BEDFORD, Va (WFXR) — Recently, the Bedford Police Department has been working on several social media PSA’s for its Facebook page. This time, the department’s goal is crime prevention through education.
We’ve all seen the bumper stickers and window decals expressing one’s love for the great outdoors, Honor Roll student appreciation, firearm company stickers, etc. However, these bits of information can lead to theft of property or worse.
“One of our goals, of course in the Police Department, is crime prevention, and part of crime prevention is education. So, all we’re trying to do is let folks know that sometimes something seems so innocent can actually draw attention to your vehicle, and what may be in that vehicle or what even be at your house.”Robert G. Kimbrel – Lieutenant – Bedford Police Department
In the past year, nine firearms were stolen from vehicles in the Bedford area. Luckily, they were all located thanks to the quick efforts of the victims calling the police.
“If, for some reason, you feel as if someone has entered your vehicle, please call us as soon as you know or believe it has happened. Please do not wait. We want to collect the evidence and work on catching these individuals. The officers of the department have caught them in the past and recovered all nine guns. One of the guns wasn’t reported stolen until after we recovered it.”Todd Foreman – Chief – Bedford Police Department
“We’re definitely not against anybody owning firearms to protect themselves and their family, but, one of the things we stress is just be a responsible gun owner, and part of that is making sure that weapon is secure.”Robert G. Kimbrel – Lieutenant – Bedford Police Department
However, the Bedford Police Department does not oppose anybody expressing their individuality or personality in any way they feel fit.
“[In] the police department, we’re definitely not against anyone’s individuality or personality in any way they feel fit. But, one of the things we do want to warn people about is sometimes that information can be too much information that you may be giving away to a potential criminal.”Robert G. Kimbrel – Lieutenant – Bedford Police Department
The Bedford Police Department plans on doing more social media outreach to tackle other concerns of its community. For example, the department is currently working on a drunk driving PSA after recently finishing one with other area law enforcement on wearing your seatbelt.
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