Valdosta Daily Times

November 28, 2013

Holiday Safety Tips

Adam Floyd
The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — Valdosta police are increasing efforts to curb burglaries and vehicle thefts during the holidays and are asking the public to take precautions.

“We are only as good as the community we serve. We can’t be everywhere at once,” said Chief Brian Childress. “Help us help you.”

Childress said he always sees an increase in home burglaries and vehicle break-ins during the holiday season and that there are easy ways to make your home and vehicle less attractive to thieves.

“We are telling everybody to please lock their doors,” said Childress. “We are always working cases where people leave their doors unlocked.”

Childress also warns against leaving recently purchased items in plain view in vehicles.

“Leave them in your trunk or take them home,” said Childress. “If you leave them in plain view, you’re going to make yourself more attractive for a vehicle break-in.”

The Valdosta Police Department is increasing patrols and placing a mobile command unit in the parking lot of the Valdosta Mall to patrol business along Norman Drive and Baytree Road. Officers will be stationed at the mobile command unit from Thanksgiving until Christmas. The mobile unit also has a surveillance camera used to help patrol parking lots and businesses.    

“That camera has a range of a mile and a half to two miles,” said Childress.

To prevent home burglaries, Childress recommends investing in an alarm system or asking a neighbor to watch your home.

“Be a nosey neighbor,” said Childress. “If you see someone suspicious in your neighborhood or in your neighbor’s yard, don’t hesitate to call 911.”