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Holiday Safety Tips

November 19th, 2019

 

Fire Safety

During Christmas, a lot of lights are used to decorate our trees, houses, etc. and most of the time there are not enough electrical outlets to plug the lights into or the outlets are too far away. This is when we use extension cords. These cords are only to be used as temporary wiring while the electrical appliance is being used and should be unplugged when finished.

In the case of Christmas lights, we should only use cords that are in good condition and not run them under rugs or cover the cords. Never plug two cords together! Instead, get a single cord that is the correct length. Also, do not plug too many lights in together (see picture on right), look on the box the lights came in to see how many strands can be safely plugged in together, and always unplug lights before leaving home.

Live Christmas Tree?

  • Keep plenty of water in the stand, never let the stand get empty.
  • Check the lights before you put them on the tree. Make sure that they are in good shape with no frayed wire or missing insulation and the plug has fuse protection.
  • If you have to use an extension cord make sure it is the correct size.
  • Do not use the small 6ft “Household” cords. Use a heavier extension cord or a power strip with a circuit breaker.
  • Keep all open flames away from trees. Live trees are extremely flammable.
  • If you burn candles, put them in a holder that will support the candle at the base to keep it from falling over. Always extinguish candles when they can’t be attended.

 

Fried Turkey?

If your holiday plans call for frying a turkey, here are some tips to make the occasion a safe and enjoyable one:

  • Fryers should always be used outdoors, on a solid level surface a safe distance from buildings and flammable materials.
  • Never use a fryer on a wooden deck, under a patio cover, in a garage or enclosed space.
  • Do not overfill the fryer.
  • Never leave the fryer unattended because, without thermostat controls, the oil will continue to heat until it catches fire.
  • Never let children or pets near the fryer when in use or after use as the oil can remain hot for hours.
  • Use well-insulated potholders or oven mitts and wear long sleeves and safety goggles to protect from splatter.
  • Make sure the turkey is completely thawed before it is placed in a fryer.
  • Keep all-purpose fire extinguishers nearby.
  • If a turkey fryer fire occurs, call 911 immediately!

For more information on Holiday fire safety, contact Havelock Fire & Rescue at 252-444-6443.


 

Police Safety

The holiday season is here and all across the country law enforcement agencies always see an increase in the number of reported break-ins and theft cases. The Havelock Police Department would like to remind everyone of some basic safety tips for the holiday season. These basic safety tips can also be applied year round.

Havelock Police Holiday Safety Letter

Car Theft Using 3 Soda Cans

Crime can occur because of opportunity. Please help us reduce the amount of opportunity criminals have to commit crimes:

• Lock and secure all windows and doors in your home/business and vehicle (s). Do not leave valuables in your car, take them inside or lock them out of view (firearms, electronics, gifts, purse/wallet, phones, laptops etc ).

• Ladies, when shopping in a store and pushing a shopping cart, do not walk away from the cart and leave your purse/wallet unattended. Be mindful of your personal belongings and zip the purse closed at all times

• Upon purchasing electronics or firearms, please record make/model/serial number, or, take pictures of the serial number and secure those numbers or photographs in a safe place. Should you become the victim of a crime these numbers or photographs can assist law enforcement in identifying your property.

• If it sounds too good to be true, it likely is is…Be cautious of any correspondence ( text, email, letter, even a phone call ) that states you have won a lottery or any monetary/item prize that requires you to send money prior to receiving your prize. 100% of these are fraud. If you have any concerns about this type of correspondence, contact a family member for advice, research it on the internet, or contact your local law enforcement agency

• If you live within the city limits of Havelock and you plan on leaving town for vacation, please contact us about completing a residential check form. This form once filled out, informs us you are leaving and a police officer will stop by your residence at various times to check that all doors and windows are secure while you are gone.

• The Havelock Police Department has a Safe Exchange Zone in the parking lot. This area is under video surveillance 24 hours a day and can be used by the public as a safe place to meet up and exchange goods sold or purchased on the internet.

Please, contact Havelock PD at 447-3212 for more details.

If you have any information about any type of crime that has already occurred please contact your local law enforcement agency or the Craven County Crime Stoppers tip line at 252-633-5141.

Summer Safety

July 2nd, 2019

Summer time is upon us, kids are out of school and our lives are busier than ever.  From time to time, we tend to forget and overlook things because we are so busy.  The Havelock Police Department would like to remind everyone of some general tips to help you stay safe and protect your property.

• Lock and secure all windows and doors in your home/business and vehicle (s).  Do not leave valuables in your car, take them inside (firearms, electronics, gifts, purse/wallet, phones, laptops etc.).

