National Prescription Drug Take Back

 

The City of De Soto has, for the last several years maintained a drop box location for unused or expired medications in the lobby of City Hall.  Each year we participate with the nationwide Drug Take Back Day and encourage our citizens to take advantage of this day to drop off to us your unused or expired medications.  This year we will again participate with the National Take Back Day.  On Saturday April 29th, 2017 we encourage you to bring your unused and expired prescription medication to City Hall and let us dispose of it in a safe manner.  As a reminder we cannot take:

Aerosol Containers

Syringes

As always you can drop your medications in the lobby of City Hall, 24 hrs a day 7 days a week.

 

Press Release- Stolen Vehicle

On 4/4/2017 our agency took a report of a Stolen Vehicle that happen at Mueller Motors in De Soto.  On 4/7/2017 we received a report that a possible suspect was located at a house near Valley Street and 3rd Street in De Soto.  When officers arrived at the area we were unable to locate the suspect.  Officers began canvassing and located on Hwy 110 just outside the City of De Soto a male subject resembling the suspect in the theft.  This suspect was arrested on an outstanding warrant from another agency and brought back to the De Soto Police Department.  We appreciate the attention that our citizen had to this matter in reporting it and the officers who were able to take this subject into custody without further incident.  Charges will be sought against this person for Tampering with a motor vehicle.  The vehicle was recovered by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office later in the evening.

Project Child Safe-Free Gunlocks

Our agency is happy to partner with Project Child Safe.  Project ChildSafe is a program of the National Shooting Sports Foundation to promote firearm safety and education. Project Child Safe is committed to promoting genuine firearm safety through the distribution of safety education messages and free firearm safety kits to communities across the U.S. and we are happy to help spread the word and the free gun locks.  For more information on Project Child Safe click the image below to be forwarded to their website.  Free gunlocks can be picked up at the De Soto Police Department 24 hrs a day 7 days a week.

Project ChildSafe

St Patricks DWI Enforcement

Local Police across the region will be out in force as part of the annual nationwide St Patricks Day Holiday Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over substance-impaired driving crackdown.  The crackdown will include high visibility enforcement throughout Jefferson County and De Soto, will run from March 16-19, 2017.

The effective nationwide substance–impaired driving crackdown will include high-visibility enforcement, high-profile events, and will be supported by national paid advertising, creating a comprehensive campaign to curb substance–impaired driving over the St. Patrick’s Day holiday.

De Soto Police said its officers will be aggressively looking for substance–impaired drivers during the crackdown and will arrest anyone caught driving impaired.

Chief Rick Draper says that “driving impaired isn’t worth the risk or the dangers, a life is too precious and we will do everything in our power to find those who choose to drive impaired on our streets”.

For more information, visit the www.saveMOlives.com.

Identity Theft

Identity (ID) theft is a crime where a thief steals your personal information, such as your full name or social security number, to commit fraud. The identity thief can use your information to fraudulently apply for credit, file taxes, or get medical services. These acts can damage your credit status, and cost you time and money to restore your good name. You may not know that you are the victim of ID theft until you experience a financial consequence (mystery bills, credit collections, denied loans) down the road from actions that the thief has taken with your stolen identity.

There are several common types of identity theft that can affect you:

  • Child ID theft – Children’s IDs are vulnerable because the theft may go undetected for many years. By the time they are adults, the damage has already been done to their identities.
  • Tax ID theft – A thief uses your social security number to falsely file tax returns with the Internal Revenue Service or state government.
  • Medical ID theft – This form of ID theft happens when someone steals your personal information, such as your Medicare ID or health insurance member number to get medical services, or to issue fraudulent billing to your health insurance provider.
  • Senior ID theft – ID theft schemes that target seniors. Seniors are vulnerable to ID theft because they are in more frequent contact with medical professionals who get their medical insurance information, or caregivers and staff at long-term care facilities that have access to personal information or financial documents.
  • Social ID theft – A thief uses your name, photos, and other personal information to create a phony account on a social media platform.

Take steps to protect yourself from identity theft:

  • Secure your social security number (SSN). Don’t carry your social security card in your wallet or write your number on your checks. Only give out your SSN when absolutely necessary.
  • Don’t respond to unsolicited requests for personal information (your name, birthdate, social security number, or bank account number) by phone, mail, or online.
  • Watch out for “shoulder surfers.” Shield the keypad when typing your passwords on computers and at ATMs.
  • Collect mail promptly. Ask the post office to put your mail on hold when you are away from home for several days.
  • Pay attention to your billing cycles. If bills or financial statements are late, contact the sender.
  • Review your receipts. Promptly compare receipts with account statements. Watch for unauthorized transactions.
  • Shred receipts, credit offers, account statements, and expired cards, to prevent “dumpster divers” from getting your personal information.
  • Store personal information in a safe place at home and at work.
  • Install firewalls and virus-detection software on your home computer.
  • Create complex passwords that identity thieves cannot guess easily. Change your passwords if a company that you do business with has a breach of its databases
  • Order your credit report once a year and review to be certain that it doesn’t include accounts that you have not opened. Check it more frequently if you suspect someone has gained access to your account information.

Medical identity theft can occur when someone steals your personal identification number to obtain medical care, buy medication, or submit fake claims to your insurer or Medicare in your name. To prevent medical identity theft, you can:

  • Guard your Social Security, Medicare, and health insurance identification numbers. Only give your number to your physician or other approved health care providers.
  • Review your explanation of benefits or Medicare Summary Notice to make sure that the claims match the services you received. Report questionable charges to your health insurance provider or Medicare.
  • Request and carefully review a copy of your medical records for inaccuracies and conditions that you don’t have.

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New look to Water Bill

Did you notice your water bill looks different? Well that’s all that changed. Nothing else changed with the water bill except the look. The city opted for the more cost effective option when sending water bills. Take a look below. This is what it looks like now!!

 

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