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11/20 Letter to the Editor: Police Chief offers safety tips

6:31 PM EST, November 21, 2013

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To the editor:

As the holiday season approaches all too quickly, the West Point Police Department would like to remind readers of a few safety tips. Most of the following are common sense ways to avoid becoming a victim. Please take heed and share with your family and friends.

• Park in well-lit areas when out at night. Proper lighting can serve as a deterrent to criminal activity.

• Make several trips back to your vehicle during your excursion to secure packages rather than taking a large bundle all at one time. This will allow greater mobility and present less of a target for wrong doers.

• Secure packages out of sight in the trunk of your car when possible. If your vehicle does not have a trunk, take a cover to through over packages to conceal your purchases.

• Be aware of your surroundings. In watching out for yourself, you may very well be watching out for others.

• Leave the email, texting and Facebook for when you are safely home. Watch for distracted drivers when walking through parking lots.

• Be sure to lock doors and keep keys handy. Fumbling in a purse or wallet will take your attention away from being aware of your surroundings.

• When making Internet purchases, be sure to deal with reputable sites. Also, routinely check areas around your house where packages may be delivered.

• Be a good neighbor and report to the police when you observe things that may appear out of place in your community.

The West Point Police Department wishes you and your family a safe and happy holiday season. Please give us a call or stop by if we may be of service!

Chief Bobby Mawyer