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Authorities Offer Tips on Personal Safety

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Personal safety should always be a priority, but in light of the recent violent crimes in our area many are re-thinking the steps they should take to keep their families and homes safe as well.

According to Deputy Armando Avina with the Washoe County Sheriff's Office, "Sometimes the things we've seen in our county and in our sister counties are just unpredictable and therefore unpreventable. But that doesn't mean we can't all be vigilant and aware."

And it's often the little things that can make a big difference.

"For instance, let's say you've had the same neighbor for a long time and you know their cars the color, the make and the model," Avina says. "And they you notice that there are different cars parking there when your neighbors aren't home. You should notice that and report anything that seems suspicious. A deputy driving through the neighborhood can see if something's wrong but he can't necessarily see if something's different. We need people to step with information like that."

There are obvious tips like keeping doors and windows locked. And if are home alone at night and not expecting anyone to stop by yet someone knocks at the door. Ask who it is without opening the door. If you don't know them...don't open it.

Never pick up hitchhikers. And sometimes you can be of more help as a witness.

"If you see someone needing help on the freeway and you don't know them, don't stop. Your best bet could be to call the dispatcher and stay on the phone and offer information on the car and the location, rather than getting out and putting yourself harm's way," Avina says.

And you can find all kinds of tips on home security, personal safety and even talking to your kids about stranger danger on the sheriff's website at

Written by Erin Breen

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