For most people, the holiday season is the most joyful time of the year, but also the busiest. The Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Department has some tips for locals out and about during this season, where crime tends to rise.
Chief Deputy Ward Calhoun:
“As we head into the holiday season, we’d remind our citizens to be mindful of their safety. During this time of year people get in a hurry; a lot going on, events at work, at church, at home—so sometimes people can get where they kind of maybe don’t focus so much on their own safety.”
One of the biggest ways crime occurs is because of all the holiday shopping taking place. Calhoun says cars are very prone to being broken into this time of year. Now the Sheriff’s Department says when you’re done shopping for those Christmas gifts for yourself or for your friends or family, to be sure to not leave seat and to put them in the trunk.
“The number one rule is to be aware of the area around you, and then while you’re doing that, if you see something that looks suspicious, make other people aware or notify authorities.”