PUBLIC SAFETY BRIEFS – June 14th, 2018

Dangerous applications for kids

In an undercover sting, authorities in Florida recently arrested 21 men accused of soliciting minors – both boys and girls – for sex through the use of social media apps, and officials in California have concerns that these applications may be misused by area youth.

Authorities are urging parents to be aware of just what apps may be on their children’s phones (or tablets) and what some of them may really be used for. While some of the apps may seem innocent – they can be used to expose children to everything from online bullying to unwanted sexual messages. Certain apps can even give your child’s location.

Below are the nine apps authorities say are used by the criminals to lure in children:

BUMBLE is similar to the popular dating app Tinder, however, it requires women to make the first contact. Kids have been known to use Bumble to create fake accounts and falsify their age.

SNAPCHAT is one of the most popular apps of 2018. While the app promises that users can take a photo or a video and it will disappear, recent features added like “stories” allow users to view content for up to 24 hours. Snapchat also allows users to see your location.

KIK allows anyone to contact and directly message your child. Kids can bypass traditional text messaging features. Kik also gives users unlimited access to anyone – anywhere, anytime.

LIVEME is a live-streaming video app that uses geolocation to share videos so users can find out a broadcaster’s exact location. User’s on this one can also earn “coins” as a way to pay minors for photos.

HOLLA is a self-proclaimed “addicting” video chat app that allows users to meet people all over the world in just seconds. Reviewers say they have been confronted with racial slurs, explicit content, and more.

WHISPER is an anonymous social network that promotes sharing secrets with strangers. It also reveals a user’s location so people can meet up.

ASK.FM is known for cyber bullying. The app encourages users to allow anonymous people to ask them questions.

CALCULATOR% falls into the category of “secret” apps – designed to look like other apps on a phone – but one that can hold and hide secret photos, videos, files, and even browser history.

HOT OR NOT encourages users to rate your profile, check out people in their area, and chat with strangers. The goal of this app is to hook up.

The above content was collected and summarized by abc channel 7 WWSB, Sarasota, Fla., and published on its website, www.mysuncoast.com.


Hemet ROCS team members roll up their sleeves

The Hemet ROCS (Restoring Our Community Strategy) Team, which is comprised of police officers and Public Works team received a call that someone had decided to illegally dump a large amount of trash in the 700 block of S. Sanderson Avenue. ROCS responded to the scene and immediately took action. Officers in Hemet can work on quality of life issues in an effort to make Hemet a better place to live. The police department notes that this is an example of “your tax dollars at work.” Meanwhile, the department is asking for the public’s help in catching people who are committing these crimes. If you see illegal dumping, don’t wait, call Hemet police at 951-765-2400.

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