Neighbors Naturescaping

May 2, 2018 in Current News

The following post is from: Safety & Security

Check out the Neighbors Naturescaping Kick-Off Meeting on May 16th at 5:30 pm. It is hosted by Bright Side St. Louis, a volunteer organization at 4646 Shenandoah Ave, St. Louis, MO 63110. You can click here for directions.

This program is available to local community native gardens, neighborhood associations, community groups, block units, nonprofits, and schools. Learn how to apply for up to $1,500 for native perennials, grasses, shrubs, trees, and bulbs, as well as hardscape materials and gardening tools.

Coffee Talk

May 2, 2018 in Current News

The following post is from: Safety & Security

This reoccurring event is facilitated by local law enforcement. Tomorrow’s event will be in Forest Park Southeast. You can click here for directions.

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License Plate Tag Theft, Part 2

March 29, 2018 in Current News

The following post is from: Safety & Security

A little over a year ago, another intern here wrote a great post about what to do if your license plate, or the tag on your plate, get stolen. You can check out that post by clicking here.

Unfortunately FPSE has been getting reports again that license plate tags are being stolen. A member of the community reported that it looks like someone went up and down an alley near Arco & Gibson and took the tags off every vehicle they could. So, here’s what you can do:

First and foremost, check your car. See if your tags are up to date and still on your vehicle.

If your tag is stolen, please contact the police. If you are ticketed for expired plates, filing a report that your tags are stolen can prevent a $100 fine from the city.

If your tag is stolen, and you have contacted the police, order new tags. If you can, order these “enhanced” tags that make it more difficult for people to steal. If your tags are about to expire, you will be getting these enhanced tags when you go to the DMV. If you want these tags now, they are about $12 ($8.50 plus a $3.50 fee).

If your tag is not stolen, consider replacing the tags with the enhanced tag version. If you cannot afford to do that, here’s another tip: score the tag on your plates with a sharp knife, razor, X-Acto knife, or something similar. This makes it more difficult for people to pull off without ripping the tag into pieces. The downside is that that tactic works best when it’s the only tag on your plate. If you have a bunch of tags on top of each other, the tags could simply fall off.

Consider parking elsewhere. Park your car in a public-viewing area, garage, where a camera points at it, or where a neighbor can keep an eye on it. Dark, quiet alleys that get almost no foot traffic are a higher risk because the thieves know they do not have to worry about witnesses and have access to many cars at once.

I have one last bit of advice for you – How to correctly install a license plate tag:

  1. Remove previous tag(s)
  2. Clean the area with a paper towel and some cleaning agent
    1. glass cleaner works well, so do disinfectant wipes
  3. let the area dry or wipe down with a dry cloth, otherwise the adhesive might not stick to the plate
  4. add the new sticker
    1. if this is the enhanced version, you’re done!
    2. if this is the normal version, score the sticker with a knife and you’re good to go!

Block Captain Application

January 16, 2018 in Current News

The following post is from: Safety & Security

Apply to be a block captain today! Simply download and fill out the attached form and email it to fpsesafe@gmail.com. Or, you can print it off and either mail it to us or drop it off at 4400 Chouteau Ave, St. Louis, MO 63110. We’re always looking for more people to help us make communities better.

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Passwords

January 10, 2018 in Crime Tips, internet, passwords, websites

The following post is from: Safety & Security

How long has it been since you changed your passwords?

Unless you work in an industry where cyber security is a top priority, the typical person should change their passwords every 180 days or about twice a year.

Why should I change my passwords?

The internet has become a hub for just about everything. You can stay in contact with friends and family, exchange information with coworkers and employers, order electronics, buy groceries, and more. Websites most people use include Facebook, Amazon, and Netflix. All of these websites store personal information, such as full names, home and workplace addresses, phone numbers, and bank account information. Leaving this information vulnerable online can leave you vulnerable.

What is a good password?

A good password is a mixture of a bunch of variables. You need to be able to remember it or store it somewhere safe. Safe locations to store a password include written on paper in a locked drawer or secure location, a password vault app, and an encrypted file. It is not safe to store passwords on your computer in a text document, on a sticky note by your computer, or a digital notepad on your phone.

A good password is not a word or phrase you use frequently, shorter than 8 characters (letters, numbers, or symbols), and all the same capitalization. Do not include the word “password” in your password. Good passwords have 8 or more characters, and are a mixture of capital letters, lower case letters, numbers, and symbols.

You can also make your password numerous words long if words are easier for you to remember than a stream of characters. If you have trouble coming up with a new, unique password, simply search for a “strong password generator” on your preferred search engine. There are many free websites that will provide you with a random selection of characters.

Here are some examples of a good password:

  • mr4AX9ZjAq
  • #XuxmQv9F9
  • *Wolf1Confuse2Division3House4!
  • TokyoJack#Skype@56

Notice that some of these password examples are gibberish and others contain English. If you know a second language, you can use a combination of English and non-English words or only use non-English. If you use non-English, it’s still important to use a variety of characters.