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 email@example.com 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.
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The Eastern Kentucky University Board of Regents on Monday approved a tobacco-free campus policy and set 2014-15 rates for tuition, housing and meal plans.
Effective June 1, the use of tobacco on all property that is owned, leased, occupied or controlled by the university will be prohibited.
Owner requests business zoning for corner of West Main and Tates Creek
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$250,000 wrecker stolen
A representative of Barger’s Wrecking Service, North Porter Drive, reported to Richmond police Sunday that a black, 1996 Peterbilt wrecker with company logos on it was stolen from the business’ parking lot. The wrecker is valued at $250,000, according to the police report.
Local jobless rate for 2013 was same as 2012
Madison was one of 12 Kentucky counties with a 2013 jobless rate unchanged from the previous year, according to statistics released Tuesday.
Still, only four counties – Woodford, 6.1; Fayette and Oldham, 6.5; and Scott, 6.7 – had jobless rates better than Madison’s 6.8 percent.
Danville officials table fairness ordinance
City officials in Danville have tabled an anti-discrimination proposal.
The Advocate-Messenger reports that the move on Monday came after questions were raised about its legality and suggestions were made for changes.
Grimes outpaces McConnell in first quarter
Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes has again outpaced her likely Republican general election opponent, incumbent Mitch McConnell, in fundraising during the first quarter — but she remains well behind McConnell in total fundraising and cash on hand.
Easter bunny's ‛eggbeater’ will fly eggs to Richmond
Who knew the Easter bunny could fly?
Skeptics can come to the Easter Eggstravaganza in Richmond’s Irvine-McDowell Park on Saturday to see for themselves. However, the bunny still doesn’t fly in bad weather. But on Monday, temperatures in the 60s with partly cloudy skies were predicted for Saturday.
Absentee voting in primary begins
Voting for the May 20 primary election began Monday with mail-in and in-house absentee voting, according to an announcement from Madison County Clerk Kenny Barger.
Wind today, possibly snow Tuesday morning; hard freeze Tuesday night
While rain and possibly snow are in the forecast for Tuesday morning, the National Weather Service in Louisville is advising that high winds may continue in Madison County until 3 p.m. today. Gusts of up to 40 mph and scattered thunderstorms are possible.
Salvation Army Auxiliary founder honored at 20th anniversary tea
About 225 people filled the Christian Life Center of Richmond’s First Presbyterian Church on Saturday afternoon to enjoy an elegant tea and be entertained by a Dixieland band and a barbershop quartet, all in support of the local Salvation Army unit.
This year’s tea celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Richmond Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary, and recognition was given to the organization’s founder.
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