McPherson’s Chief of Police Rob McClarty this morning issued a public service announcement, reminding local area residents of some basic safety tips for this winter season.
“Just a reminder for everybody with the winter weather here, if you would remember to drive accordingly to cut back on accidents, to protect you and your family,” McClarty advised.
Chief McClarty went on to remind everyone not to leave children or animals in a vehicle unattended -- or to even leave the car unattended while it’s running, which is against the law.
“It’s actually a crime to leave your vehicle running unattended,” said McClarty. “As if it were warming up in the morning or anywhere else, stopped at a business where you may just run in for a moment -- that’s not safe, and it can turn up missing.”
Chief McClarty also offered up some safety tips for personal property. A lot of these may seem like common sense, but police reports show that just the simple act of locking doors and not leaving things out in the open can deter many crimes of opportunity in the local area.
“Remember to lock your doors, lock your vehicles,” McClarty urged. “Secure your items out of view so people can’t see them looking in the windows of your cars or even your home or business.”
And if you’re going to be out of town over the holiday, Chief McClarty gave some basic tips to secure your home while you’re away. Thieves, after all, aren’t looking for a challenge.
“Turn on lights, music, if you’re going to be gone for an extended period of time,” McClarty suggested. “Please don’t leave your Christmas lights plugged in. Make sure your doors and windows are locked. Don’t display your gifts where they can easily be seen from outside your home, looking in a window.
“If you plan to have packages delivered to your home,” he continued, “Have someone remove them as quickly as possible from the front porch, just help deter people from stealing your items. If you’re going to be gone for an extended period of time, please have someone remove your mail, or stop your mail from being delivered. That also includes your newspaper.”
And finally, Chief McClarty asked everyone to just be aware and pay attention to what’s going on around you.
“Whether you’re in the stores, at your home, or anywhere else, just self-awareness can keep you – whether you’re driving, you’re home, or even while you’re out shopping – can keep you from slipping and falling and hurting yourself, and keep your items more safe.”