Olathe News Briefs

This Edition of e-News - January 28, 2013:

  • Mayor’s Christmas Tree Fund Reaches Record High
  • Free Flu Shots February 2 Courtesy of Olathe Fire Department, Olathe Medical Center
  • Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop to Host Winter Home School Day February 22
  • MLK Contest Works on Display at Olathe Public Library

City Council
Released January 28, 2013
The Olathe City Council will next meet Tuesday, February 5 at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber at City Hall for a regular session.  Regular sessions are broadcast live on OGN (Comcast channel 7, AT&T channel 99 and on the City’s website).  To see the complete agenda for this meeting, visit the City’s website at www.OlatheKS.org.


Mayor’s Christmas Tree Fund Reaches Record High
Released January 28, 2013
The Mayor’s Christmas Tree Fund is wrapping up the 2012 campaign poised to celebrate the most successful drive in the history of the fund.  Contributions to date total $104,000, exceeding the $100,000 goal.

Perhaps the greatest story in the annual holiday season fund drive is that of student giving. Through the Pennies for Shoes campaign, jugs were placed in participating Olathe schools and students donated change and dollars. As a result, Olathe Public Schools’ students amassed 18% of the fund total, over $19,000, to benefit the Children’s Shoe Fund and the Olathe Public Schools Foundation (Wimmer Student Care Fund).  This is a significant increase over last year’s Pennies for Shoes campaign which drew $11,700 in donations. 

“I am so humbled by the generosity of this community and the incredible leadership of the Mayor’s Christmas Tree Fund Board.  Once again, our city has demonstrated its care and compassion for neighbors in need,” said Mayor Michael Copeland.  “We are especially grateful for the support of Olathe students.  Nearly one in every five dollars donated can be attributed to the kindness of a child.  Now that’s an amazing story!” 

Ceremonial checks will be presented at the March 5 City Council meeting.  2012 beneficiaries of the Mayor’s Christmas Tree Fund include Catholic Charities, Children’s Shoe Fund, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), Cypress Recovery, El Centro, Health Partnership Clinic of Johnson County, Johnson County Interfaith Hospitality Network, Kansas Foster and Adoptive Children, KidsTLC, KVC Behavioral HealthCare, Mission Southside, Olathe Public Schools Foundation, SAFEHOME, and Salvation Army.  


Free Flu Shots February 2 Courtesy of Olathe Fire Department, Olathe Medical Center
Released January 28, 2013
The Olathe Fire Department and Olathe Medical Center are partnering to provide free flu shots on February 2 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. to individuals ages nine and above while supplies last.  The event will be held at Olathe Fire Department Station #5, 1128 W. Spruce St.


Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop to Host Winter Home School Day February 22
Released January 28, 2013
Home school families are invited to participate in Winter Home School Day at Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop on Friday, February 22. Weather and ground conditions permitting, activities for ages five and up include sawing wood, visiting the blacksmith, cooking on Mrs. Mahaffie’s stove, and horse drawn hay wagon rides. Two sessions will be offered: 10:00 a.m. to noon or 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Registration is required by February 14 by calling 913.971.5111 or visiting www.mahaffie.org. Cost is $5/student and accompanying adults are free.

The Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm is open year-round from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and noon to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday.  Activities vary seasonally.  Details, including a schedule of winter events, are available at www.mahaffie.org or by calling (913) 971-5111.


MLK Contest Works on Display at Olathe Public Library
Released January 28, 2013
The Olathe community paid tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Friday, January 18, during the annual Noonday Celebration which included the MLK Legacy contest and awards. 

