W. Monroe police offer some holiday safety tips - KNOE 8 News; KNOE-TV; KNOE.com |

W. Monroe police offer some holiday safety tips

Posted: Updated:

WEST MONROE, La., (KNOE 8 News) - The Christmas season is mostly for family, for giving, and for celebrating. Unfortunately, there are a few who will take advantage of the rest of us if they can.

So the West Monroe Police Department has a few tips to keep you safe and from becoming a victim of very preventable and popular crimes which may occur around this time of year. 

There are plenty of Grinch's out there looking to spoil your holiday fun. The police strongly recommend everyone keeping their gifts and valuables locked inside their residences in a safe/secure place. If you have to keep your gifts in your car this holiday season, be sure to keep your gifts in a locked trunk. Always make sure they are out of plain sight, be sure to lock your car, and activate your car's alarm. The West Monroe Police Department continues to investigate crimes associated with people leaving valuables in places where they can be easily taken by these opportunistic Grinch's (Thieves).
___________________________________________________________

Chief Christopher Elg would like to remind you and your family of these holiday safety tips;

• Holiday Shopping Tips •

1) Do not leave purchased items visible in the car-leave them in the trunk.
2) While shopping in the evening hours may be less crowded, there are also additional potential risks involved. Park in areas of parking lots that have adequate lighting. Consider shopping with someone rather than going alone.
3) Make sure purses and wallets are secure on your person, and you are aware of their location at all times.
4) Keep the amount of available cash you have at a minimum or separate it into different pockets or locations on or about your person. This way all of it is not lost if your purse or wallet is misplaced or stolen.
5) Credit cards offer convenience and security, however, keep track of all cards and keep receipts to compare to your monthly statement.
6) Remain aware of your surroundings at all times and move to and from your vehicle with confidence and "purpose". Have keys ready before getting to your car so you do not have to search for them while standing near it.
7) Report suspicious people or activity to law enforcement immediately!
8) Most important is to reduce your own vulnerability and do what you can to minimize the possibility that you could be a victim of a crime or accidental loss.

• Home Safety Tips While Away •

1) Valuable items, such as televisions, stereos, and computers should be inscribed with an identifying number unique to its owner (do not use your entire social security number).
2) Create an up-to-date home inventory including make, model, serial numbers, other detailed descriptions, and photographs of items of value (including jewelry). This inventory should be kept somewhere safe, out of the house.
3) At least two light timers should be set to turn the lights and TV on and off in a logical sequence when away for an extended time period to give the appearance that someone is home.
4) The motion detector or other alarm system (if you have one) should be activated when you leave home.
5) Mail and newspaper deliveries should be stopped or arrangements for a neighbor/friend to pick them up should be made when you are away from home for a period of time.
6) Ask a trusted neighbor to tend the yard, and watch your home when you are away or have a trusted friend or relative house sit in your absence.
7) Make sure all doors and windows are locked when you leave, even if you have an alarm system. 8) Contact the Police Department (396-2722) to request extra patrols of your residence while you are out of town.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Gun company cuts ties with reality TV star

    Gun company cuts ties with reality TV star

    Thursday, August 28 2014 1:59 PM EDT2014-08-28 17:59:12 GMT
    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A firearms company affiliated with reality TV star Will Hayden is distancing itself from him after his arrest on rape charges. In a statement on its website, Red Jacket Firearms LLC says it has legally separated from Hayden.
    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A firearms company affiliated with reality TV star Will Hayden is distancing itself from him after his arrest on rape charges. In a statement on its website, Red Jacket Firearms LLC says it has legally separated from Hayden.
  • Cops Producers Talk About Crewmember

    Cops Producers Talk About Crewmember

    Thursday, August 28 2014 11:21 AM EDT2014-08-28 15:21:56 GMT
    Omaha, NE(AP)- Omaha police say officers' gunfire killed a 'Cops' television show crew member and a robbery suspect at a fast-food restaurant.
    Omaha, NE(AP)- Omaha police say officers' gunfire killed a 'Cops' television show crew member and a robbery suspect at a fast-food restaurant.
  • Teacher accused of having sex with 2 students

    Teacher accused of having sex with 2 students

    Thursday, August 28 2014 9:53 AM EDT2014-08-28 13:53:04 GMT
    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Riverdale Christian Academy administrators have fired English teacher Ashley Dowden following her confession to deputies that she had sex with a 16-year-old student.
    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Riverdale Christian Academy administrators have fired English teacher Ashley Dowden following her confession to deputies that she had sex with a 16-year-old student.
  • Jonesville man arrested after explosion in wife's car

    Jonesville man arrested after explosion in wife's car

    Monday, August 25 2014 10:15 PM EDT2014-08-26 02:15:52 GMT
    JONESVILLE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Catahoula Parish Sheriff's Office has arrested a Jonesville man after an explosion in his wife's car Monday morning.
    JONESVILLE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Catahoula Parish Sheriff's Office has arrested a Jonesville man after an explosion in his wife's car Monday morning.
  • Local Red Cross Chapter slashed in cutbacks

    Local Red Cross Chapter slashed in cutbacks

    Thursday, August 28 2014 2:22 PM EDT2014-08-28 18:22:44 GMT
    MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Big changes at the American Red Cross on a national level are having an effect on local staffing. As part of restructuring, the Northeast Louisiana Chapter based in Monroe is loosing its executive director and three other full time employees.
    MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Big changes at the American Red Cross on a national level are having an effect on local staffing. As part of restructuring, the Northeast Louisiana Chapter based in Monroe is loosing its executive director and three other full time employees.
  • Attorney says man did not commit suicide while in police custody

    Attorney says man did not commit suicide while in police custody

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 11:16 PM EDT2014-08-28 03:16:42 GMT
    New Iberia, La. (KNOE 8 News) - It's a local story making national news. Monroe-based attorney Carol Powell Lexing is representing the family of Victor White III, who died while in custody of the New Iberia Parish Sheriff's Office on March 3. 
    New Iberia, La. (KNOE 8 News) - It's a local story making national news. Monroe-based attorney Carol Powell Lexing is representing the family of Victor White III, who died while in custody of the New Iberia Parish Sheriff's Office on March 3. 
  • Jolie, Pitt wed in Chateau Miraval, France

    Jolie, Pitt wed in Chateau Miraval, France

    Thursday, August 28 2014 11:46 AM EDT2014-08-28 15:46:59 GMT
    NEW YORK (AP) - Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt were married Saturday in Chateau Miraval, France, says a spokesman for the couple.
    NEW YORK (AP) - Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt were married Saturday in Chateau Miraval, France, says a spokesman for the couple.
  • Shreveport man dies in shooting

    Shreveport man dies in shooting

    Thursday, August 28 2014 1:51 PM EDT2014-08-28 17:51:15 GMT
    SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - Police say a 22-year-old Shreveport man has died following an early morning shooting.
    SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - Police say a 22-year-old Shreveport man has died following an early morning shooting.
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KNOE. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.