Crime Prevention: Don't be a victim
By By J.T. Turner
June 1, 2014 at 1:01 a.m.
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
That statement also holds true when preventing crime. It is far easier to prevent crime than it is to recover from it.
One of the goals of crime prevention is educating the public on what crimes are actually occurring in your community and how to prevent becoming a victim. Residential and vehicle security, personal security and situational awareness are all subjects we should be familiar with.
With that in mind, the Victoria Police Department Crime Prevention Unit will provide you with an ounce of prevention by offering free crime prevention classes open to the public.
The classes are directed toward those citizens who are concerned about criminal activity, what to look for and how to better protect themselves, their homes and their property.
Students will be taught simple and effective ways to improve their personal security when at home, in the office or out in public, plus have a better understanding of what crimes are actually occurring in our community.
Active Crime Prevention - Learn how to recognize suspicious activity and when to call 911. Learn how to be more aware of your surroundings and more observant. Learn ways to be proactive in preventing crime and learn how to involve others in stopping crime before it ever happens.
Burglary Prevention - Learn how to safeguard your home, vehicle and buildings against would-be burglars. You will be shown examples of easy, inexpensive and effective ways to secure your property.
Scams and Fraud, Awareness and Prevention - This class will update you on the most current scams in and around our area and provide a refresher on age-old scams that are continuing today. The student will learn what to be aware of, how to respond and how to prevent scams and fraud.
Neighborhood Watch - Who knows what goes on in a neighborhood better than those who live there? Learn about the theory and history of Neighborhood Watch, how to start your own, the duties of all involved and topics for interesting meetings.
All courses are free and open to the public. Citizens may reserve a seat for the courses by calling the Victoria Police Department Crime Prevention Unit at 361-485-3808. Courses are held in the Victoria Police Department Community Room in Victoria Mall (next to Sears).
Classes aren't limited to just those mentioned above, and others will come.
For more information, contact Crime Prevention Officer J.T. Turner, Crime Prevention Unit, at 361-485-3808.