Criminal Activity Increases During the Holiday Season - Safety Tips

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Tuesday, November 19, 2013 - 2:34pm

In an effort to maintain a safe and secure environment during the upcoming holiday season, the St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s Office wants to make the public aware that criminal statistics have shown that during the holiday season criminal activity increases. The economic conditions of today may be a contributing factor to an increase in criminal activity during the holiday season.

Citizens and business owners can take necessary precautions to reduce criminal activity such as:

• Maintaining video surveillance systems to assure that they are functioning properly
• Adequate lighting
• Adequate visibility
• Alarm systems working properly
• Prepare pre-arranged robbery plans for employees
• Internal signals for employees in the event of robbery
• Obtain a detailed description of suspect(s) height, race, weight, clothing, shoes, jewelry, tattoos, vehicle description, and direction of travel without risking the safety of yourself or co-workers

If you become a “victim” of a robbery:

• Call 911
• Keep your doors locked
• Do not allow anyone inside or outside of the establishment or residence until law enforcement has arrived on scene
• Do not disturb the crime scene
• Do not attempt to fight the suspect(s)
• Do not attempt to follow the suspect(s)    

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