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These dangers go beyond just physical harm. Numerous cybercriminals and scammers are also targeting police officers online due to the ease with which personal information can be used online and the rise in web traffic brought on by the pandemic. Officers may not be able to completely eliminate these threats, but there are many things you can do to lessen the risk to the people you care about and yourself. Here are seven measures you can take to safeguard your family from financial, psychological, and physical dangers both offline and online. It should go without saying that the first step in ensuring your personal safety at home is to secure your possessions and property. Investing in a monitored home security system is the best way to ensure that you, your family, and your property are safe from threats at home. You will always have access to your home’s visitors if you have a security system. Avoid disclosing your address, secure your house with doors, windows, locks, etc., and purchase scheduled personal property coverage to further protect your possessions from trespassers. Be discrete both at home and online. Keep a low profile to prevent any threats to your home or family. Avoid using overt symbols that might suggest a police officer lives in your house when you’re there. Avoid driving marked vehicles home or leaving them parked in your driveway, dress normally when not on duty, and ask reliable neighbors to keep an eye out for shady drivers and pedestrians. Online: Avoid posting your badge number or department name anywhere. Never divulge any personal information to anyone online and be wary of posting any pictures of yourself in your uniform on any personal profiles.

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