North Pinellas Club News for Wednesday, Sept. 4

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At a Court of Honor ceremony Aug. 24 at St. Michael the Archangel Church in Clearwater, SAR Compatriot Art Hays presented Trevor Joseph Case with an Eagle Scout certificate of recognition from the Clearwater Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution for outstanding leadership and citizenship as demonstrated by his attainment of Boy Scouting's highest rank.

The 16-year-old Palm Harbor University High junior is enrolled in the International Baccalaureate program and is a member of the robotics team, Interact Club and Ping Pong Club. His goal is to eventually become an aerospace engineer.

Trevor has been active in scouting for nine years and earned 92 merit badges. He is currently a senior patrol leader for Troop 26, sponsored by the Palm Harbor United Methodist Church, and also serves as the induction vice chief for the Timuquan Lodge of the Order of the Arrow.

For his Eagle Scout leadership service project, Trevor designed a Blessed Virgin Mary Shrine at St. Michael the Archangel Church. With the help of more than 40 Scouts and other volunteers, a 5-foot statue of Mary was placed on a pedestal surrounded by four benches. The project took 644 hours to complete.

Trevor, the son of Richard and Pamela Case of Palm Harbor, is a descendant of Michael Abraham Awalt Sr., a patriot who served in the North Carolina militia during the Revolutionary War.

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As the guest speaker at a recent meeting of the Belleair Rotary Club, Belleair police Chief Tom Edwards said that most of the crimes that occur in Belleair involve assets and property; very few crimes involve violence against people.

Edwards retired after 32 years of active service with the St. Petersburg Police Department, then continued on two more years as a reserve police officer while he was the assistant director for code enforcement for the city of St. Petersburg.

Edwards said crimes against assets usually take the form of computer/Internet fraud, and added that the elderly are particularly vulnerable because they are often overly trusting of others.

Internet scams often take the form of an email that appears to originate from a bank or credit card company that claims to be investigating a problem with the customer's account. The email typically requests personal information such as account number, date of birth and Social Security number to help them solve the issue. This personal information is then used by the criminal to obtain phony credit cards or phony bank accounts, or even to file a phony tax return.

Edwards informed club members that crimes against property most often involve burglaries to automobiles and homes and added that the No. 1 contributing cause of vehicular burglaries is an unlocked car.

Edwards suggested that if a car is going to be left for a period of time outside of a garage, the owner should be sure to lock it and place all personal items out of sight.

When it comes to home security, the chief advised residents to make sure all windows and doors are shut and locked and that the alarm is on. If leaving for vacation, let neighbors know to watch the property. Also, cancel the mail or arrange to have a neighbor collect it, and consider attaching a timer to a light to make it appear as if someone is home.

Edwards, a Pinellas County native, has been chief of the Belleair Police Department for seven years. He graduated from St. Petersburg College with an associate's degree in police administration, holds a bachelor of science degree in criminology from Florida State University and has completed course work for a master's degree in criminal justice at the University of South Florida.

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North Pinellas Club News for Wednesday, Sept. 4 09/02/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, September 3, 2013 2:14pm]

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