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.
- Local News
My fair ladies
10th Quilt Extravaganza is Friday, Saturday
Displays of quilts by men, baby quilts, the Grandmother’s Flower Garden pattern, an exhibit of feed sack fabric, ongoing demonstrations, and a vendors market are features of the 10th Berea Quilt Extravaganza Friday and Saturday at Berea Community School off Ellipse Street.
RPD: Heroin sales lead to trafficking indictment
Executing a warrant issued after Samantha Frederick, 29, Northgate Drive, was indicted July 16 by a Madison County grand jury, Richmond Police arrested her Monday on drug trafficking charges.
YMCA, county district to provide after-school care
The Telford YMCA is partnering with the Madison County School District to provide after-school child care for kindergarten and elementary students.
YMCA Executive Director Dave Wallace and Madison County School Superintendent Elmer Thomas announced the partnership Monday afternoon.
Memories bloom in May’s garden
After realizing a story was being written about 96-year-old Lucille May, tenants of Willis Manor gathered in the lobby to share stories about her.
Affectionately called “Mamaw” by other residents and workers at the apartment building, May has spent the four years of her residence transforming an outdoor garden that was overtaken by weeds. It’s now a thriving flowerbed, complete with interesting rocks, decorations and conversation.
Water Street storm-water digging begins
Caisson holes were drilled and then filled with concrete and steel poles Monday to create a retaining structure to shore up the Allstate Insurance building foundations' firm when excavation for the Water Street Stormwater Improvement Project begins.
Digging for 20 ton, 6 by 7 foot concrete box culverts will begin today, if weather permits, said Jason Hart, Richmond’s director of Planning and Zoning. The culverts will help reduce the likelihood of flooding on Water Street by carrying storm water under Main Street, the CVS parking lot and Irvine Street to a stream, he said.
RPD: Bottle bomb injures man, damages neighbor’s home
Richmond Police on Friday charged Robert Abney, 30, of Moberly Avenue, in connection with a May 30 explosion that injured Abney and damaged a neighbor’s home.
Officers were dispatched May 30 to a residence in the 500 block of Moberly Avenue to investigate the report of an explosion.
They found the remains of a plastic bottle bomb near a residence adjoining Moberly’s, according to an RPD news release. A wall of the occupied home was smoldering and grass was burned in the area, it added.
Two led police on I-75 chase from Berea
Berea Police found a man passed out and intoxicated inside his crashed vehicle on Interstate 75 Wednesday, according to a police report.
Steven Coffey, 34, of Berea, had slurred speech and was unsteady on his feet when officers arrived at the vehicle, the police report stated. They determined he was under the influence of drugs, the report stated.
A race to the finish line
Sheltered by overcast sky and supported by a cool breeze, teams competed Saturday morning in the second annual HeartChase at Richmond Centre.
Hops & Vine Festival raises money for humane society
Downtown Richmond’s Hops and Vine Festival started more than two years ago with a question.
- More Local News Headlines
- My fair ladies