Thinking about dating online or putting personal information about yourself online? Please read the following about how to protect yourself from online predators and scammers.

Myspace.com and Facebook.com have become huge hits among young people to meet each other and stay in touch. It also has become a good site for sexual predators to find out information and meet with young innocent individuals.

As a parent or even as a youth, do not give your date of birth, personal address, phone number, or full name to anyone on the internet unless you personally know the person. When you talk with someone online, in a chat room or through e-mail, you have absolutely no idea what the person looks like on the other end. They may portray themselves as everything you are looking for in a person just to get you to converse with them. Once conversation takes place it is only time before they attempt to get personal information from you.

Scammers are another large part of the Internet problem. People from Nigeria or other countries attempt to get you to send money to them through Western Union or other ways. The Lincoln Police Department has investigated several such attempts to get Lincoln residents to purchase items or send money and get nothing in return.

Honest?

Remember one important fact while conversing with others online: “If it sounds too good to be true, then it probably isn’t true”.

If you are receiving e-mail from someone and think it may be a scam please search the Internet for his or her e-mail address. Many online dating sites list scammers in a database like this one:
Dating ‘n More

Please read over the safety information provided by Facebook.

If you are scammed and would like to report the problem to the proper authorities please visit the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3)

Missing Child Alerts

The Lincoln Police Department has partnered with A Child Is Missing program.  This system utilizes home phone numbers, cell phone numbers, email addresses, and even Facebook updates.  The program works best if you signup online with their website for alerts.  Your information is kept private and is only used for alerts.

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BuyCrash.com

The Lincoln Police Department now utilizes Appriss for collecting traffic crash information and submitting to the State of Illinois. Appriss provides BuyCrash.com for those involved with the crash to receive copies of reports.

Please visit BuyCrash.com if you need a copy of your accident report.

Freedom of Information Act

 Illinois Freedom of Information Act

To request information from the Lincoln Police Department please fill out and sign the Freedom of Informaiton Act form below and send to the Lincoln Police Department at 911 Pekin St, Lincoln, IL, 62656, or fax to 217-732-4589.

Freedom of Information Act Form

Illinois Attorney General's Office

Drunkstopper.com

Toll-Free 24 Hour Anonymous Hotline

1-866-479-2857

Website: www.drunkstopper.com

Focus on these activities:

  • Underage Drinking Parties
  • Fake ID's
  • Illegal Sales of Alcohol

Note: Your name and personal information are not asked for and your submission will remain anonymous to the parties involved

Lincoln Police Department

911 Pekin St.
Lincoln, IL 62656
ph 217.732.2151 fax 217.732.4589