A record 4400 entries were submitted in three major categories. The contest awarded $3500 in scholarships to Olathe middle and high school students.  Prize winners include:

Middle School Essay Honorees:
1st place:  Morgan McBride, 8th grade, Chisholm Trail Middle School
2nd place: Shulammite Lim, 7th grade, Frontier Trail Middle School
3rd place: Emily Martin, 6th grade, Santa Fe Trail Middle School

Senior High School Essay Honorees:
1st place: Riley Gay, senior, Olathe East
2nd place: Samuel Edwards, senior, Olathe East
3rd place: Kimberly Britton, freshman, Olathe Northwest

Multimedia Middle School Honorees:
1st place: Gabe Felter, 6th grade, Frontier Trail Middle School
2nd place: Ryleigh Diskin, 6th grade, Frontier Trail Middle School
3rd place: Jonie Welland, 8th grade, California Trail Middle School

Multimedia Senior High School Honorees:
1st place: Alec Fox, Mattie Karr, & Katie Langton, juniors, Olathe Northwest
2nd place: Joy Hauser, junior, Olathe South
3rd place: Josh Bigbee, Keyshawn Garraway, & Reis Hopkins, juniors, Olathe Northwest

Visual Arts Middle School Honorees:
1st place: Kyle McHale, 7th grade, California Trail Middle School
2nd place: Kelly Linstra, 7th grade, Indian Trail Middle School
3rd Place: Josie Zimmerman, 8th grade, Pioneer Trail Middle School

Visual Arts Senior High School Honorees
1st place: Paige Thompson, senior, Olathe South
2nd place: Amy Barnes, senior, Olathe East
3rd place: Kelsey Taber, junior, Olathe North

Taking home the coveted Best in Show award was Gabe Felter, 6th grade, Frontier Trail Middle School, with his multimedia video “Say Something.” 

Claire Barnhart, 7th grade, Pioneer Trail Middle School, received the first ever Chairman’s Award for her children’s book “Cassie the Courageous Kitty.”

This is the 13th year for the celebration and award contest, sponsored by the City of Olathe, the Olathe Human Relations Commission, Olathe Public Schools and other community partners.  The 2013 MLK Celebration theme, “Silence is an Injustice” was derived from a 1965 speech given by Dr. King at the Dinkier Plaza Hotel in Atlanta.  All entries are on display at the Olathe Public Library, 201 E. Park, until Wednesday, February 20.


This Edition of e-News - January 22, 2013:

  • Annual MLK Contest Winners Announced; Entries on Display at Olathe Library
  • Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop to Host Olathe History Day Contest
  • Meet Author Claudia Mills at Olathe Libraries January 26-27
  • Popular Daddy Daughter Ball Filling Up Quickly

City Council
Released January 22, 2013
The Olathe City Council will next meet Tuesday, January 22 at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber at City Hall for a regular session.  Regular sessions are broadcast live on OGN (Comcast channel 7, AT&T channel 99 and on the City’s website).  To see the complete agenda for this meeting, visit the City’s website at www.OlatheKS.org.


Annual MLK Contest Winners Announced; Entries on Display at Olathe Library
Released January 22, 2013
The Olathe community paid tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Friday, January 18, during the annual Noonday Celebration which included the MLK Legacy contest and awards. 

A record 4400 entries were submitted in three major categories. The contest awarded $3500 in scholarships to Olathe middle and high school students.  Prize winners include:

Middle School Essay Honorees:
1st place:  Morgan McBride, 8th grade, Chisholm Trail Middle School
2nd place: Shulammite Lim, 7th grade, Frontier Trail Middle School
3rd place: Emily Martin, 6th grade, Santa Fe Trail Middle School

Senior High School Essay Honorees:
1st place: Riley Gay, senior, Olathe East
2nd place: Samuel Edwards, senior, Olathe East
3rd place: Kimberly Britton, freshman, Olathe Northwest

Multimedia Middle School Honorees:
1st place: Gabe Felter, 6th grade, Frontier Trail Middle School
2nd place: Ryleigh Diskin, 6th grade, Frontier Trail Middle School
3rd place: Jonie Welland, 8th grade, California Trail Middle School

Multimedia Senior High School Honorees:
1st place: Alec Fox, Mattie Karr, & Katie Langton, juniors, Olathe Northwest
2nd place: Joy Hauser, junior, Olathe South
3rd place: Josh Bigbee, Keyshawn Garraway, & Reis Hopkins, juniors, Olathe Northwest

