FOCUS: Bullying

Stop the Bully

Use these four steps of action to stop the bully

  1. Ignore
    • Ignore the bully. Do not respond to their actions. Hold back the anger and never get physical.
  2. Walk Away
    • Walk away from the situation quickly. Avoid making contact with the bully.
  3. Say “Stop”
    • Look the bully in the eyes, stand tall, and tell the bully to “please stop.”
  4. Get Help
    • If the bully won’t stop, tell an adult. Talk to a teacher, family, of friends. Let someone know you are being bullied

What is a Bully?

Bullies…

  • Come in all sizes.
  • Can be a boy or girl.
  • Thrive on power.
  • Are mean to others.
  • Control their victims.
  • Are selfish.
  • Hurth others
  • Want things their way.
  • Are aggressive.

Types of Bullying

There are three major ways a person can bully.

  1. Physical Bullying:
    • Pushing
    • Kicking Hitting
    • Pinching
    • Breaking Stuff
  2. Verbal Bullying:
    • Teasing
    • Name Calling
    • Insults
    • Threats
  3. Emotional Bullying:
    • Exclusion
    • Tormenting
    • Rumors
    • Humiliation

Anti-Bullying Pledge

I promise not to be mean or pick on others. I will treat my friends and classmates with respect and stick up for them if they are being bullied. Sticking up for someone is the right thing to do.

FOCUS: Child passenger safety

According to NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration), car crashes are the number one killer of children ages one to 12 in the United States.

  • 40% of children who should be in a child restraint are not in one
  • 80% of child restraints are installed incorrectly
  • Every 12 minutes, one person is killed in a motor vehicle crash. Properly used rear-facing car seats reduce the risk of death during a crash by 71%.
  • Properly used forward-facing car seats reduce the risk of death during a crash by 54%.

Arizona Law 28-907: Effective August 2, 2012, all children under 8 and 4’9” are required to be secured in a child restraint. The seat must meet appropriate height and weight specifications for the child. Click here for information on this law. 

  • Every child under 8 years old must in an appropriate child safety seat. Child safety seat includes infant seats, convertible seats, forward facing seats or other federally approved safety devices.
  • Every child from 8 to 16 years old who are not secured in a car seat must be secured in the vehicle's seat belt.
  • Protect your child as they ride! The back seat is the safest. Children under 13 years old should always ride in the back seat.

Infant Passenger Safety

  • Infants should ride rear-facing until they are at least 1 year old AND weigh 20 pounds.
  • When they outgrow their infant carrier they can ride rear-facing in a convertible seat.
  • Keeping children rear-facing until 30-35 pounds, as most convertible seats allow, is the safest for your child.

Toddlers and Pre-schoolers

  • Toddlers and pre-schoolers ride in a forward-facing car seat with a harness until child is at least 40 pounds or until they reach the seat's height and weight limit. See label on seat. This includes convertible seats and combination toddler booster seats with a harness.

Booster Seats

  • Children are ready for a BOOSTER SEAT when they weigh over 40 pounds and are 5 years or older.
  • Booster seats help position your child so the lap/shoulder seat belt fits them correctly. With a booster seat, the lap belt fits over their hips and touches the top of their legs and the shoulder belt is centered on the shoulder and chest and not across their face and neck.
  • A backless booster can be used if the seats of your car are high and your child’s head does not go above the seat.
  • A high-back booster is needed if the seats of your car are not high and do not have head restraints (headrests).
  • Children should ride in a BOOSTER SEAT until they are at least 8 years old and are 4'9" or taller.  

CERTIFIED CHILD PASSENGER SAFETY TECHNICIANS ARE AVAILABLE TO HELP YOU. FOR INFORMATION OR ASSISTANCE WITH A CAR SEAT, CONTACT THE COMMUNITY RESOURCE UNIT AT (520) 382-2051. 

FOCUS: Distracted Driving

What is distracted driving?

Distracted driving is any activity that can distract a driver from paying attention to traffic and adhering to the rules of the road.

