Police Encourage Residents To Remain Aware About Crime Prevention
Law enforcement is encouraging the public to remain aware of crime prevention, even though the holidays are long over.
St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Office spokesperson Capt. Megan Vizena said "people tend to only pay attention to the [crime prevention] tips during the holidays...and after the holidays, we kind of become relaxed."
If it sounds to good to be true, it probably is.
Identity theft is becoming a big trend, Vizena said, but most don't take it seriously until it happens to them.
"There's lots of scams going on. We've all seen them. The emails coming through asking for $50 in exchange for a red Lamborghini," Vizena said. "If it sounds to good to be true, it probably is."
Vizena also encouraged people to become aware of every item in their wallet so that in the event of a theft, a victim could call every affected account and cancel everything "within five minutes."
Be aware of your surroundings, Vizena said, encouraging women in particular to ask for an escort to their vehicles if she felt uncomfortable.
"Don't be embarrassed because you'll regret it later," she said. "Have someone walk you to your vehicle. Once you get in, don't fiddle around in your car. Lock your doors and go on."
To listen to the full interview with Vizena, click on the 'Play' button below.