature, do not hesitate to call the investigator who specializes in fraud investigations. Call (408) 586-2400 and ask for the financial crimes investigator. This investigator usually works weekdays between 8:00 A.M. and 5:00 P.M.

Milpitas Police Department Hours:
1275 North Milpitas Boulevard Monday-Friday: 8:00 am-6:00 pm
Main Phone: (408) 586-2400  
Crime Tip Hotline: (408) 586-2500 For Emergencies Dial: 911

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