Visual Arts Middle School Honorees:
1st place: Kyle McHale, 7th grade, California Trail Middle School
2nd place: Kelly Linstra, 7th grade, Indian Trail Middle School
3rd Place: Josie Zimmerman, 8th grade, Pioneer Trail Middle School

Visual Arts Senior High School Honorees:
1st place: Paige Thompson, senior, Olathe South
2nd place: Amy Barnes, senior, Olathe East
3rd place: Kelsey Taber, junior, Olathe North

Taking home the coveted Best in Show award was Gabe Felter, 6th grade, Frontier Trail Middle School, with his multimedia video “Say Something.” 

This is the 13th year for the celebration and award contest, sponsored by the City of Olathe, the Olathe Human Relations Commission, Olathe Public Schools and other community partners.  The 2013 MLK Celebration theme, “Silence is an Injustice” was derived from a 1965 speech given by Dr. King at the Dinkier Plaza Hotel in Atlanta.  All entries are on display at the Olathe Public Library, 201 E. Park, until Wednesday, February 20.


Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop to Host Olathe History Day Contest
Released January 22, 2013
Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop is honored to host over 75 eighth-grade students from Chisholm Trail Middle School in Olathe as they deliver presentations for National History Day on Tuesday, February 5.  History comes alive for America’s youth by engaging them in the discovery of historic, cultural, and social experiences of the past. Students will make group presentations in several different categories such as Documentary, Exhibit, Paper, Performance, and Website. The theme for this year is Turning Points in History: People, Ideas, Events. Winners of the Olathe History Day Contest can advance to a Regional Contest.


Meet Author Claudia Mills at Olathe Libraries January 26-27
Released January 22, 2013
Claudia Mills, acclaimed author of many books for young people, including the Gus and Grandpa, Mason Dixon, and West Creek Middle School Kids series will talk about her writing, answer questions and autograph books at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 26, at the Indian Creek Branch Library, 12990 S. Black Bob Road.  Refreshments will be served.  The event is geared for students in grades 3-8 and parents.  Registration is not required but space is limited.

On Sunday, January 27 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., Mills will be at the Olathe Public Library, 201 E. Park, where visitors can ask about her writing, have books autographed and enjoy refreshments. 

This event is in partnership with the Olathe Public School’s Families Read Every Day program made possible through the Olathe Public Schools Foundation.


Popular Daddy Daughter Ball Filling Up Quickly
Released January 22, 2013
Olathe Parks and Recreation will host the annual Daddy Daughter Ball at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, February 1 at the Ball Conference Center. For $50 a couple (each additional daughter $20), fathers and daughters ages five to 12 can enjoy refreshments, games, dancing and great memories!  Space is limited.  There is still time to register by calling 913-971-8563.


This Edition of e-News - January 14, 2013:

  • City Offices Closed for MLK Holiday
  • Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Event January 18
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Food Drive to Benefit Harvesters
  • eBooks Now Available at the Olathe Public Library
  • Irish Musician, Storyteller Máirtín de Cógáin Performs in Olathe
  • Experience Winter on the Farm at Mahaffie in January
  • Teddy Bear Tea Fun for Youth and Adults

City Council
Released January 14, 2013
The Olathe City Council will next meet Tuesday, January 22 at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber at City Hall for a regular session.  Regular sessions are broadcast live on OGN (Comcast channel 7, AT&T channel 99 and on the City’s website).  To see the complete agenda for this meeting, visit the City’s website at www.OlatheKS.org.


City Offices Closed for MLK Holiday
Released January 14, 2013
City of Olathe offices will close on Monday, January 21 for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  The City’s trash and recycling collection schedule will NOT be impacted.


Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Event January 18
Released January 14, 2013
Join the City of Olathe, along with the Human Relations Commission, Olathe Public Schools, and other community partners in celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration and Awards presentation on Friday, January 18, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Prairie Trail Middle School, 21600 W. 107th Street.   The celebration includes the announcement of middle and senior high school winners in the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebrate Diversity contest. Contest categories include essay, multi-media, and visual arts.  

