What Cops Know
Florida police find skull in evidence room

Reporter Beth Burger filed this interesting story:

"BRADENTON —It’s a mystery investigators hope to put to rest.

Bradenton Police Department detectives recently found the partial remains of a human skull in an unmarked box with the word “Skull” in caps underlined twice. The box was in the corner of the homicide evidence room at the police department dating back 36 years ago.

There is no police report packaged with the remains.”

Read more: http://www.bradenton.com/2011/01/11/2865970/skull-from-1974-found-in-police.html#ixzz1AlrNGGA1

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Staying in a hotel? Stay safe

Travelers present an especially attractive opportunity for criminals because they’re in less-than-familiar territory and carry money. One of the best places for thieves to target travelers is at their hotel. You can reduce your chances of becoming a bull’s eye for criminals if you pay attention to details, trust no one and remember a few simple rules:

  • Crowded lobby? Keep an eye on your bags. This is a prime place for thieves to lift luggage.
  • Room on the ground floor? Tell the desk clerk, “No thanks.” You should also nix one that can be accessed by an outdoor staircase. Instead, try to stay on higher floors in hotels with interior hallways and reduce the opportunity for burglaries.
  • Your phone rings and it’s the front desk. The credit card information they took from you when you checked in was accidentally deleted from the hotel computer. They apologize for the inconvenience, but would you mind giving them that information again? If you’re smart, you won’t. It’s likely a ploy to get your credit card information.
  • You’re in your room and someone knocks on the door. Don’t open it. Instead, ask who it is. If the person isn’t known to you, keep it locked. What if he says he’s hotel security or there to fix your plumbing? Call the front desk and check him out first.
  • Call the hotel on an outside line and ask what room you are in. They should connect you without telling the caller your room number.

Police know you reduce your chances of becoming a victim by eliminating opportunities that make you a sitting duck.

Amanda Knox On Trial Again

Amanda Knox, the American convicted in Italy of killing her British roommate, will go on trial in an Italian court for slander. The slander charge emanates from her accusation against police officials that she was beaten while under interrogation in the case.

Italian law precludes claims such as Knox made and implications are that her parents, who live in the U.S. and have echoed her charges to the international press, could also be charged if they set foot in Italy.

What Cops Hate

There’s nothing a police officer hates more than a cop that’s dirty. Yeah, I know — the dirty cops get all of the media attention. The other 99.9 percent of hard-working, ethical police officers constantly have to live under the long, dark shadow cast by that tiny percentage of bad officers who lie, cheat, steal and deprive others of their civil rights. 

Good cops know how important it is to use discretion when making a decision about an arrest. They don’t arrest or ticket for statistical purposes, don’t believe everything is black or white and never embrace the idea that the end justifies the means. For the few who do, the decent officer, who is in the majority but rarely grabs headlines, pays dearly. It is hard to wear a badge with honor and get spit on, called names and complained on constantly. Plus it’s a job that wears on an officer’s family and friendships. The ones who do it successfully are true heroes.

No one, and I mean no one, hates dirty cops more than other cops. Let them know you appreciate them. 

Jennifer Kesse — Missing for Nearly Five Years

On January 24, 2011, beautiful, vibrant Jennifer Kesse will have been missing from her Orlando condo for five years. Her mysterious disappearance has ripped a hole in her loving, close-knit family. Here’s what they know:

Jennifer had just returned from a weekend trip with her boyfriend and was apparently preparing for work when an unknown event interrupted her morning routine. Later, her car was found parked and abandoned by an unknown man who showed up on grainy surveillance camera video taken not too far from her condo. Despite an appeal to the public, no one has been able to identify the man on the film.

Drew Kesse, Jennifer’s father, has devoted his life to keeping his daughter’s case in front of the media and the public. He’s worked to help change both the law and police perception of missing persons cases. He believes Jennifer was the target of human traffickers and, thus far, none of the evidence that has surface has changed his mind.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has opened an investigation into Jennifer’s disappearance. You can find out more about Jennifer by checking out the Kesse family’s site at http://www.jenniferkesse.com

My Cell Phone’s Been Stolen!

