Senior Deputy Sheriff Adrian Rogers was presented the Top Producer award in the Florida Click It or Ticket Challenge.
What is the Florida Click It or Ticket Challenge?
It is an event sponsored by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) designed to encourage Law Enforcement Agencies to increase efforts in occupant protection enforcement and create awareness for safety belt usage within their communities. The goal is to reduce traffic crash fatalities and traffic crash injury severity by the increase of safety belt and child restraint usage.
Adrian's award specifically was for being the Top Producer for our agency out of all three CIOT enforcement waves in 2014. Each year through the CIOT Challenge, the Law Enforcement Liaison Program funded by the Florida Department of Transportation recognizes one Officer or Deputy from each agency that participates in CIOT for being that agency's Top Producer.
Undersheriff Noel Stephen stated, "It is employees like Adrian, who are self motivated and dedicated, that make our streets safer for our traveling motorist. We have several guys and gals like Adrian, that make the Sheriff and I look great and make us proud."
(Pictured: Sr. D/S Rogers and Charles Kane, DUI Challenge Coordinator)
Tips for Smart & Safe Credit Card Use During the Holidays
Online Holiday Shopping-Online shopping has grown in popularity recently. In fact, I do a great deal of my holiday shopping online. It's easy and convenient to shop from the comfort of your own home. However, make sure that you shop safe when you use your credit card online.
- Avoid Using a Debit Card Online-Even with debit protections, if your number is stolen, the money is taken immediately from your checking account. Getting it put back can be difficult.
- Use Only One Credit Card when Shopping Online-Choose one credit card and designate it for online purchases. That way, you can limit the damage if the number is stolen. You don't have to try and chase down multiple cards.
- Consider Third-Party Payment Processors. Instead of giving out your credit card number to various sites, consider using a third-party payment processor. Examples include PayPal and Google checkout. Your credit card can be linked to that account, and you don't have to enter it in each time you make an online purchase.
- Update Your Security Software. Before you begin, make sure all of your computer's software is working properly, and updated with the latest anti-virus, firewall and anti-malware software.
- Make Sure the Site is Secure. Before you enter your personal financial information, double-check the site's security. Make sure you are on a secure form, and don't do business on sites you are unfamiliar with. Look for the "s" at the end of "http" in the web address, or check to see if the form is secured by a company like VeriSign.
- State Away from Contests. Rather than actually "winning" something, clicking on those ads that pop up might actually result in infecting your computer.
In your car
- Don't drive without first locking your doors and closing your windows.
- When walking out to your car, try not to do it alone. Go with a friend, or when there is another group walking out as well.
- Walk to your car with a purpose.
- Do not exit your car if you see a suspicious situation. If you are in doubt, or are approached, drive away.
- If you are being followed, go to a populated public place and call the police.
- Do not let anyone approach you on foot, while in the drive through ATM machine.
- Avoid shortcuts that take you through unfamiliar or unsafe areas.
- When stopped in traffic, leave enough room between your car and the one in front of you, in the event you need to pull away quickly.
Crime Prevention Tips
- Have your keys out and ready when approaching your vehicle.
- Be aware of how you carry your purse or wallet. Would it be easy for someone to take it? Remove any unnecessary items and leave them at hom.e
- Try to carry only the amount of cash you will need to make your purchases and limit the number of credit cards to only the ones necessary for your current shopping trip or for that day.
- Keep a list of all credit cards, along with contact phone numbers for each card and keep it in a safe place. This will help in the event they are lost or stolen.
- Discuss various situations with your children. What will they do if you are separated? What will they do if approached by a stranger? What will you do?
Practice an exercise used often by police and military called Crisis Rehearsal. Consider what you would do in various stressful situations. Go through the plan in your mind. If you practice this and then are faced with an unusual situation, you will be able to think more clearly and react more calmly because you have already rehearsed it.
- Shop during daylight hours when possible & shop with a friend – safety in numbers
- Be aware of your surroundings. Pay attention to who is around you, what they are doing and what activities are going on. Be aware of someone watching you, or following you – you should notice who is around you.
- Don’t overload your arms with packages and bags while shopping. Clear visibility and freedom of movement are important self protection habits.
- Pick your parking spot wisely. Look for a well lit area. If you own a small car, try not to park next to a large vehicle, which can block your vision, or other citizen’s view of you while you are entering or exiting your vehicle.
- Do not leave your vehicle unattended while the engine is running, even if you are only going to be away from it mere seconds.