Sgt. James Orr offers crime prevention tipsPublished 6:58pm Thursday, November 7, 2013
Crime can occur any time, any place and to anyone. Volunteer Connections of Central Alabama recently helped seniors gain knowledge to protect themselves.
Alexander City Police officer James Orr, who works with the department’s crime prevention unit, gave seniors tips on protecting themselves from criminals and against identity theft Thursday at the VCCA office.
“Crime prevention is very important. All of us can or may be a victim of a crime. These are very simple things that we can do to prevent ourselves from being the victim,” Orr said. “You just have to take those opportunities away from the offenders.”
Orr gave seniors tips on protecting themselves from property theft, including keeping doors and windows locked, keeping their homes well lit, and not giving criminals an opportunity to make them a victim.
“Most criminals are people of opportunity. They’re walking around looking for opportunities. That’s what you’re job and mine has to be – take opportunities away from criminals,” Orr said. “When we get out of our cars, lock your doors. Don’t leave purses in plain sight. Don’t place things of value in a car in plain sight. At home, lock your doors and keep things of value out of sight.
“They’re looking things they can quickly get a hold of and get away.”
Orr also gave seniors tips for different scenarios as well, including not walking alone at night and not picking up hitchhikers.
Seniors were also given pamphlets with tips to protect themselves.
But overall, Orr said a big part of protecting yourself for crime is to be prepared.
“You need to prepare yourself mentally and physically in order to protect yourself,” Orr said. “Our judgment is our best weapon.”