SALT LAKE CITY — Chief Chris Burbank talks with CIU (Community Intelligence Unit) Detective Brett Olsen about ways to stay safe and reduce risk during the holiday season in this month’s “Chief’s Message,” now posted at slcpd.com.
The conversation was taped at Urban Arts Gallery at Gateway Shopping Center, a natural backdrop to talk about preventive measures while shopping for the holidays.
“There are people watching, unfortunately, that are waiting for you to go with an armload of packages, drop them in your car and then walk away,” Chief Burbank said of shopping-related safety concerns.
“These are crimes of opportunity and if the criminals see any opportunity where they have the chance to go and grab a gift that you’ve left there in your car, they’re going to take it,” acknowledged Brett Olsen, the Community Intelligence Officer for City Council District 6. “And often you can be distracted while shopping–inadvertently leaving your car door unlocked — so please be sure those gifts are out of sight, even at home. Don’t leave those packages right there underneath the windows so that everybody can see that you have gifts there for the taking.”
Chief Burbank and Detective Olsen outline a variety of preventive measures, including:
Download the SLCPD Holiday Safety brochure and review preventive measures to keep the holiday season safe.
About the “Chief’s Message”
Chief Burbank issues a monthly video message to help the public reduce its exposure to, or mitigate the effects of, crime, as well as spotlight different parts of the city’s public safety team. All “Chief’s Messages” are archived on the newsroom page of www.slcpd.com and the “Chief’s Message” playlist of http://www.youtube.com/slcpd. To recommend a topic to Chief Burbank, please send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.