Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

December 27, 2013

Chief’s Report

By Chief Hoover
Sun contributor

CROSSVILLE — The following incidents have been documented by the Fairfield Glade Department of Public Safety: No crime reported to Public Safety for the week of Dec. 8 – Dec. 14  

For the week of Dec. 15 – Dec. 21

• Dec. 16   Theft (FedEx and USPS Packages)  Stonehenge Villas

• Dec. 17   Vandalism (Mailbox)  Adler Lane

• Dec. 18   Theft (Trailer with 4-Wheeler)  Rugby Road

• Dec. 20   Theft (Mail)  Snead Drive

• Dec. 21   Theft (Two Flags from a Flag Pole)  Sugarbush Circle

Security Tip

of the Week

The Security Tip of the week is on safe driving in the winter.

The single most important safety tip I can tell you is to reduce your speed when driving on wet, snowy or icy conditions. When the weather conditions are changing, it makes the road conditions unpredictable. Even a four-wheel drive vehicle may not be able to stop any faster, or maintain control any better after the vehicle has lost traction.

Drivers should slow down when approaching intersections, off-ramps, bridges or shady spots. These are all candidates for developing black ice (a thin coating of clear ice that can form on the pavement surface that may be very difficult to see). Black ice is very dangerous because most of the time your vehicle is on it before you know it. If you know you are on a slick surface, try to avoid excessive actions while steering, braking or accelerating to lessen the chances of losing control of the vehicle.

Try to leave plenty of room between your vehicle and other vehicles that are on the roadway. It takes more time and distance to stop your vehicle in adverse weather conditions. Use your brakes carefully. Brake early, brake slowly, brake correctly and never slam on the brakes on a slick road.

Remember: Winter conditions call for different driving tactics. On a slick road, take it slow-slower speed, slower acceleration, slower steering and slower braking.

“Tis the holiday

season to be merry!”

 Christmas time is here and it is the time for fun and rejoicing to be enjoyed by all. Just remember that there is always the possibility of one or two criminals around that could spoil our fun! Here are a few tips to help keep us on the safe side:

• As Christmas Day approaches there will be more presents showing up under the tree or around the house as you finish your shopping. The criminal element realizes this and it is an opportunity for them to be stalking your house for a possible burglary. Watch for suspicious cars or people in the area and report all suspicious activity.

• Solicitor fraud is another thing to watch for as some criminals will be playing on your generosity at Christmas time by looking for handouts from the residents. They can do this by telling you they are taking up money for ball teams, under-privileged children, and all types of charities. Make these people show you proof of their charity.

• Phone fraud is another holiday spoiler. Be extremely cautious of anyone calling for financial information around Christmas. Sometimes they will tell you a loved one is dislocated and needs monetary travel assistance by means of you sending them the money. Only converse with your loved one when it comes to money!

With all this in mind, please have a safe and most joyous holiday as we celebrate the reason for the season. From everyone at Public Safety, Merry Christmas!