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Ransomware cases skyrocket as Americans pay to regain access to their own data

Sloan Schrage  |  Posted  May 2nd - 10:33pm

Ransomware has become an epidemic. Cyber thieves are holding photos, videos and other important files hostage until we pay up. In the past three months alone, Americans paid hundreds of millions of dollars to regain access to their own files.

Hours long response times plaguing Salt Lake City Police Department

Debbie Dujanovic  |  Posted  Apr 28th - 10:50pm

In the hours it took a Salt Lake City Police Department patrol officer to head to a call of a suspicious vehicle near 700 South and 500 East chances are the vehicle and the person who reported it were long gone.

Cottonwood Heights installs shaded playground equipment after reports of hot slides

Debbie Dujanovic  |  Posted  Apr 12th - 10:22pm

A popular playground in cottonwood heights is bound to be much safer this summer because of a KSL 5 investigation. Tuesday, the city installed new, shaded tubular slides to replace an open version that reached nearly 200 degrees in the hot sun.

1 year in, West Valley's Crime Suppression Unit celebrating success

Mike Headrick and Tania Mashburn  |  Posted  Mar 24th - 10:30pm

A year after it was formed, West Valley City's Crime Suppression Unit is making a difference. CSU has made 380 felony arrests and recovered over 130 stolen vehicles; $900,000 in stolen property; and 80 firearms.

Anonymous apps like Kik open the door to predators

Tania Mashburn  |  Posted  Mar 2nd - 10:39pm

Messaging apps like Kik are gaining popularity among teens, but they're also attracting predators who can remain anonymous. That means your child may have no idea who they're really talking to.

Dangerous criminals: Who is tracking Utah's worst offenders?

KSL Investigators  |  Posted  Feb 29th - 11:06pm

The KSL Investigators are shining a light on this important public safety issue after discovering a number of parolees were at the center of a series of violent crimes that have left police officers and innocent Utah residents seriously injured.

Salt Lake City adding salad bars to elementary schools

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 17th - 5:44pm

Elementary schools in Salt Lake City are offering kids a new way to get their veggies: salad bars.

A Utah woman fed up with online catfish turns the table on scammers

Debbie Dujanovic  |  Posted  Feb 15th - 10:39pm

They are out to steal your hearts and money — and they're all over the Internet. In the world of social media, they're called catfish. A Utah grandmother got fed up with fake profiles on Facebook, and turned the tables on the scammers.

Police investigating strange 3rd-row seat thefts

Mike Headrick and Tania Mashburn  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 10:54pm

You might not know it, but next time you travel to California you could be taking along cargo precious to thieves: your SUV's third-row seat. KSL Investigators traveled to Anaheim to see how big of a problem it is and met up with possible crooks.

Be wary of popular online retailers from China, BBB warns

Tania Mashburn and Mike Headrick  |  Posted  Feb 8th - 10:54pm

You've likely seen the ads on Facebook offering stylish clothing at rock-bottom prices. But you might get a lot more, or a lot less, than you bargained for. KSL Investigators put nine retail sites to the test to see if they fit the bill.

Are gaming machines at Utah gas stations legal?

Debbie Dujanovic and Torin Koos  |  Posted  Feb 4th - 10:43pm

A company says its gaming machines at 60 locations across Utah are not gambling, rather a legal sweepstakes that complies with Utah law. KSL Investigators went undercover inside several gas stations to see how the machines operate.

Win a free night stay at Marriott? Don't fall for this scam

Debbie Dujanovic and Tania Mashburn  |  Posted  Dec 1st - 7:02pm

If you got a call saying you won a free night stay at a Marriott hotel, you're not alone. KSL Investigators heard from dozens of people who got the same call. It's the latest scam making the rounds in Utah.

Fast food farce: When your sandwich doesn't look as advertised

Mike Headrick and Tania Mashburn  |  Posted  Nov 25th - 10:36pm

When you order fast food, how many times has that burger or burrito actually looked like the advertisement? KSL Investigator Mike Headrick goes on a fast-food run to find out if what you see is what you get and learns the tricks of fast-food styling.

Great Black Friday deals for online shoppers

Debbie Dujanovic, Sloan Schrage  |  Posted  Nov 24th - 10:35pm

Black Friday-adverse? KSL Investigators have put document searches on hold in favor of holiday shopping. Debbie Dujanovic got a sneak peek at Black Friday ads to see if you can get the same great deals from the safety of your sofa.

SLC 911 center makes changes after scathing city hall report

Debbie Dujanovic and Torin Koos  |  Posted  Nov 24th - 1:15am

It's your first call in an emergency. So when KSL Investigators found out Salt Lake City's 911 Communications Bureau had been the focus of an investigation by the city, we obtained a copy of the findings.

Are taxpayers being taken for a ride with GREENbike?

Torin Koos  |  Posted  Nov 19th - 11:06pm

From improved air to traffic, city cycling has known benefits. Salt Lake City is a committed backer of the bike share program. KSL Investigators follow your tax dollars because even if you don't ride, you could be paying for this public service.

Despite federal law, distracted truckers caught on tape with cellphones

Mike Headrick and Tania Mashburn  |  Posted  Nov 16th - 11:59pm

A federal law bans truckers from even holding a cellphone in their hand, but that isn't stopping some of them. The KSL Investigators took a ride on I-15 to see how often it happens

Utah company builds better mousetrap for catching burglars

John Hollenhorst  |  Posted  Nov 10th - 7:55pm

It started years ago when a student and professor started brainstorming ideas for tracking intruders through walls using radio waves. Getting it on the market wasn't easy, but now homeowners can watch what's going on at home from far away.

Piles of personal data discovered in salvage yards

Mike Headrick and Tania Mashburn  |  Posted  Nov 9th - 10:16pm

Your car gets totaled in an accident. It's towed to a salvage yard, never to be seen again. But what's left inside could come back to haunt you. KSL Investigators dig through hundreds of cars and turn up information that could wreck your identity.

U. finance major tracks down identity thief

Sloan Schrage  |  Posted  Nov 9th - 9:05pm

A University of Utah finance major is seeing "red" after his identity is stolen. Here's how he tracked down the accused thief, and how you can stop one from sealing your identity.