COLUMBUS, Miss. – The holiday season is underway, and unfortunately, so is the season of increased criminal activity.

Randy Vibrock, Mississippi University for Women’s chief of police, offers tips that everyone can use when it comes to personal safety and avoiding potentially dangerous situations.

• Avoid traveling alone when possible.
• When returning to your vehicle, have keys out and ready.
• Do not leave packages or valuables on the seat of your car.
• If you must use an ATM, choose one that is located inside or in a well-lighted location.
• Stay alert to your surroundings.
• Be aware of strangers approaching you for any reason.

“Sometimes we can become complacent and comfortable with our surroundings. These safety tips are a good reminder that we should always be aware of our surroundings and they provide information that can help prevent someone from becoming a victim of a crime. During this time of year, people become busy and are more vulnerable to being victims of a crime,” said Vibrock.

Shopping malls and local stores are crowded with customers looking for items on their list. Most stores offer the service of an employee escort for customers to their vehicle. W students, staff and faculty also are encouraged to contact Night Owls between the hours of 7 p.m. and 2 a.m. for an escort across campus. 

“Always be aware of your surroundings. Avoid distractions, particularly distractions caused by using mobile devices. Your eyes should be up, so you are aware of anyone who may approach you,” added Vibrock.

If an individual happens to find themselves a victim of a robbery, Chief Vibrock suggested throwing your valuables one direction and running in the opposite direction, draw as much attention to yourself as possible by yelling for help and defending yourself until help arrives. 

He also advised immediately reporting suspicious activity to the MUW PD at (662) 241-7777 or 911.


 

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Dec. 6, 2018
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Dec. 6, 2018

Contact: Tyler Wheat

(662) 241-7863

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W police chief offers holiday safety tips

COLUMBUS, Miss. – The holiday season is underway, and unfortunately, so is the season of increased criminal activity.

Randy Vibrock, Mississippi University for Women’s chief of police, offers tips that everyone can use when it comes to personal safety and avoiding potentially dangerous situations.

• Avoid traveling alone when possible.

• When returning to your vehicle, have keys out and ready.

• Do not leave packages or valuables on the seat of your car.

• If you must use an ATM, choose one that is located inside or in a well-lighted location.

• Stay alert to your surroundings.

• Be aware of strangers approaching you for any reason.

“Sometimes we can become complacent and comfortable with our surroundings. These safety tips are a good reminder that we should always be aware of our surroundings and they provide information that can help prevent someone from becoming a victim of a crime. During this time of year, people become busy and are more vulnerable to being victims of a crime,” said Vibrock.

Shopping malls and local stores are crowded with customers looking for items on their list. Most stores offer the service of an employee escort for customers to their vehicle. W students, staff and faculty also are encouraged to contact Night Owls between the hours of 7 p.m. and 2 a.m. for an escort across campus. 

“Always be aware of your surroundings. Avoid distractions, particularly distractions caused by using mobile devices. Your eyes should be up, so you are aware of anyone who may approach you,” added Vibrock.

If an individual happens to find themselves a victim of a robbery, Chief Vibrock suggested throwing your valuables one direction and running in the opposite direction, draw as much attention to yourself as possible by yelling for help and defending yourself until help arrives. 

He also advised immediately reporting suspicious activity to the MUW PD at (662) 241-7777 or 911.

 

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