While the season for giving officially starts Friday, it’s also the season of taking for some less scrupulous people. Richmond Police Department Chief Larry Brock offers the following tips to Madison Countians to help ensure everyone has a happy, and safe, holiday shopping season:
• Carry your valuables wisely. Carry only the credit cards you need and avoid carrying large amounts of cash. Do not “flash” large amounts of cash while shopping.
• Do not leave valuables visible in your vehicle. When storing items purchased at the stores, place them out of sight. The best place is a locked trunk.
• Carry a cell phone with you. If someone makes you suspicious or uncomfortable, notify security or call the police. Don’t talk on a cell phone when walking to and from your vehicle. Keep your full attention on your surroundings.
• Whenever possible, park and walk in well-lit areas. Avoid parking in an unlit lot or area, no matter how convenient it is. Park and walk in well-traveled areas. Be aware of your surroundings, especially the people around you.
• Carry your purse close to you, with the opening or flap toward your body. Never leave a purse unattended or open in a shopping cart. Strap the purse into the cart using the infant seat belt if possible. Do not have your purse in a cart as you leave the store or while you unload your cart.
• Protect your credit card numbers and other personal information. Carefully dispose of receipts that have a credit card number on them. Never provide credit card information in response to unsolicited calls or emails.
• Don’t announce your new high-dollar purchases after the holidays. Break down the boxes of TVs, stereos, computers, etc. and turn them inside out before putting them in the trash.
• If you are traveling for the holidays, make your home look “lived in.” Have a friend or neighbor collect your mail and newspapers or have your service suspended while you are away (call 624-6680 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to get a delivery hold on a Richmond Register subscription). Use timers to turn lights off and on.
• Be aware of your surroundings. When you return to your vehicle, scan the interior of your car to be sure no one is hiding inside. Check to see if you are being followed.
• Have your keys in hand when approaching your vehicle. You will be ready to unlock the door and will not be delayed by fumbling and looking for your keys.
• Lock your vehicle and put up your windows even while you are driving.
• Select safe ATM locations. If you go to an automatic teller machine for cash, check for people around and make sure it is well-lit and in a safe location.
• Drive defensively. Traffic is heavier during the holidays. Drivers also may have indulged in too much holiday spirits.
Tips for safely shopping online:
• Before surfing the Internet, secure your personal computers by updating your security software. Everyone’s computer should have anti-virus, anti-spyware and anti-spam software as well as a good firewall installed.
• Keep your personal information private and your password secure. Do not respond to requests to “verify” your password or credit card information unless you initiated the contact. Legitimate businesses will not contact you in this manner.
• Beware of “bargains” from companies with whom you are unfamiliar ― if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!
• Use secure website for purchases. Look for the icon of a locked padlock at the bottom of the screen or “https” in the URL address.
• Shop with companies you know and trust. Check for background information if you plan to buy from a new or unfamiliar company.
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The Eastern Kentucky University Colonels are OVC champions and are headed to the Big Dance.
Hot early shooting propelled EKU to a thrilling 79-73 win over defending champion Belmont Saturday in the championship game of the OVC Tournament.
The Colonels receive the OVC's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
The win gave EKU it's sixth OVC Conference Tournament title.
The Colonels hit four consecutive three pointers to open the game and led by as many as 15 points in the first half.
Corey Walden led all scorers in the game with 29 points, including 10-of-11 free throws. Glenn Cosey finished with 23 points on 5-of-8 shooting on three-pointers and Tarius Johnson added 15 points and five rebounds.
Veteran certification officer fired from EKU
Accusations of cheating on an online test led to the firing of an 18-year Eastern Kentucky University employee Wednesday.
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Proposed bill takes aim at heroin problem
Proposed legislation before the Kentucky General Assembly aims to combat the state’s growing heroin problem using three strategies – education, treatment and law enforcement aid.
Sen. Jared Carpenter, R-Berea, is one of the sponsors of Senate Bill 5. The bill was passed in the Senate earlier this year, 36-1, and is waiting to be heard by the House Judiciary Committee.
New kid at the market
A three-day old black-and-white goat named Ellsa was the star Saturday morning at the new Richmond Downtown Farmers Market.
The Nubian goat mix was brought to the weekly market by Four Sisters Farm. Located off Four Mile Road in Madison County, the farm specializes in goat products.
Hundreds turn out for fishing team’s fundraiser
Madison Central High School’s bass fishing team got a boost Saturday when its first-ever Fishing Tackle Swap turned out to be a huge success.
About 500 buyers showed up to check out what the 38 vendors had to offer. At least 17 of the vendors were from outside Madison County. There were even a few boats for sale.
Pets of the Week from the Madison County Animal Shelter
The Madison County Animal Shelter is located at 1386 Richmond Road in Berea. Shelter hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Animals available for adoption can be seen from noon to close Monday through Saturday.
Feds deny giving OK to selenium standards
When lawmakers wrestled last year with new standards for releasing selenium into streams by coal mines and industry, they were assured by state officials the proposals were based on sound science and approved by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials.
Eastern students practice fire fighting in burning building
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Airport planning mock disaster drill
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