Summer Safety Series
During the warmer months, many people go to the beach. What should be an enjoyable time often turns into tragedy when many of these people become victims of crime. The real tragedy is that following a few simple tips could have prevented many of these crimes.
Park your car in the beach parking lot, or as near to it as possible, if it is full. Parking on a side street away from the beach to save money could cost you much more in the long run. Thieves look around these streets watching for people to leave their cars and head for the beach. Thieves know that you aren’t likely to come back to your car for hours, so they have plenty of time to break in and take what they want. Also, make sure to note where you parked your car.
Take only the keys to your car, and lock your belongings somewhere out of sight in the vehicle, such as the glove compartment or the trunk.
Attach car keys to a large key chain or some other large item. This will make keys easier to find and there will be less chance of losing them in the sand.
Don’t wear jewelry to the beach; it is very easy to lose. Once something like jewelry is lost in the sand it is very difficult to find.
Don’t take unnecessary items on the beach with you, such as your wallet with credit cards, etc. You don’t need credit cards or checkbooks there. Just take a small amount of money if you think you will need it.
When taking your necessary items to the beach, carry them in some type of beach bag. A bag that can be zipped shut is preferable, but if you have one that cannot be closed like that, be sure to keep the valuables inside (such as money, keys, etc.) covered. For example, clothing or a towel can be used to prevent a thief from having an easy view of what is inside the bag.
Keep your items somewhere that is close and within your view. For example, place items at your side rather than behind your back or beach chair.
Be alert for people who look suspicious or out of place, and who appear to be overly concerned with other person’s actions and/or property.
Since it is very easy for people, especially children, to get lost on the beach, remember to check the number of the nearest lifeguard tower. This is a good reference point to help you remember where you are located on the beach.
If you go out for a walk, or to the water for a swim, ask someone you trust to watch your things while you are away.
When children go to public restrooms, they should be escorted by an adult.
Finally, be sure to report all crimes. Whether you live locally or far away this is important so that the law enforcement agency that has jurisdiction over that beach can take steps to combat the problem.
Be Wise & Be Safe
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