(These tips are from the pamphlet "50 Ways to Watch Your Car" as distributed by the Texas Automobile Theft Prevention Authority, The North Texas Council of Governments, and The Texas Department of Transportation. For more information call 1-800-CAR-WATCH.)
Not all stolen cars are stripped for parts. Many are resold to unknowing and unsuspecting buyers. If you knowingly buy a stolen car, you can be arrested. If you buy a stolen car unknowingly, you could lose the car and your money. Avoid becoming the car thief's second victim by following these tips.
(These tips are from the pamphlet "Protecting Your Privacy, Keeping an Eye on Your Private Information," that is distributed by the National Crime Prevention Council, 1700 K Street, NW, Second Floor, Washington, DC 20006-3817, see http://www.weprevent.org/, the Bureau of Justice Assistance Office of Justice Programs U.S. Department of Justice, and ADT Security Services.)
Whether you are on the Internet or an online banking program, you are often required to use a password. The worst passwords to use are the ones that come to mind first - name, spouse's name, maiden name, pets, children's names, even street addresses, etc. The best passwords mix numbers with upper and lowercase letters. A password that is not found in a dictionary is even better. There are programs that will try every word in the dictionary in an effort to crack your security.
The weakest link in a security system is the human element. The fewer people who have access to your codes and passwords the better. Avoid breaks in your security by:
Ordering merchandise from the Internet is the trend of the future. You can prevent problems before they occur by: