Winter Park Police Department Lock Box Program

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What is the Lock Box Program?
The Lock Box Program is intended to provide Police, Fire and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) access to your residence in the event of an emergency where you are unable to open the door.

A key to your residence will be stored in a secure metal storage device, similar to a realtor’s lock box, at your residence. The access code to the lock box will only be available to Police, Fire or EMS personnel and used only during an emergency.

Who is eligible?
The program is open to all City of Winter Park residents, although the program is targeted towards community members who live alone and are aged 65 and older, or those who are disabled and/or suffer from major medical issues at any age.

What is the cost?
There is no charge to participate in the program if you meet the established target criteria. For all other residents wishing to participate, there is a one time fee of $16.95 to cover the cost of the lock. All participants will have to provide a spare house key to be used in the lock box.

How do I know this is safe?
A police officer from the Winter Park Police Department will install and demonstrate how the lock operates and will answer any questions you may have. The four digit combination on the lock box will only be available to responding emergency personnel and will be re-set to a new combination if utilized.

How do I get started?
To join the program, please click

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Parent's Guide To Gangs

Courtesy Florida Gang Investigators Association


You should be concerned if your child:
Admits to gang involvement; is obsessed with one particular color of clothing or shows a desire for a particular logo over and over;
Wears sagging pants (this in and of itself is not indicative of gang activity);
Wears excessive jewelry with distinctive designs and may wear it only on either the right or left side of the body;
Is obsessed with gangster-influenced music, videos and movies to the point of imitation;
Withdraws from family with an accompanying change in demeanor;
Associates with undesirable and breaks parental rules consistently;
Develops an unusual desire for privacy and secrecy and may completely rearrange living quarters to create privacy;
Uses hand signs while with friends and practices them at home;

Or there is evidence of the appearance of:

* Physical injury (such as being beaten) and then child lies about the events surrounding the injury:
* Peculiar drawings or language on school books (may appear later as tattoos or brands);
* Unexplained cash or goods, i.e., clothing or jewelry;
* Possible use of alcohol and drugs with attitude change.


Associate with any gang members or “wannabe / gonnabe” gang members; identify or communicate with gangs; hang out near or where gangs congregate; approach strangers in cars who appear to want information or directions; wear gang related clothing where gangs are known to gather or traverse; wear initialed clothing such as BK – British Knights – a/k/a “Blood Killer” in high crime areas; use words like “crab” or “slob” (localized lingo may develop) anywhere gangs may be; i.e. malls, sporting events, etc.; attend any party or social event sponsored by gangs or their associates; take part in any graffiti activity or hang around where graffiti is present; or use any kind of finger or sign language in a public place.

Cape Coral Police force biker gang hangout to change hours after brawl between Eternals and Outlaws.

Story By John-Carlos Estrada   Courtesy  12/20/18

​​F.B.I. Internet Crime Complaint Center :

Cybercriminals Utilize Social Engineering Techniques To Obtain Employee Credentials To Conduct Payroll Diversion 

The IC3 has received complaints reporting cybercriminals are targeting the online payroll accounts of employees in a variety of industries. Institutions most affected are education, healthcare, and commercial airway transportation.


Cybercriminals target employees through phishing emails designed to capture an employee’s login credentials. Once the cybercriminal has obtained an employee’s credentials, the credentials are used to access the employee’s payroll account in order to change their bank account information. Rules are added by the cybercriminal to the employee’s account preventing the employee from receiving alerts regarding direct deposit changes. Direct deposits are then changed and redirected to an account controlled by the cybercriminal, which is often a prepaid card.


To mitigate the threat of payroll diversion:

Alert and educate your workforce about this scheme, including preventative strategies and appropriate reactive measures should a breach occur.
Instruct employees to hover their cursor over hyperlinks included in emails they receive to view the actual URL. Ensure the URL is actually related to or associated with the company it purports to be from.
Instruct employees to refrain from supplying log-in credentials or personally identifying information in response to any email.
Direct employees to forward suspicious requests for personal information to the information technology or human resources department.
Ensure that log-in credentials used for payroll purposes differ from those used for other purposes, such as employee surveys.
Apply heightened scrutiny to bank information initiated by employees seeking to update or change direct deposit credentials.
Monitor employee logins that occur outside normal business hours.
Restrict access to the Internet on systems handling sensitive information or implement two-factor authentication for access to sensitive systems and information.
Only allow required processes to run on systems handling sensitive information.


The FBI encourages victims to report information concerning suspicious or criminal activity to their local FBI field office, and file a complaint with the IC3 at If your complaint pertains to this particular scheme, then please note payroll diversion in the body of the complaint.

​​​​​G R A F F I T I 

M.O.S.T. does not care about persons who paint graffiti on a sanctioned wall with the owner's permission. However, we detest cowards who paint property without consent. That changes the classification from art to vandalism. However, the vandals will still try to justify what they do by claiming it's free expression. They often try to vilify those who oppose them by labeling them oppressors of that free expression. Meanwhile, those same vandals cause hundreds of dollars in damage, drive a businesses customers away and lower property values.
We often ask if a graffiti goon would still call it "art" if it was their property being defaced without permission.

Graffiti can also have a more serious meaning due to being gang related. Gangs can use graffiti to mark territory, advertise drug sales, mourn deceased members, announce alliances and issue threats. All the more reason to report and remove it immediately.

If you see tagging in progress dial 9 1 1

For recent graffiti in Orlando report it to (407) 254-GRAF (4723) or click HERE