Almost one in four people over the age of 16 in the United States and Canada now use the Internet, according to a study released by Nielsen Media Research and CommerceNet in 1997. And that's more than twice the number of people who were on line in fall 1995. The survey also found that people who use the Internet are becoming more representative of the population as a whole, as compared to the homogeneous group of young, upscale, and well-educated individuals who surfed the net in its early days.
Here is a resource list of Web sites that offer interesting and useful information for crime prevention initiatives.
Protect Yourself & Your Family
- www.ncmec.org – The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children helps prevent child abduction and sexual exploitation; helps find missing children; and assists victims of child abduction and sexual exploitation, their families, and professionals who serve them.
- www.safekids.org — Safekids provides family safety checklists, tips on keeping kids safe and avoiding accidents.
- www.childabuse.org — The National Committee to Prevent Child Abuse offers parenting tips and a comprehensive annual 50-state survey of child abuse data.
- www.ncpc.org — The National Crime Prevention Coalition provides hundreds of pages of crime prevention and personal safety tips online.
- www.safesurf.com — SafeSurf posts a valuable Web site on child safety on the Internet. Contains information on methods for keeping your child out of harm's way.
- www.weprevent.org — The National Crime Prevention Council's electronic doorway to crime prevention information.
Protect Yourself From Fraud & Cybercrime
- www.cyberangels.org — CyberAngels is an extensive site with comprehensive information and tips on protecting oneself from Internet crime with numerous useful links.
- www.fraud.org — The National Fraud Information Center's Internet Fraud Watch provides information on protecting yourself from fraud, schemes, and scams of all kinds.
- www.privacyrights.org — The Privacy Rights Clearinghouse maintains this site, packed with tips on protecting your privacy and avoiding identity theft, social security number fraud, and others.
- www.idtheftcenter.org – The Identity Theft Resource Center (IRTS) is nationally respected organization dedicated exclusively to the understanding and prevention of identity theft.
- www.ic3.gov – The Internet Crime Complaint Center provides the victims of cybercrime with a convenient and easy-to-use reporting mechanism that alerts authorities of suspected criminal or civil violations.
- www.ftc.gov – The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) provides information to protect America's consumers. If you believe you have been the victim of identity theft, fill out a Complaint Input Form and send the complaint to the FTC.
- www.econsumer.gov – econsumer.gov is your cross-border e-commerce complaint site. It provides general information about consumer protection in all countries that belong to the International Consumer Protection Enforcement Network, contact information for consumer protection authorities in those countries, and an online complaint form.
- www.hotchecks.net/sandiego – The San Diego DA's Office Check Enforcement Program refers businesses and individuals of ways to handle NSF checks under $7500. The DA encourages prior registration for faster service.
- www.jointogether.org — Join Together provides a forum for information exchange and resource sharing. Includes many tools and resources for mobilizing communities.
Keep In Touch With Law Enforcement
- www.communitypolicing.org — The Community Policing Consortium maintains this site with information on community policing, training, related organizations, and sources of more information.