The 2013 MLK Celebration theme, “Silence is an Injustice”, is derived from a 1965 speech given by Dr. King at the Dinkier Plaza Hotel in Atlanta where Dr. King said, "History will have to record the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the vitriolic words and other violent actions of the bad people, but the appalling silence and indifference of the good people.” Dr. King has often been attributed to saying,“In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” 

Olathe’s MLK Celebration has grown to become one of the City’s most acclaimed events, celebrating and embracing diversity in our community and schools at the 6-12 academic level.  The MLK Celebration allows Olatheans of all ages to showcase a society free of bullying, discrimination, and maltreatment of others based on race, gender, or religious beliefs. The goal of the Olathe Human Relations Commission’s annual contest is to increase positive awareness, foster greater understanding, and celebrate the diverse populations that make up the fabric of our community. 

Projects will be on display for public viewing during the MLK Community Open House Thursday, January 17, 2013 at Prairie Trail Middle School. Judging from a community panel will begin at 5:30 p.m. that evening.

Winners in the senior high division categories will be awarded $100-$300 and middle school division winners will receive $75-$200.  Additionally, a $500 Best of Show award will be presented. For more information, call (913) 971-6493 regarding other MLK events across the metropolitan area.


Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service
Released January 14, 2013
Celebrate Martin Luther King’s birthday by joining several local nonprofit agencies for a day of service at the Olathe Public Library, 201 E. Park from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Monday, January 21. No registration required; just stop by to help.


Martin Luther King, Jr. Food Drive to Benefit Harvesters
Released January 14, 2013
The Olathe Public Library, 201 E. Park and the Indian Creek Branch, 12990 S. Black Bob Road, are collecting non-perishable food for Harvesters in commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. who lived his life in service of others.  The food drive will run from Saturday, January 19, to Tuesday, February 19.  Monetary donations to Harvesters may be made at www.olathepubliclibrary.harvesters.org.


eBooks Now Available at the Olathe Public Library
Released January 14, 2013
The Olathe Public Library (OPL) and the Johnson County Library now have eBooks in their collections of materials available for library users.  Patrons may check out or request eBook titles online at www.olathelibrary.org/digitalmedia or www.jocolibrary.org/eBooks.

The libraries have several thousand titles in both fiction and nonfiction for adult and youth including cookbooks, travel, mystery, science fiction and children’s eBooks.  eBooks can be checked out for 14 days and since they are automatically checked in, there are no overdue notices or fines.   The eBooks are compatible with eReaders, iPads, iPods, Android devices, PCs and smartphones.   

“OPL welcomes the addition of popular eBooks to its collection.  We are pleased to join with the Johnson County Library in offering many new eBooks to our customers,” said Olathe Public Library Director Emily Baker.

For further information, go to www.olathelibrary.org/digitalmedia or call adult services at 913-971-6888.


Irish Musician, Storyteller Máirtín de Cógáin Performs in Olathe
Released January 14, 2013
Máirtín de Cógáin, a dancing, drumming, singing, storytelling Irish actor and playwright, comes to the Olathe Public Library, 201 E. Park St., on Thursday, January 17 at 4:30 p.m., for a children’s show.  To register for the children’s show, call (913) 971-6874.  This show is limited to children in grades K-5 (no children younger than kindergarten) and parents/caregivers.

Cógáin returns Friday, January 18 at 6:30 p.m., for an after-hours adult show at the Olathe Public Library. To register for the show for adults, call (913) 971-6888 or register on-line at www.olathelibrary.org.  Children accompanied by an adult are welcome to the Friday night show.    Both shows are sponsored in part by the Friends of the Olathe Public Library.

De Cógáin has played at Irish festivals throughout the United States and Ireland, including the Kansas City Irish Festival and the Weston Irish Festival. For more information about Cógáin’s distinguished accomplishments and awards, visit www.mairtinmusic.com.


