New York, NY (PRWEB) May 13, 2010
Beginning in May, approximately 48 million households will be approached by census workers tasked with clarifying data or obtaining missing information for the 2010 Census. FJC Security Services, Inc., a leading provider of security services, feels that it is important that the public be educated about how to safely participate in the enumeration process so that they can distinguish between Census Bureau employees and others that may be posing as such.
“Although more than 70 percent of U.S. households replied to the census by mail, there is still a great need for door-to-door information gathering,” notes FJC Senior Vice President Mark Coffino. “While we encourage all U.S. residents to meet their legal obligation to participate and cooperate with the census, it is prudent to be aware of potential scams so that one can avoid being victimized. Being able to differentiate between government workers and those looking to obtain confidential information for criminal activities helps keep everyone safe.”
Should someone knock at your door and claim to be a census worker, FJC recommends:
- Verifying his or her identification. All Census Bureau employees carry an identification card, which may or may not have a photo, as well as a canvas bag imprinted with the Bureau’s logo.
- Not inviting the worker into your home, as Census Bureau workers are not permitted to do so.
- Never giving out your social security number, credit card information, bank account information, account passwords or PINs. It is only acceptable for workers to verify your address, date of birth and the number of occupants in your home.
- Keeping your wallet and checkbook to yourself. Real Census Bureau employees will never solicit donations.
“If you suspect criminal activity, stay inside your home, do not open the door, and immediately dial 911,” urges Coffino. Individuals can verify a census worker by calling their Regional Census Center.
About FJC Security Services, Inc.
Founded in 1988 by retired NYPD Officer Frank Califano, Sr., FJC is a leading national security services provider. The privately-owned and operated company employs in excess of 5,000 qualified security personnel and boasts the industry’s most experienced management staff. The award-winning firm provides custom programs that include the integration of uniformed security personnel, both armed and unarmed, with leading-edge technologies and strategic consulting services to ensure cost-efficient, effective protective solutions for its clients’ needs. FJC is headquartered in Floral Park, NY with offices in New York, New Jersey, the greater Washington, DC metropolitan region and Texas. For more information, visit http://www.fjcsecurity.com or call 1.888.TEAM.FJC.