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”.
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.
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!!
The City of De Soto participates in the National Flood Insurance Program. There are new proposed flood maps available for your review. It may be in your best interest to contact your insurance agent to see how this may relate to you.
We have provided you with a Flood Hazard Mapping Fact Sheet which includes contact information if you have any questions
While we understand it may seem minor to some, it is illegal to ride a bicycle on Main Street sidewalks. This ordinance is in place for the protection of customers, business owners and those who could potentially be harmed riding the bike. There is simply not enough space on Main Street to allow for this and in recent weeks our agency has received several complaints. While I agree, our officers have other things to do than stop those riding bikes on Main Street we ask that the community assist us by following the law which prevents it. Our officers will begin enforcing this ordinance until such time that it is no longer a problem.
340.100 of the city ordinance reads, “No person shall ride a bicycle upon a sidewalk within a business district. Whenever any person is riding a bicycle upon a sidewalk, such person shall yield the right-of-way to any pedestrian and shall give audible signal before overtaking and passing such pedestrian.”
With winter right around the corner it is important to remember to check on elderly loved ones and neighbors regularly to ensure that they are taken care of. The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services has a website to check for local Warming Centers. For more information on warming centers near you visit https://ogi.oa.mo.gov/DHSS/warmingCenter/