A Flash Mob was originally a mass of  people organized by using social media (Facebook, Twitter, and text messaging) to meet at a given location, at a given time, in acts of public spontaneity to perform, sing or otherwise entertain anyone who happened by. The term Flash Mob is now used to describe incidents in […]

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“Knockout King,” sometimes simply referred to as “knock out,” is a new “game” of unprovoked violence that targets random victims.  The “game” frequently has tragic consequences. The rules of the “game” are simple and brutal.  A group, usually young men and teenage boys (teenage girls in some cases), choose a lead attacker and then seek […]

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In contrast to the nation’s overall trend in crime reduction, pharmacy robbery has increased dramatically in recent years.  According to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), armed robberies of pharmacies increased 81% between 2006 and 2010, from 380 to 686. Addictive pain killers such as OxyContin, Vicodin and Opana are often the targets of pharmacy […]

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Automotive GPS (Global Positioning System) devices have become very attractive targets for thieves.  According to FBI Uniform Crime Reports (UCR’s), portable GPS devices are now the number one item being stolen from motor vehicles. Although prices vary widely for portable GPS devices, the average pawn value is often in the range of $150.00.  Stolen GPS […]

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Thieves are beginning to target the third row seats of sports utility vehicles (SUV’s) for theft. Third row seats of SUV’s (Cadillac Escalade, Chevy Tahoe and Suburban, etc.) are easily and quickly removed from the vehicles and can be sold online, at flea markets or to salvage yards for as much as $1,000.  Although they […]

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Black Friday is the day following Thanksgiving Day in the United States, traditionally the beginning of the Christmas shopping season.  On this day, most major retailers open extremely early and offer promotional sales.  It is an intense time of bargain Christmas shopping for many people.  It has been described as the busiest shopping day of […]

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The theft of mobile communication devices such as iPhones and iPads has become an increasingly serious problem.  According to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), roughly one out of three robberies nationwide have involved the theft of a cell phone.  The FCC estimates that in 2011 over 40% of robberies in New York City and 38% […]

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“Spice” “Spice” is a psychoactive designer drug and refers to a variety of herbal mixtures which, when consumed, mimics the effects of cannabis.  It is best known by brand names K-2 and Spice. Spice is often marketed as “herbal incense” and labeled “not fit for human consumption.”  It is purchased in head shops, convenience stores […]

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The Nassau County (N.Y.) Police Department actively participates in a multi-dimensional crime prevention partnership between the Department and the private sector that seeks to increase public safety through the sharing of important and timely information. The crime prevention partnership is known as SPIN (Nassau County Security/Police Information Network).  The goals of SPIN are to share […]

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The problem of Identity Theft continues to expand, almost unabated.  Law enforcement agencies usually have limited resources to combat this problem. The most effective way of minimizing or reducing the crime of Identity Theft is through public education and awareness, i.e., “Crime Prevention.” For great Identity Theft information, we recommend viewing the University of Oklahoma […]

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