Today is ten o’clock, and although it probably isn’t as important to you as it once was, it still could be of significant value to law enforcement, government, or any other appropriately motivated agency or individual. You see, it only takes one opportunity to get into contact with someone who can make or acquire important evidence.
For example, say you are the victim of an unwanted pet-burglar. The first thing that happens is his dog runs into your house, waking your little girl. You then get the police called, and the next thing you know, the police are here and they are going to do everything they can to ensure that the problem doesn’t occur again.
But now you have a problem. Before you even begin to worry about the police, you need to figure out if this is a dog or a human. You will want to make sure that you don’t give out any of your information until you know that the dog is loyal. If you see that the dog is acting strangely, or showing other signs of fear, you may want to call the police immediately. However, you never know when or if this is a case of mistaken identity. In fact, if you speak to the person who’s been after your dog, or you try to reason with them, they may hit you again. And again. And again…
So you hear stories about people who have been attacked or harassed by this dog. And you know that it is a really bad situation. Now you are faced with a decision: you can either leave a note telling others what you think is happening, or you can do what I have done and block them from seeing your profile.
Now let’s look at this logically. If you do not put any signs out, no one can know what is going on. If you do put up a sign, and a friend of yours comes by to view it, they will see all the same details as everyone else. So they could get suspicious if they are unable to match up the sign and your profile.
Put up a sign that says “Police”. Put up a sign that says “Suspect”. Do not allow them to name the dog, as that is another link in the chain. Put up a sign that says “Involved”. Be point not only collaborative, but actively participate in the gathering of information that will help prove the validity of your claim. When you do, be sure to note the date and time of your surprise party, so that you can be sure that it happens on time.
Block them from seeing any of your information, and make sure that they cannot sign up for an account with any site that you heavily use. In fact, you should avoid sites like eBay, simply because of the way that they use third-party services to protect your information, including your credit card numbers.
So what if you have already seen too much? Not much, because most of the scammers have already moved on to their next steps. But you should definitely back up all your evidence, just in case the worst happens. And remember to be as thorough as possible when looking for responsible parties. You can only call a person back if you have contacted them first.
Well, if you thought all this would happen to you, thank the stars for Meagan’s Law, which is way better than letting criminals run wild with your dog’s information.
(This article was published originally on thelawzone.com. Some of the information contained in this article may have been copied from other sources and websites. No matter how you source it, it is worth reading to know your options for proper security.)