Temple, TX — With winter and the holiday season comes an uptick in various reported crimes, fires and injuries. Local officials are doing their best to advise citizens on how to protect themselves.
Outside a busy emergency room at Baylor Scott and White in Temple, representatives from local agencies are talking about safety this holiday season.
Up first is Corporal Chris Wilcox of Temple PD, who saw an increase in car burglaries this past Black Friday.
He’s promoting the 'Hide it, Lock it, Take it' initiative. When shopping, hide items in your car, make sure to lock your car before going inside to shop, and take out anything of value in your ride.
“The best thing you can do is protect yourself. We do everything we can as police, and we are here for you. But we need your help. We can’t do it without the community’s assistance," said Wilcox.
Next to talk was Thomas Pechal of Temple Fire and Rescue who advised caution when starting fires in homes or using space heaters.
While holding up a smoke alarm, Pechal said, “This one piece of equipment can save your life combined with a home escape plan. Make sure you replace batteries annually and check it monthly. Once the alarm reaches ten years, it’s time to replace the alarm.”
Finally, Senior DPS Trooper Harpin Myers, who has already dealt with traumatic car crashes caused by high speed and icy driving conditions this month, reminded drivers to stay off phones while driving.,
And if one has too much spiked egg nog, they better think twice before getting behind the wheel.
“During Christmas time we offer a lot of gifts from one family to another. We want that gift to be a regular bracelet or another gift to your wife or whoever, but we don’t want you to wear these bracelets," said Myers while holding up a pair of handcuffs.
"During the holidays, if you drink and drive, these are bracelets you might be wearing. I know you don’t want that to happen. We want you to be safe and come home to your family safe also. All we’re saying is share the road. Share the road with everybody.”