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HURRICANE FLORENCE AND CYBER THREATS:  WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW


Be aware that cyber threat actors (CTA) generally take advantage of public interest during natural disasters and other high profile events in order to conduct criminal activity.  It is anticipated that there will be numerous attempts to conduct financial fraud and to spread malware during and after disaster relief activities.

In the past CTA's have used links to fake charities and fraudulent websites to solicit donations for victims or to deliver malware during and after high profile events including Hurricanes Harvey, Maria and Matthew and the Boston Marathon.  

How to protect yourself:

  • Use extreme caution when responding to individual pleas for financial assistance, such as those posted on social media, crowd funding websites, or in an email, even if it appears to originate from a trusted source.
  • When making donations, consult the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster website https://www.nvoad.org/ for a list of reputable disaster relief organizations.
  • Be cautious of unsolicited phone calls, emails, or websites that claim to provide information, pictures, and videos.
  • Do not open unsolicited or spam emails or click on the links or attachments in those emails.
  • Never reveal personal or financial information in an email or to an untrusted website.
  • Do not go to an untrusted or unfamiliar website to view the event or information regarding it.
  • Malicious websites often imitate a legitimate website, but the URL may use a variation in spelling or a different domain (e.g., .com vs .org).  The .org extension is only for non-profit organizations and is more likely to be a legitimate website.
  • If you believe you have received scam email, please report it to report.spam@nc.gov.

 

 

DISPOSE OF YOUR UNUSED/UNWANTED PRESCRIPTION MEDICATIONS ON OCTOBER 27, 2018 




 

  HALLOWEEN SAFETY TIPS

 

 

To ensure that your children have a safe Halloween, please make sure that they observe the following guidelines:

  • Always go trick-or-treating with a grownup.
  • Visit only neighborhoods that you know.
  • Make sure your costume lets you move, see, and hear easily.
  • Wear a light-colored or bright costume so drivers can see you.
  • Put reflective patches or strips on your costume.
  • Carry a flashlight or glow stick.
  • Stay in well-lit areas.
  • Watch out for cars.
  • Have your parents check your candy before you eat it.

 

 

 

 

Shop with a Cop is a one-on-one experience designed to have uniformed officers spend a day of shopping and socializing with underprivileged students in Pineville during the Christmas season. The children are partnered with officers to shop for toys and clothing of their choice. This program is also developed to form a relationship between officers and the community, but most importantly the program allows underprivileged children to have a Christmas they otherwise might not enjoy.

Every child deserves to have a Christmas no matter what the situation may be. That’s why this year the Pineville Police Department, in partnership with Pineville Neighbors Place, is excited to continue our Christmas program, Shop with a Cop.  This program has been utilized in other communities around the Charlotte area.  For the past 3 years, we have received an overwhelming response from our businesses enabling us to help more than 250 people who truly needed it.

We will select children from the Pineville community by means of the Pineville Elementary School. With the help of teachers, community leaders, and other citizens we will identify children who would be good candidates for the program and send home applications to be filled out by parents. Once the applications are received we will select those children who best qualify. The total number of children selected will be decided based on the funds available.

With generous donations from local businesses we will provide the children with enough money to buy clothing and toys.  Each child will be given a specified amount of money (dependent on the total amount raised) to be used for clothing and gifts.  The Officer partnered with the child will ensure that the money is spent wisely.

We know that as a business owner you are often asked to help with charities and special events. We hope that you can see what a good cause this is and rest assured knowing 100% of your donation will go to the children of our community. We ask that you consider a donation to help a child have a great Christmas. 

 

***Corporate and Individual donations are greatly appreciated and tax deductible***

Donation Levels:

Chief Level - $1,000 or more

Captain Level - $700 - $999

Lieutenant Level - $400 - $699

Sergeant Level - $200 - $399

Corporal Level - $100 - $199

Officer Level - $50 - $99

 

If meeting a donation level is not feasible, any donation that can be made is greatly appreciated.  Please mail your donation by October 15 so we can determine the number of children we can help.

 

Checks should be made payable to Pineville Neighbors Place   attn: SWAC  and mailed to: 

Pineville Neighbors Place

PO Box 986

Pineville, NC  28134

Pineville Neighbors Place is a 501c3 nonprofit.  Your gift will be tax deductible.

 

If you would like to speak with us, you can contact one of our Shop With a Cop Officers either by phone at (704) 889-2231 or email:

 

                                            Officer Kimel      hkimel@pinevillenc.gov

                                            Officer Malin     amalin@pinevillenc.gov

 

Or contact the Executive Director of Pineville Neighbors Place:

Jane Shutt     jane@pinevilleneighbors.org       704.972.8722

                                           

If you prefer to donate new toys in the original wrapping, you may call us for a pickup or drop off the toys at:

Pineville Neighbors Place

10725 Industrial Drive

Pineville, NC  28134

Monday-Thursday, 9am-12noon

 

Donated toys will be used for a special Christmas shopping experience for families at Sterling Elementary.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The FBI Charlotte Division, CMPD, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, and the Chiefs of Pineville, Cornelius, Huntersville, Matthews, and Mint Hill have joined forces to educate students to Think Before You Post, in an effort to eliminate the posting of hoax threats to institutions.  Law enforcement officers spend countless hours investigating threats to determine their credibility.  Schools lose precious learning time responding to these threats.  And most importantly, a young person can ruin their future by making a hoax school threat.

What Should you Do to Help?


  • Don't ever post or send any hoax threats....period!
  • If you are a target of an online threat, alert your local law enforcement immediately.
  • If you see a threat of violence posted on social media, immediately contact local law enforcement or your local FBI office.
  • Notify authorities, but don't share or forward the threat until law enforcement has had a chance to investigate - this can spread misinformation and cause panic.
  • If you are a parent or family member, know that some young people post these threats online as a cry for attention or as a way to get revenge or exert control.  Talk to your child about the proper outlet for their stress or other emotions, and explain the importance of responsible social media use and the consequences of posting hoax threats.

 

 

 704-889-TIPS

 

The Pineville Police Department has set up a dedicated phone line that will allow community members  to report criminal activity anonymously.  These tips can be related to any kind of criminal activity, not just drug complaints.  You will not be required to provide your name or telephone number when reporting suspicious or criminal activity.  

 

 

KEEP YOUR VEHICLE LOCKED

 


According to the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration), a motor vehicle is broken into ever 45 seconds in the United States.  40 to 50% of these thefts are caused by owner error (leaving a car unlocked).  Whenever you vacate your car, whether it is to run into a store, drop by a friend's house, or park it at home for the night be sure to lock your car.

 

 

 

 

The Pineville town-wide speed limit is 35 mph, unless otherwise noted.  The speed limit is 20 mph on Main Street.  The Pineville Police Department will be strictly enforcing these limits.  Be sure to observe the posted limits if you do not wish to receive a ticket.

 

 



Dial 911 for
Emergencies

Pineville Police
427 Main Street
Pineville, NC 28134

Non-Emergency:
(704)-889-2231

Anonymous Tip Line:

704-889 TIPS (704-889-8477)