  • Talking on a hands-free device
  • Talking on a hand-held device
  • Passenger distractions
  • Manually operating an electronic device such as adjusting the radio, texting, etc.
  • Other distractions inside the vehicle such as eating, drinking, etc.
  • Outside the vehicle distractions

Statistics according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

  • 3,477 people killed in 2015
  • 391,00 people injured in 2015
  • 2.2% of drivers are text messaging or visibly manipulating handheld devices
  • 3.8% of drivers are holding phones to their ears while driving
  • 0.6% of drivers are speaking with visible headsets on while driving
  • Cell phone use is highest among 16-24 years old

Stay Focused, Marana

Be safe and save lives by never texting or talking on the phone while driving.

Even passengers can help. Speak up if the driver in the vehicle is distracted.

Encourage drivers to drive distraction-free

Pull over to a safe area to make a call, or ask a passenger to make the call for you. 

Organize your things before driving and avoid multitasking. Have your passengers help you with non-driving related tasks.

 

 

 

FOCUS: Leasing Office Safety

Your Safety is #1!

Material Items Can Be Replaced – People Cannot

Coming to Work

  • Look outside before leaving the house.
  • If you have an alarm, make sure you set it.
  • Have your keys ready and don’t forget to lock the door.
  • This includes the door between the house and garage.
  • Be Alert & Aware of your surroundings while walking to your vehicle.
  • Once inside the vehicle, lock all of the doors before turning the key.
  • Vary your route occasionally.
  • If you live alone, make sure a close friend or relative knows your schedule and the make, model, year and license plate number of your vehicle.

When You Arrive

  • Pay close attention to the office and the surrounding area as you drive up.
  • Does everything ‘look normal’?
  • If you are the first person to arrive each day, make sure everything still looks secure before exiting your vehicle.
  • If the door or a window is open and no other employees should be there yet, DO NOT enter the building.
  • Stay in your vehicle and call the office – if an employee answers, ask if it is safe to enter and why the building is not secure.  If there is no answer, Call the Police!
  • If everything is okay and you can enter, lock your vehicle and set the alarm before going into the office.
  • Once inside, check all of the doors and windows to make sure everything is still locked.
  • Be sure to lock the front door behind you until opening time or until the next employee arrives.
  • If the office appears to have been burglarized, EXIT immediately and call the Police – DO NOT touch anything.

General Safety During the Day

  • Wear an ID that shows that you are an employee.
  • Polo shirts with your property logo are great.
  • Police need to be able to tell employees from residents during critical incidents.
  • Don’t forget the maintenance staff.
  • Avoid wearing expensive jewelry.
  • Never leave valuables in plain sight.
  • Don’t give out personal information.
  • Have a code word for the office.
  • Listen to your instincts.
  • Look up and greet everyone as they walk through the door.
  • Be sure someone knows which unit you are going to show, what time you left, and how long it should take.
  • If something goes wrong, get away, call the Police, be a good witness – Don’t try to ‘take care of it’ yourself.

Working with Residents

  • Know your residents.
  • Communicate with them.
  • Do not give out personal information.
  • Always remain professional.
  • Stay calm when faced with an angry resident.
  • Showing anger only escalates the situation.
  • Try to calm the other person down.
  • Record conversations that may be misinterpreted.
  • Let the resident know that you will be recording this interaction in an effort to protect both of you.
  • Document EVERYTHING!
  • If you feel fear, call the police.
  • Listen to your instincts.
  • Be a good witness, not a hero!

Working with Prospects

  • Be very clear about background checks.
  • Be very clear about the Crime Free Lease Addendum.
  • Explain other property rules clearly: Parking, Pets, Noise, etc.
  • Post signage that shows the property rules.
  • No cash accepted.
  • Must have Photo ID to tour units.
  • Make sure you have their ID and that the picture actually matches the person in front of you.
  • Open the door and let them enter the unit first.
  • Never turn your back on a person you are showing a unit to.
  • Stay close to an exit door – Keep it OPEN.
  • Walk outside and wait for them to come out when done.

Going to the Bank

  • Do not accept cash.
  • Collect checks from the drop slot first thing in the morning, right after lunch, and before you leave.
  • Do Not use a marked bank bag to carry your deposit.
  • Go INSIDE the bank to make the deposit.
  • Vary the following:
    • Day of Week
    • Day of Month
    • Time of Day
    • Bank Location
    • Your Route
  • Be Alert & Aware of your surroundings at all times.

Heading Home!

