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WHITE HOUSE VISIT
Fayetteville's mayor and police chief are headed to the White House. Chief of Police Harold E. Medlock and Mayor Nat Robertson will participate Thursday in a forum on best practices in community policing.
Robertson said he's looking forward to meeting with other city leaders across the country to exchange ideas on how to keep residents safe.
The mayor credited Fayetteville's progress in reducing crime with earning them the invitation.
"For the second year in a row, we're looking at a double-digit decrease in our crime rate, and that is due to, of course, the resources that the City Council has given to the police chief, but also the police chief's initiatives," Robertson said.
CRIME PREVENTION TIPS
Don’t be a victim of crime. Here are some safety tips to help you avoid becoming a victim of residential and vehicle breaking and entering crimes.
For your home:
- Always lock your doors at night and every time you leave home.
- Doors should have heavy duty dead bolt locks
- Do not leave any keys under the door mat.
- Utilize bars on your sliding doors and dowel rods on your windows.
- Set the alarm set when you leave.
- Trim shrubs and bushes so there is no place for someone to hide.
- Turn on outside lighting at night.
- Position TVs, gaming consoles, DVDs, computers and any other valuables away from plain sight and from windows or glass doors.
- Provide proper window coverings to keep what's inside your home from plain sight to potential burglars.
- Engrave your electronics with an identifying number and inventory your valuables. Place this information in a safe place.
- Utilize pad locks on sheds and outside access doors.
For your vehicle:
- Lock doors and keep windows rolled up.
- Remove all valuables (iPods/MP3, cell phone, GPS & money) out of the vehicle.
- Remove packages in plain sight from inside the vehicle.
- Remove computer bags and/or book covers that could be mistaken for a purse.
- Do not leave your vehicle running and unoccupied.
- Do not leave your purse/wallet in the vehicle.
REPORT SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY
Every citizen needs to continue to serve as the eyes and ears of your neighborhood and community. Secure your valuables and lock your vehicle doors. Please, continue to be alert and aware of your surroundings and report suspicious activity by calling 911