As we are all now in uncharted territory in dealing with this Covid-19 virus, I ask that you keep all first responders, and our medical personnel in your thoughts and prayers, as you know, we do not work from home.
As it relates to your APD Officers, who work off duty patrolling your neighborhood, we are still here each day, and I wanted to advise on a few items to share:
* Please spread the word to keep an eye out for your neighbors especially our elderly, check on them, and if there is some type of special concern or circumstance for a specific resident being checked on, please let me know.
* Don't let your guard down.. Crime has not stopped as a result of this virus.. keep all valuables, and anything in plain sight out of your vehicles. Never store unsecured guns in your car, and never keep a spare key or key fob in your car. Set your alarm, and lock your doors.
* With everyone at home, if you witness suspicious activity, don't start a group text, post to Facebook, Nextdoor etc. CALL 911 FIRST... With more eyes, and ears around, the hope is that criminals would be better detected, and caught, but that only happens when you call 911 first. Remember also, when observing suspicious activity, get physical and clothing descriptions, vehicle make and models, and tag numbers if possible.
* In having more time at home, consider purchasing and installing a home security camera like a Ring door bell or other brand and type of home video surveillance camera. Add to your doorbell camera or install one for the first time. Also look at your outdoor lighting, flood lights etc. With extra time at home why not take some time to evaluate your home security.
* Don't fall for Coronavirus Scams...
Don’t click on links from sources you don’t know. They could download viruses onto your computer or device.
Watch for emails claiming to be from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or experts saying that have information about the virus. For the most up-to-date information about the Coronavirus, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO).
Ignore online offers for vaccinations. There currently are no vaccines, pills, potions, lotions, lozenges or other prescription or over-the-counter products available to treat or cure Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) — online or in stores.
Do your homework when it comes to donations, whether through charities or crowdfunding sites. Don’t let anyone rush you into making a donation. If someone wants donations in cash, by gift card, or by wiring money, don’t do it. https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/features/coronavirus-scams-what-ftc-doing
We continue to work the neighborhood patrol, to care for our neighborhood residents, and in support of our families, as we also deal with hardships at home etc, so again, please keep us in your thoughts and prayers, and please feel free to share the above information with our resident members.
Thank you for your support..
Lt. Jeff Baxter