SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - You may remember the video that we showed of two tourists being brutally attacked this summer in New Orleans. Scary stuff, but don't be a victim.
"The main thing is to always be aware of your surroundings, especially when you go somewhere
that you are not familiar with," said SCMPD Crime Prevention Officer Shariff Lockett.
WTOC talked with Officer Lockett about ways to stay safe when visiting an unfamiliar city or even right here in our own. The most important thing is just to be aware of what is happening around you.
"Always keep your head up. It's OK to talk on your phone and things of that nature, but always make sure that you are paying attention to what is going on around you—who is around you. Make sure you park in well-lit areas, travel with a group whenever possible, there is always strength in numbers," Officer Locket said.
Some other advice:
- Research your destination and surrounding area before leaving home.
- Tell someone you trust where you are going—even if it’s nearby.
- Turn your vehicle’s engine off when at a gas station or convenience store.
- Keep an eye on your valuables at all times.
- Snap a picture of those in the group before going out.
"It's always a good idea to have a current picture of that individual if you do get split up and you need to get their picture out, you need others to know who they are, so the police department can have a picture of that individual that you can post on social media or other outlets," Officer Lockett said.
He also suggests that if you are going out in a group to decide on a meeting place in case you do happen to get split up.