Cell phones, once large and bulky, are smaller and more useful than ever. What hasn’t changed is their attractiveness to thieves.

While losing your phone to theft can be expensive, that’s not the worse part. Thieves who steal your cell phone can spend days calling friends around the world and you’ll have to foot the bill. Don’t believe it? Ask the recent victim who reported being billed $14,000 for calls made by the person who stole his daughter’s cell phone. Make no doubt about it — cell phone theft is very profitable.

But there are some things you can do to minimize the chances your phone will be taken and reduce damages if the worst does happen. Here are a few tips:

* Check your owner’s manual to see how your phone is locked on a provider. The best way to prevent someone from switching carriers and making calls is by setting your sim lock feature, which is coded. That makes it less profitable for a thief to use the phone once you’ve notified your own carrier of the theft.
* Consider purchasing anti-theft insurance specifically for mobile phones..
* As the popularity of cells grows, so do the number of phones in each household. Account for each one on a daily basis. There’s no nastier surprise than to discover a phone’s been stolen and you’re on the hook for thousands.
* Keep your phone at home or with you. Don’t leave it in the car or put it down somewhere.
* If your phone should disappear, immediately call your provider and file a police report.

Quick reaction to cell phone theft can help contain the damage.

Five Things You Should Know If You Are Sexually Assaulted

No matter how you dress, where you hang out or what your past holds, sexual contact without your consent is a crime. There are things you can do to reduce your chances of becoming the victim of a sexual assault, but if the worst does happen, here are five tips to remember:

  • It may be difficult, but focus on your attacker: How he smells, what he says and how he says it, how he looks, his clothes, hairstyle, eye, hair, tattoos, scars and skin color
  • When it’s over, move to a safe place and call the police
  • Have nothing to eat
  • Don’t brush your hair, change clothes or use the bathroom
  • Don’t wash, bathe or change your appearance — no matter how much you might want to do so

You and your clothing can hold clues that may help police find and convict your assailant. Called “transfer evidence,” it’s what’s left behind by him and the environment — dirt, hair, body fluids, even minute traces of skin under your fingernails from scratching him can be collected and used for identification.

One more very important thing: If an officer or anyone associated with interviewing you, collecting evidence or prosecuting the case belittles you or makes you feel bad about yourself, you don’t have to take it. Speak up. Complain and complain loudly.

Ask to speak to a supervisor and keep moving up the chain of command until you receive satisfaction. If you’re still unhappy, call your state’s victim assistance program. Police know better than to make a victim feel guilty for being one.


As if phishing scams aren’t worrisome enough, there’s another new twist to keep you awake at night: pharming.

Pharming’s a bit like phishing, but harder to detect. Phishing is when someone sends you an email claiming to be from eBay, Paypal or a bank or another company with which you do business. The emails includes a clickable link that takes you to a Web site designed to look like it belongs to the business. Once there, you’re urged to provide information ranging from account and social security numbers to passwords.

To avoid falling victim to a phishing scam, all you have to do is avoid clicking on the hot link and filling out the requested information. Pharming is different in that it actually implants software into the recipient’s computer itself or corrupts servers directing Internet traffic so that legitimate traffic is sent to fake addresses.

Pharming works because it replaces the numerical address of the site you are trying to reach with a fake one that takes you to another site mirroring the authentic one.

 How can you tell if you are on a real site? Try this:

·      Make sure the site displays a padlock symbol.

·      Click on the lock symbol.

·      Check the address displayed. Is it the one you are trying to reach?

·      Don’t neglect to check the portion that starts with: http. In this case, it should start as “https.”

The simple act of keeping your antivirus program and firewall up-to-date can go a long way toward preventing pharming.