• Ladies, when shopping in a store and pushing a shopping cart, do not walk away from the cart and leave your purse/wallet unattended.  Be mindful of your personal belongings and zip the purse closed at all times

• When purchasing any electronics or firearms, please record make/model/serial number in a safe place or take pictures of the serial number and store them in a safe place. This is for peace of mind and any insurance related purposes (theft, fire, weather damage).

• If it sounds too good to be true, it is… Be cautious of any correspondence (text, email, letter, even a phone call) that states you have won a lottery or any monetary/item prize and that requires you to send in money prior to receiving your prize.  100% of these are fraud. If you have any concerns about this type of correspondence, contact a family member for advice, research it on the internet or contact your local law enforcement agency.

• If you live within the city limits of Havelock and you plan on leaving town for vacation, please contact us about filling out a residential check form.  This form informs the Police Department you are leaving and an officer will stop by your residence and check that all doors and windows are secure while you are gone.

Please, contact Havelock Police Department at 252-447-3212 for more details

If you have any information about any type of crime please contact your local law enforcement agency or the Craven County Crime Stoppers tip line at 252-633-5141.

April Safety Tips

April 2nd, 2018

Vehicle Breaking & Entering


Recently, the Havelock Police Department has seen a significant increase in vehicle break-ins.  The suspect(s) are taking loose change, sunglasses, and other valuable items.  So far this year, forty-seven (47) reports have been filed for breaking and entering of vehicles compared to just twelve (12) last year for the same time period.

The Havelock Police Department would like to remind the community to remove all valuables from your car to include your phones, computers, guns, purse/wallet and other valuables. Please, lock your car doors. Most vehicle break-ins occur when the doors are left unlocked.

The vehicle break-ins are occurring all over the city; however, many are in the areas of South Forest Drive, John Court and Townhouse Drive areas.

If you have any information regarding this crime or any other crime, please contact the Havelock Police Department by one of the following methods:

Tips for a Crime Free Summer

May 26th, 2017

Summer brings with it a lot of the activities that are normally reserved specifically for this time of year. None are more important than family vacations.

car-breakin

Keep valuable items out of sight when locked inside your vehicle. Potential thieves will normally bypass empty seats.

During these vacation times, the house is often left alone for a few days to a few weeks while you’re having a great time with family. Unfortunately, burglars know this also. So what can you do so those that are determined to break into an empty house do not choose yours?

For starters, you need to make the house look as though it is not empty. Sounds easier said than done, right? Not really. Here are a few simple tips:

  • Make friends with your trusted neighbors. During vacation time, the “nosier” the neighbor, the better. Let them know when you will be away, which cars should be on your property, any deliveries scheduled to arrive, and your return date. Have them take in your newspaper and check your mail. If you are really friendly with them, ask them to move your cars around just a bit, in order to give the feel that the cars are just not sitting there. They can also move your garbage can around and/or take it to the curb on collection day. Make sure your neighbors have your contact information. (This is the essence of a Neighborhood Crime Watch that I enthusiastically suggest all neighborhoods work towards establishing. Areas that have active Neighborhood Crime Watches, statistically, have lower crime rates than surrounding areas.)
  • Share any special information with the trusted neighbor. For example, while you’re away you may have left the curtains open about three feet. If for some reason, the neighbor sees that the curtain is totally shut, he/she should be suspicious. Remember, the first thing a burglar would normally do is shut all the blinds and curtains.
  • Leave a light (lamp) on inside the house on a timer. In fact, get two timers, and schedule two different time frames for two different lamps to go on in different areas of the house. Make sure you tell your neighbor about the timers, so they do not see lights go on and off then call the police.

    Inexpensive timers can be set on multiple schedules to deter would-be theives

  • You can come to the Havelock Police Department and fill out a “Residential Security Check” form. The Havelock Police Department does not protect your home while you are away, but they will go by during various times during the days/nights while you are gone, and will perform cursory checks around your property to ensure all is as it should be.
  • While away from home and on the road, make sure you do not stand out as a tourist. Do not read maps while off the exit ramp in an area that you are not familiar with. Wait until you get to a rest stop or a well populated area. A lot of tourists have been robbed (at gunpoint) by people they have asked directions from. Remember, you do not hear any more American Express Traveler’s Checks commercials anymore. No one carries them! People either carry cash or credit/debit cards.
  • If lost, once exiting a highway, do not stop in an unfamiliar area asking people for directions.
  • When stopping to eat or to walk around, make sure all your luggage is in the trunk. People prey on unoccupied cars, filled to the brim with luggage and other valuables, at traffic stops and/or tourist areas. If you have a car with no trunk, then one person should stay with the vehicle.
  • Along those same lines, park your car in a well-lit area. Lights are the enemy of those offenders who prefer to work at night.

The bottom line is whether you are away from home or having a “stay-cation,” being aware of your surroundings and thinking proactively can make all the difference in the world.

HAVE A GREAT SUMMER!


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