  • Use the buddy system.
  • If possible, try not to leave any employee by themselves.
  • Double check that ALL windows and doors are locked.
  • Close the blinds – Remember… Out of Sight, Out of Mind!
  • Look around outside before you open the door to leave.
  • Have your keys ready and in your hand before walking out.
  • Listen to your instincts – don’t be afraid to go back in.
  • Be Alert & Aware – does anything look suspicious?
  • Once inside your vehicle, lock the doors.
  • Vary your route home occasionally.

Your Community Resource Officer

David Danielson (520) 382-2051

ddanielson@maranaaz.gov

 

 

 

 

FOCUS: Stolen Car Batteries

Batteries are being stolen out of the engine compartments of various makes and models of vehicles. Follow these instructions to reduce the event of theft: 

  • Remove batteries from large commercial vehicles that are stationary for extended periods.
  • Record the brand and any other significant identifiers found on your batteries—Pictures are great for identification too.
  • Mark batteries with a Driver’s License or State ID Number— Be careful not to damage the battery or it’s label—Use a neon-colored fingernail polish or similar paint.
  • Keep vehicles locked to restrict access to the hood latch.
  • Install motion sensor lights in parking areas.
  • Install exterior cameras in parking areas.
  • Park in well-lit areas.

Report ALL Suspicious Activity Around Vehicles! Call the Marana Police Department's Non-Emergency:

(520) 682-4032

To Report a Crime In Progress Dial 9-1-1

FOCUS: Protect Your Gas

Rising Gas Prices Can Result in Increased Gas Theft / Siphoning from Vehicles

Taking these steps will help decrease your chances of becoming victimized:

  • Park in a locked garage. If possible, consider purchasing a locking gas cap.
    • Available anywhere they sell auto parts/supplies.
  • Park where your vehicle can be seen by others.
  • Choose a well-lit area, NOT remote or hidden such as behind a business.
  • Make sure doors and windows are closed and locked.
    • Never leave anything of value in your vehicle.
  • If you see any suspicious activity around vehicles, call the police at (520) 682-4032 or 911. 

Also remember, NEVER leave children or pets unattended in your vehicle or without the air conditioning on, even for a short time, as the heat rapidly rises in an enclosed area and can cause severe harm or death.

FOCUS: Lock It or Lose It

We would like to give you a few steps to help reduce the possibility of you becoming a victim of crimes of opportunity.

These steps will also help reduce crime in your neighborhood.

  • ALWAYS be aware of your surroundings
  • ALWAYS secure your garage door
  • ALWAYS lock your vehicle
  • DO NOT leave valuables or firearms in vehicles
  • Verify ALL outside lighting is functional
  • Report ANY and ALL suspicious activity
  • Non-emergency (520)682-4032
  • TAKE Your keys
  • REMOVE Your valuables
  • LOCK Your vehicle

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FOCUS: Scams

Nothing is FREE!

If it seems too good to be true... it probably is.

There are many scams going around, and we want you to be on the alert so you don’t become a victim. The best defense is awareness.

Some of the current scams involve:

Grandson Scam

Someone calls in the middle of the night claiming to be your child or grandchild and asks you to wire money because they are ill, have been arrested, or have car trouble. Hang up and call the phone number you know for them or another relative to confirm they are okay. DO NOT send money. This is a SCAM!

Alarm Systems

Do not let anyone into your home to ‘check’ your system unless you called them. Check with your local Better Business Bureau to assure you have chosen a reputable company. Do not tell someone who comes to your door if you do or do not have an alarm. Don’t let someone put a sign in your yard unless you have purchased an alarm from the company that gives you the sign.

Lottery or Contest Winner

You do not have to “pay” to receive winnings from a legitimate contest if you entered one. Never accept a check that you are asked to deposit and then return part of the money to the sender. Usually you did not even enter this contest or lottery. These are a SCAM!

Pest Control

The Town of Marana does not offer this service!

Water System Check-Up

The Town of Marana will not ask to come into your home to ‘check’ your water or it’s quality.

Bank Account Text Messages

Do not call the number back if they text you that they have a problem with your account. Instead, call your bank using the number on the back of your debit or credit card or at the bottom of one of your personal checks or statement and tell them that you have received a text message like this.

