The month of November brings
yet another holiday, Thanksgiving; a time to celebrate with family and
friends and appreciate our daily blessings! There will be quite a lot of
shopping done in the next two months. With that in mind, there are a couple
things we all need to remember to make our holiday season safer.
STAY AWARE OF
YOUR SURROUNDINGS: When walking to your vehicle after shopping, have your keys in
your hand, so you are not placing items on the ground in order to open your
door. Be observant as your walking to your vehicle and keep your head up….
walk confidently. Criminals are looking for the "weak" person
they can take advantage of, so let them know you WILL NOT be an
LOCK YOUR DOORS: Whether your
vehicle is parked in your driveway or in a parking lot, ALWAYS lock your
doors. The majority of incidents law enforcement officers respond to, when
dealing with vehicles having items stolen from inside, are because of
unlocked doors. ALWAYS lock your car doors!
OUT OF SIGHT: Criminals are looking for
quickest and easiest ways to commit crime, so along with locking vehicle
doors; hide all valuables in the trunk. If the criminal is walking through
parking lots looking for items to steal, he will not see anything of value
that is located in a trunk.
EVERYTHING: Social media such as
Facebook , Twitter, and Instagram are a great source of information for
criminals. With just knowing your name, criminals can locate where you
live. NEVER post updates such as; "Going shopping today.",
"We're leaving for vacation today.", or "I've been shopping
all day and all my presents are under the tree!" You are giving
criminals everything they need to know!
Be safe this holiday season
and make it harder for criminals to commit their crimes!
If somebody suspicious comes
to your house, or you wish to report any suspicious activity, please do not
hesitate to call the Burke County Sheriff's Office at (828) 438-5500. If
you have an emergency, always dial 911.