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Safety Tips for Holidays


Can you believe the weather we have been experiencing this fall?  Some argue global warming while others just appreciate another day of beauty and being easy on the heating costs.  To those wanting a white Christmas, just a thought, but be careful what you ask for. J

Christmas and the New Year are almost here and all of us at the LCSO want you to have the best time ever.  We also want you to be safe and think ahead.  Please give consideration to the following concerns:

            Traffic safety is a priority.  The highways will be jammed with many people traveling and in a hurry to reach their destination.  Unfortunately many will disregard speed limits, remain on their electronic devices or ingest alcohol, drugs or both and risk everyone's life on or near the roadways.  Unfortunately there will be serious injuries and death on the roads across the country due to traffic crashes.  Let's all help reduce those numbers please.

            Social Media is a great thing to show off your photos, new gifts, trip, or decorations.  However for personal things Social Media is often best used after the fact to share where you have been instead of where you are going!  Meaning Criminals like to see when you and your family and even the dog will be gone.  Consider the background in all your photos, please do not give everyone else the tip of what you have, where you have it and when you will not be home.  Too many people across the country will return from holiday celebrations to find their home or business broken into and items missing.  If you share this information AFTER the fact, it takes the advantage away from the criminals and keeps you that much safer.  Trust me there are groups who look for opportunities and want to minimize their risks of being caught.

            Personal safety.  Remember not everyone you meet at an outing, bar or party wants to be your friend.  Some creepers utilize date rape drugs (yes, even in small town USA) or do other things to take advantage of you.  I would rather you read this 100 times over versus sharing very private and horrible information with law enforcement or emergency medical staff of how you became a victim.

We want you to make life-long positive and wonderful memories with your family, friends and other loved ones!  Celebrate the reason for the season and give credit where credit is due. 

Feel safer knowing we have a great group of well-trained deputy sheriffs who will be out in force 24/7 looking for those who need our attention.  We will gladly help with a change of address to anyone wanting to harm others, break into homes or businesses, and even meet those who are endangering everyone on the roadways.  Remember we love it when you get home safe!

We wish you a Very Merry Christmas!


Sheriff Steve Cox and the LCSO staff