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2014 Themes

Get Alerts, Stay Alive: Emergency Preparedness

We live in an age when an emergency or a natural disaster can happen in any community, at any time. An informed, alert, and connected citizenry can help save lives and protect property. Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEAs) can help all Americans be prepared to respond to emergencies where they live, work, go to school, or socialize.

Raise Your Voice To Stop Hate

Hate divides communities. Hate can lead to crime and violence in schools, places of worship, and local communities. According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Uniform Crime Reporting program, in 2012, 1,730 law enforcement agencies reported 5,796 hate crime incidents involving 6,718 offenses. Nearly half of these incidents were racially motivated but also included sexual-orientation, religious, ethnicity or national origin, and disability bias. The majority of these offenses were directed against persons (59.1 percent). Students, parents, businesses, law enforcement, and the community all play a role in preventing hate crimes and building cohesive communities that are safe for all.

Prevent Financial Fraud: Before You Invest, Ask and Check

Each year, an estimated 13.5 percent of U.S. consumers (30.2 million people) are defrauded, losing a total of close to $3 billion. A survey conducted by the FINRA Investor Education Foundation of U.S. adults age 40 and over found that more than 80 percent of respondents had been solicited to participate in a potentially fraudulent scheme, and more than 40 percent of those surveyed could not identify the classic red flags of fraud. Learn more about the risk factors and red flags of financial fraud. Help spread the FINRA Foundation’s consumer strategy, Ask and Check to help prevent Americans from fraud victimization, which can have devastating consequences for individuals, families, and communities.

Get Real About Intellectual Property Theft

Stealing intellectual property is cheap and easy. All a thief has to do is copy someone else’s ideas or product. The other person or company—the victim—has done all the work, but thieves can reap huge profits. Intellectual property theft can cost people their jobs, damage the reputation of the original maker of the counterfeited product, cause sickness and bodily harm, deprive governments of desperately needed tax revenue, and even result in the spread of organized crime and gangs—which in turn can damage more lives and destroy neighborhoods. Intellectual property theft isn’t a victimless crime.

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