Daddy Daughter Ball February 1
Released January 14, 2013
Olathe Parks and Recreation will host the annual Daddy Daughter Ball at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, February 1 at the Ball Conference Center. For $50 a couple (each additional daughter $20), fathers and daughters ages five to 12 can enjoy refreshments, games, dancing and great memories!  Space is limited and there is still time to register by calling 913-971-8563.


Experience Winter on the Farm at Mahaffie in January
Released January 14, 2013
Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm, 1200 Kansas City Rd., will host its annual Winter on the Farm event from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 26 and again on Saturday, February 23.  Visitors can discover and help with winter farm chores that may include sawing wood, cooking on the cookstove, and blacksmithing.  If weather and ground conditions permit, visitors may also enjoy stagecoach rides and horse powered wheat threshing demonstrations.  The Santa Fe Trail HAM Radio Club will broadcast from the Heritage Center throughout the event.   All activities are included with regular daily admission of $6/adults, $4/kids ages 5-11.  Olathe residents receive $1 off admission with proof of residency.


Teddy Bear Tea Fun for Youth and Adults
Released January 14, 2013
Dress in your best and bring your favorite doll or stuffed animal to enjoy tea, refreshments and activities at the Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm Teddy Bear Tea.  The event will be held Sunday, February 10 with sessions from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. All activities will be held inside the Heritage Center, 1200 Kansas City Road. Admission is $5 per participant for both youth and adults.  To register, call 913-971-5111 or e-mail Mahaffie with the number in your party by Friday, February 8.  Youth must be accompanied by an adult.

The Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm is open year-round from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and noon to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday. Activities vary seasonally.  Details, including a schedule of winter events, are available at www.mahaffie.org or by calling (913) 971-5111.


This Edition of e-News - January 7, 2013:

  • Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Event January 18
  • 2013 Schedule of Fees Available on Website
  • Winter Bald Eagle and Bird Watching in Olathe Parks
  • Experience Winter on the Farm at Mahaffie in January
  • Teddy Bear Tea Fun for Youth and Adults
  • Scams, Spam and Phishing: Don’t be a Victim!

City Council
Released January 7, 2013
The Olathe City Council will next meet Tuesday, January 8 at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber at City Hall for a regular session.  Regular sessions are broadcast live on OGN (Comcast channel 7, AT&T channel 99 and on the City’s website).  To see the complete agenda for this meeting, visit the City’s website at www.OlatheKS.org.


Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Event January 18
Released January 7, 2013
Join the City of Olathe, along with the Human Relations Commission, Olathe Public Schools, and other community partners in celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration and Awards presentation on Friday, January 18, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Prairie Trail Middle School, 21600 W. 107th Street.   The celebration includes the announcement of middle and senior high school winners in the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebrate Diversity contest. Contest categories include essay, multi-media, and visual arts.  

The 2013 MLK Celebration theme, “Silence is an Injustice”, is derived from a 1965 speech given by Dr. King at the Dinkier Plaza Hotel in Atlanta where Dr. King said, "History will have to record the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the vitriolic words and other violent actions of the bad people, but the appalling silence and indifference of the good people.” Dr. King has often been attributed to saying,“In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” 

Olathe’s MLK Celebration has grown to become one of the City’s most acclaimed events, celebrating and embracing diversity in our community and schools at the 6-12 academic level.  The MLK Celebration allows Olatheans of all ages to showcase a society free of bullying, discrimination, and maltreatment of others based on race, gender, or religious beliefs. The goal of the Olathe Human Relations Commission’s annual contest is to increase positive awareness, foster greater understanding, and celebrate the diverse populations that make up the fabric of our community. 

Projects will be on display for public viewing during the MLK Community Open House Thursday, January 17, 2013 at Prairie Trail Middle School. Judging from a community panel will begin at 5:30 p.m. that evening.

Winners in the senior high division categories will be awarded $100-$300 and middle school division winners will receive $75-$200.  Additionally, a $500 Best of Show award will be presented. For more information, call (913) 971-6493 regarding other MLK events across the metropolitan area.


