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Cyber Shopping Safety

Cyber Shopping Safety

The Westfield Police Department would like to share the following safety tips and reminders for online shopping and package delivery: 

  • Make sure the website you are using is secure. Secure websites will typically have a little padlock in the address bar or the URL will start with “https” with the “s” meaning, “secure.”
  • Use secure payment methods that offer more buyer protection, such as a credit card or PayPal.
  • Be cautious of emails, posts, and fake shopping apps, especially with deals that seem too good to be true. Phishing emails and phony retail apps are made to look like they are from legitimate stores but often contain malware that will steal your personal data. Common signs of imposters include misspellings and webpages that seem unprofessional or lack information.
  • Do not shop using free wi-fi connections in public places.
  • Use strong passwords for your online accounts.
  • Make sure your computers and mobile devices have the latest software updates and security features.
  • When getting a package delivered, always get a tracking number so you know when your package will be shipped.
  • If you are not going to be home when a package arrives, ask a friend or neighbor to pick up your package, have it sent to your work, or require a signature upon delivery.
  • You can also use deterrents such as cameras or visible security system warning signs. Often, the threat of being monitored will stop potential thieves.
  • If you know you’ll be out of town when a package or mail should be delivered, you can request a vacation hold via USPS, FedEx, and UPS.
  • You can arrange to pick your package up from the post office. USPS Package Intercept lets you redirect a package that hasn’t been delivered or released for delivery: https://www.usps.com/manage/package-intercept.htm  
  • If you order often from online retailers like Amazon, be sure to check your delivery options – Amazon offers Amazon Locker pickup locations: https://www.amazon.com/b/?node=6442600011.
  • UPS My Choice allows you to customize your deliveries by adding alerts, hold your packages, deliver to a UPS Access Point (https://www.ups.com/content/us/en/resources/service/access-point-receiver.html), change dates and delivery address, etc. https://www.ups.com/content/us/en/bussol/browse/personal/delivery_options/my_choice.html
  • FedEx Delivery Manager allows you to customize your deliveries; ex. Change time and location of delivery, request a signature upon delivery, or hold your package. http://about.van.fedex.com/blog/keep-the-holidays-happy-and-bright-tips-for-keeping-packages-safe/

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We are accepting pre-applications for one more week for police officer! Visit www.westfield.in.gov/police for more information and for the pre-application! ... See moreSee less

We are accepting pre-applications for one more week for police officer! Visit www.westfield.in.gov/police for more information and for the pre-application!

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FOUND dog - A white female West Highland Terrier was found near the 2600 block of Rollingwood Circle this morning 8/7. She was chipped but officers were unable to locate the owner. She has been taken to the Humane Society for Hamilton County (Indiana). Please contact them to claim! ... See moreSee less

FOUND dog -  A white female West Highland Terrier was found near the 2600 block of Rollingwood Circle this morning 8/7. She was chipped but officers were unable to locate the owner. She has been taken to the Humane Society for Hamilton County (Indiana). Please contact them to claim!

 

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She's actually a West Highland Terrier.