Pay Attention to Situational Awareness
Published: November 1, 2019
By: JEFFCO Sheriff Mark Pettaway
Situational awareness is being aware of what is happening around you. With the holidays fast approaching, exercising a little extra precaution can help limit your risk of robbery or bodily harm. Remember, there are people who want what you have and they have no problem with stealing it.
Here are a few ways you can lessen the chances of this happening to you.
- Always lock your valuables and gifts in the trunk of your car. Keep them out of sight from would-be thieves.
- Make note of where you park your car. Don’t put yourself in a position of having to wander around the parking lot searching for it. If the parking space is not clearly marked, look for a landmark, such as a storefront, that would be in the line of sight to your vehicle.
- When leaving the store, look over the area for anything that might look suspicious. And, always have your keys ready. Don’t find yourself distracted by having to fumble though your purse or pockets.
- Finally, lock your car as soon as you get in and never lower the window for a stranger.
The Sheriff’s Office is here to serve you. Be safe and happy holidays! Please feel free to call us for assistance or report a crime if something appears out of the ordinary.