To prevent crime, pay attention to surroundings, speaker urgesSFlb

By Virginia Ross

The officer said people should always be aware of what is going on around them.

NORTH LIMA — When it comes to protecting your home, your car, your family or yourself, the most important thing you can do is to pay attention to your surroundings, explained Beaver Township Police Lt. Kal Adorjan.

Addressing members of the Beaver Township Crime Watch group last week, Adorjan advised them to be aware of the people around them and to pay attention to anything that seems out of place.

“We’ve heard it time and time again, but we need to pay attention to it and make it part of our daily routine,” he said. “Be aware of what’s going on around you, people coming and going, vehicles, everything. If something seems wrong or out of place or out of the ordinary, don’t be afraid to mention it, and never be afraid or concerned about calling the police to have it checked out.”

Adorjan, a veteran police officer and self-defense instructor, presented the personal safety program to the crime watch group in the activity center of Shepherd of the Valley, 9111 Sharrott Road. The group typically meets at the activity center to discuss local issues and concerns and learn about ways to fight crime in their own neighborhoods.

It periodically hosts speakers who focus on various topics involving personal and household safety and steps that they can take to avoid becoming victims.

Adorjan’s presentation explored personal, home and vehicle safety.

“Let your loved ones know your comings and goings,” he said. “All it takes is a phone call. Let them know the route you plan to take and when you expect to return so they know what’s going on.

“Avoid taking short cuts through areas you don’t know or that are desolate. That’s one sure way to get into trouble. A lot of this is common sense, and we’ve all heard it before, but we need to be reminded and practice it.”

He said Beaver Township police frequently provide a service of checking on a house when township residents are away or there is a funeral or other family emergency.

He said that when confronted with an uncomfortable or threatening situation, you shouldn’t worry about calling attention to yourself and the person or individuals you feel could be a threat to your safety.

“Make some noise,” he said. “For the most part, they want easy access, to get in and out without any attention, without being noticed. The more noise you make, the more likely they are to flee. Make eye contact with them. Be confident. Be assertive, and let them know you’re alert, and that you’re not an easy target.”

Finally, don’t let just anyone into your house, he warned. If someone arrives and identifies himself as being with a utility company or other service provider, check his identification, ask him for his work number, and verify he’s to be there.

“Again, just always be on the alert,” he said. “It’s better to risk putting someone off than being sorry you didn’t listen to your instincts or pay attention to your feelings,” he said. “It’s an age-old truth, but it’s always better to be safe than sorry.”

For more information about Beaver Township Crime Watch, call (330) 549-5338.

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