Distraction Tactics

  1.  A woman with a child knocks on your door and asks to use the bathroom. The woman then steals medication out of your medicine cabinet or other valuables that are out in the open. Instead of letting them in, offer to call the police for them if they truly need assistance or services.
  2. Someone knocks on your door and asks you to come outside so they can ‘check your water’ or other issues. Once you go out and follow them to the back, their partner, who you have not yet seen, runs in the front door and burglarizes your home. Instead of going out, tell them that you will need to call & verify first. Close and lock your door, then call (520) 382-2570 to verify. If they quickly leave, call Marana Police at 911 to report this and give a good description of the person and their vehicle.

Rules of Thumb for Your Safety:

Do not give anyone personal information unless you made the initial contact.

Do not let anyone you don’t know into your home for any reason. If you called them, ask for picture ID. Do not answer questions about your home or schedule from someone at your door.

If a stranger knocks on your door, simply yell out, “We are busy, please go away!”

Do not let anyone pressure you into making a decision “today, because the offer is ending”.

Do not give solicitors any money, checks, etc. to “hold” or to “order materials”.

Keep a cordless phone or cell phone with you when you are in your yard.

Look for the vehicle they are driving, license plate, and any identifying marks or signage for description. Be Alert and Aware when out shopping - be sure no one follows you home.

Keep your doors locked, especially if you are on the other side of the house or in the yard or garage.

Additional current scams involve:

Medicare Card Update

Someone calls stating they are from Social Security and tells you that due to the new Obamacare Medical program, they need to send you a new Medicaid/Medicare Card. They ask you to verify your name, address, and telephone number. Do Not give out this personal information over the phone to anyone who calls you. The next question they ask you is, “Which bank do you have your Social Security check deposited to?” Never give anyone this type of information! This is a SCAM!

Utility Fee Rebate

Someone calls and tells you they have rebates available to give money back to the residents of Marana due to an overcharge on their utility (water) bills. There is NO available rebate for charges on utility (water) bills. Do not give them any information regarding your name or address. This is a SCAM!

Door-to-Door Salespeople

In Marana, it is required that all Door-to-Door Salespeople and Solicitors have a current Solicitors License with them when knocking on doors. They cannot say, “It’s in my car” or “It’s back at my office”, they must have it in their possession at all times. It is best not to engage in any type of conversation with them and NEVER let them into your home. These are often SCAM’s and it is difficult to know if they have a legitimate business or not. Therefore, it’s best to say you are not interested and close the door. Remember, never give out personal information either.

Panhandlers

Panhandlers will often approach people when they are walking through parking lots of businesses and ask for money. Panhandling is illegal in Marana. Occasionally, a person looking to do a robbery will pretend to be a panhandler and when the person opens their purse or wallet, they will grab ALL of the money and run away. If someone approaches you and asks for money, just tell them you do not have anything, but will be happy to call the Police to get them some assistance! Mesa Police have many resources to assist the needy.

Medical Lab Home Visits

If someone comes to your door unexpectedly and states that your doctor, or their lab, has ordered an emergency test for you and they are there to collect blood or urine samples, Do Not let them in your home. Do Not give them any personal information including your name or doctor’s name. Close and lock the door and call your doctor’s office to verify and notify them that this has occurred. If the doctor’s office confirms that they did not send anyone, call the Marana Police at (520)-682-4032 and report this suspicious activity. This is a SCAM that is used to get into your home so they can burglarize it (medicine, jewelry, cash) while you are in the bathroom.

Rules of Thumb for Your Safety:

The Social Security Administration does not call you to verify information: They will communicate with you by mail only, unless you contact them by telephone.

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) does not call you to verify information: They will communicate with you by mail only, unless you contact them by telephone.

Banks do not call you to verify information—They will communicate with you by mail only, unless you contact them by telephone or sign up at your bank to receive text messages or e-mail alerts about your account. When in doubt, call your bank using the phone number listed on the back of your ATM or credit card, personal check, or bank statement, never use an unknown number given to you by an unverified person who has called you.

Doctor offices will always notify you directly if they need you to get any lab work done. They will not randomly send someone to your home unannounced. If you need to have the lab come to your home, you will schedule that yourself or through your Dr.’s office. Be sure to mark the date and time on your calendar. Always request a Photo I.D. from the person when they arrive at your home to confirm they are the one you scheduled.

MARANA POLICE DEPARTMENT NON-EMERGENCY NUMBER: (520) 682-4032