2013 Schedule of Fees Available on Website
Released January 7, 2013
The City of Olathe provides a full range of municipal services to the community. Charges and fees help support the City’s ability to provide services such as utilities, recreational activities and animal licensing. A comprehensive list of the 2013 Schedule of Fees, and other related information, is now available in the Taxes and Fees section of the City’s website.

Please contact the Budget Office if you have any questions.


Winter Bald Eagle and Bird Watching in Olathe Parks
Released January 7, 2013
Olathe parks and trails support diverse habitats suitable for a variety of bird species.  Birding in winter can be quite enjoyable and may also serve as the only time for some species to be viewed in this area. 

There are many benefits to venturing out in the winter to view birds.  The parks are usually not as busy making for a more enjoyable nature experience.  With the leaves off the trees, prime viewing locations are easier to access.  Insects and tics are generally not a problem.  Finally, it can be a great way to achieve your family’s health goals outdoors.

Olathe Parks are open year round for day use unless snow and ice make for unsafe driving conditions
within the park.  Park locations and popular winter species available for viewing include:

  • Mahaffie Trail, KC Road to Northgate: Cedar Waxwing, various hawk species
  • Stagecoach Park, 1205 N. Kansas City Rd.: Redwing Black Bird, various blackbird species
  • Indian Creek Trail, Pflumm to south of 151st: Belted Kingfisher, various hawk species
  • Frisco, 1100 E Dennis: Trumpeter Swan,  various waterfowl species
  • Lone Elm, 21151 W. 167th: Barred Owl, various hawk species
  • Cedar Lake, 5500 S Lone Elm Rd.: White Pelican, various waterfowl species
  • Lake Olathe, 625 Lakeshore Dr.: Bald Eagle, various waterfowl species

Experience Winter on the Farm at Mahaffie in January
Released January 7, 2013
Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm, 1200 Kansas City Rd., will host its annual Winter on the Farm event from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 26 and again on Saturday, February 23.  Visitors can discover and help with winter farm chores that may include sawing wood, cooking on the cookstove, and blacksmithing.  If weather and ground conditions permit, visitors may also enjoy stagecoach rides and horse powered wheat threshing demonstrations.  The Santa Fe Trail HAM Radio Club will broadcast from the Heritage Center throughout the event.   All activities are included with regular daily admission of $6/adults, $4/kids ages 5-11.  Olathe residents receive $1 off admission with proof of residency.


Teddy Bear Tea Fun for Youth and Adults
Released January 7, 2013
Dress in your best and bring your favorite doll or stuffed animal to enjoy tea, refreshments and activities at the Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm Teddy Bear Tea.  The event will be held Sunday, February 10 with sessions from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. All activities will be held inside the Heritage Center, 1200 Kansas City Road. Admission is $5 per participant for both youth and adults.  To register, call 913-971-5111 with the number in your party by Friday, February 8.  Youth must be accompanied by an adult.

The Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm is open year-round from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and noon to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday. Activities vary seasonally.  Details, including a schedule of winter events, are available at www.mahaffie.org or by calling (913) 971-5111.


Scams, Spam and Phishing: Don’t be a Victim!
Released January 7, 2013
The Olathe Police Department reminds citizens that scams are occurring on a regular basis. Scams vary in approach ranging from a knock or flyer on the door to a phone call, e-mail, or text message.

Be skeptical and cautious with personal information.

Follow these tips to avoid becoming a victim:

  • Most legitimate businesses will not ask for personal information via email or telephone. If you have doubts, call the business (via a legitimate or known phone number) and inquire about the request.
  • Use appropriate filters, blocks, and firewalls on your computer system and keep it up to date.
  • Do not follow links or call phone numbers provided in suspicious messages. Generally, they are phony links and numbers the scammers use to legitimize the scam. Many scam artists are technically sound and make the offer look legitimate.
  • If the deal, offer, or potential benefits look too good to be true, it probably is.

For more information about scams, visit the Internet Crime Complaint Center. For additional crime prevention tips from the Olathe Police Department, visit www.OlatheKS.org/Police/Tips.