Looting, Storm Clean-Up

Hurricane Hermine Hurricane Hermine was the first hurricane to make landfall in Florida in eleven years. This hurricane caused extensive damage including limbs down, trees down, flooding, and the loss of power. Unfortunately, natural disasters sometimes lead to looting. Our bondsman on 49th Street want you to be aware that looting is a crime. Penalties for looting vary and depend on the amount of the item stolen. A person can be charged with petty theft, larceny, grand theft, or burglary. In Florida, there is an anti-looting law. The anti-looting law, according to the Sun Sentinel, “provides increased penalties for specific
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Opioid Addiction

Recently in the news, reporters are discussig a major increase in drug overdose victims in Cincinnati. These victims were overdosing on heroin that was mixed with an opioid such as carfentanil which is 100 more times more powerful than fentanyl. Do you truly know what opioids are and how dangerous they can be? Do your kids know too? If not they should! According to WebMd.com, an opioid is a type of narcotic pain medication. The National Institute on Drug Abuse states that opioids are “a medication that helps to reduce the intensity of pain signals reaching the brain and affects
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Red Zone

Many students are starting college and living away from home for the first time. The first six weeks of college, from the first day up until Thanksgiving break, are considered the “red zone”. What is the red zone? It is a time where college students are the most vulnerable for sexual assault. Incoming freshman are the most at risk since they frequently are inexperienced with taking care of themselves and in recognizing dangerous situations. Many of the sexual assaults are from “acquaintance rape”. Every college student needs to recognize that their new acquaintance might not have their best intentions at
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Criminal Penalties in the U.S.

A Crime In a Foreign Country May Have Different Penalties Compared To the U.S. The Olympics are nearing a close. There have been many highs (thank you Michael Phelps and the U.S.A. women’s gymnastics team) but there have also been lows. The Olympics have been marred by doping and drug abuse. Russia led the stats with quite a few of their athletes being charged with doping. Along with drug use, the Olympics also brought crime. 49th Street Bail Bonds cites examples of the crime that visitors to the Rio Olympics faced: •Swimmer, Ryan Lochte, and three of his fellow teammates
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Bail Bond Impersonators

Beware of Scammers! Have you received a phone call from somebody impersonating a bail bondsman? These con artists call unsuspecting people and claim that their loved one is in jail and needs to be bonded out. Another tactic these people are using is to call a family member of a person who has bonded out of jail and tell the family member that they need more money and if they don’t pay the bailed out person will have to go back to jail. Don’t be fooled by either scam. Here are tips: •Never send money to someone you don’t know
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Sober Dormitories

College Dorms For Recovering Students Many students are heading off to college for the first time in a couple of weeks. Being away from home, having more freedom, having more responsibility, and not being accountable to anyone but themselves can be overwhelming for college students. Often, a student will turn to drugs or alcohol to fit in, let loose, relax, or to combat anxiety or depression. While many students are able to handle this combination, some students end up becoming addicted to drugs or alcohol. This addiction can derail a student’s academic life, possibly cause them to fail out of
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Beach Safety

Tips For Safety At The Beach This summer is a HOT one! Many locals and tourists are here in the Clearwater, Florida area enjoying the beach. Our bondsman on 49th Street reminds you to be aware and think twice about safety before you venture for your day at the beach. •The best way to protect your valuables while at the beach is to not bring any valuables. Leave them home or locked up in a hotel safe. •Leave your valuables with a family member or friend while you swim. •If you go to the beach solo and must take valuables,
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Child Predators

How Well Do You Really Know Somebody? How well do you know your neighbors, the older kid down the street your local postman and your child’s teachers? You may think you know somebody but what goes on behind closed doors in their home? How well do you know that mom or dad who stands at the bus stop? How well do you know the personnel at your child’s school? School starts on Wednesday, August 10th for students in Pinellas County. Lately, there has been an upswing in arrests for teachers and others who work with children. From coaches to teachers
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Pokeman Craze

Are You Glued To Your Gaming Device? Have you noticed more people outside lately? Could be that they are caught up in the latest craze, Pokemon Go. This game is played over a smart phone using augmented reality. Basically, you take your phone and walk around outside to “capture” monsters. The real world around you becomes overlaid with the Pokemon Go monsters. This game can be fun but has brought up safety concerns in the news lately. As the bondsman on 49th Street we see people get themselves in dangerous situations because they are simply not aware. Here are a
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Keeping Your Home Burglar Free

Home Break Ins An ounce of prevention can help keep your home secure from burglars this summer. With the kids off from school, most families plan a vacation for the summer. Burglars know this and as a result, July and August are the most frequent months for a break-in to occur. 49th Street Bail Bonds offers tips to keeping your home secure while you travel: •Lock all the doors and windows •If you have a spare key hidden outside, then remove it. Don’t make it easy for thieves! •Unplug your garage door opener. This way thieves can’t use a universal
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