LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — Being safe in today’s world is a precaution that all citizens should take.
That was the message brought to a group at the Laurel County Public Library on Monday night during a safety presentation by the London Police Department.
Officer Mike Holliday and Sgt. Travis Dotson, both of whom are also school resource officers for the Laurel County School System, offered some safety tips to ward off potential assailants.
The hour-long presentation focused on safety at home and in the public as well as vehicle, public transportation and dating safety.
Holliday talked about home safety, telling residents to “case” their own home just as a potential burglar would do.
“Secure entry points and even ask the police to do a security survey for you,” Holliday said. “Half the battle (of home safety) is being prepared.”
Outdoor lighting in the proper places is essential, he said, as well as keeping landscaping such as shrubs and bushes trimmed and at least six inches below window level. Large shrubbery is an easy hideaway for potential burglars, he added. Having easy access to a home is another factor that often aid criminals in residential thefts.
“Invest in good locks and have heavy doors. Be aware of glass windows in doors,” he said. “If you have glass doors, even if you have good locks, all anyone has to do is break out a window and they’re in your home.”
Dead bolts and windows with locks are another deterrent for potential criminals. Holliday noted that windows are most often the entry point for burglars. Alarm systems that are monitored through local dispatch centers and motion detectors are also a preventative measure that residents can take to protect themselves.
Keeping lights on and rotating those lights during absences could aid in warding off unwanted visitors. Having someone pick up your mail during absences and having a trusted friend or relative check your home is another tip. Dotson warned, however, not to post your vacation or absence on electronic media.