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During this holiday season, it is important to remember to take precautions to avoid being the victim of a crime. Every year, we see a rise in instances of burglaries of motor vehicles, burglaries of residences and businesses, and other robberies.
It is important to know your surroundings and be mindful of suspicious activities. If something doesn’t seem right, it pays to be more alert!
Take necessary precautions like walking in a group, staying focused on your surroundings, and walking in well-lit areas. Take a few moments when exiting a store to survey where you will be walking, and ensure that your packages are all secure.
If you leave items in your vehicle, please place them in the trunk, cargo area, or floorboard. Please, do not leave packages on the front seat where someone might be tempted to take them.
Lastly, when using an ATM, whether it is a walk-up, drive-up, business, or bank, please take your cash and immediately put it away. Don’t count your cash or rummage through your items while standing at the ATM. Be alert for anyone who may be following you from your banking institution, and if you feel uneasy about any situation, go to a well-lit area, business, or even find an officer to help you.
We hope these tips are helpful, and as always, we wish you a safe and happy holiday!
Chief Tracy B. Keele