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Metro Newsroom

LMPD Holiday Safety Enforcement

Monday December 22, 2008

The Louisville Metro Police Department wants to encourage everyone to enjoy a happy and prosperous holiday season with the reminder to exercise caution in the coming days.

Each of LMPD's eight divisions has a number of crime prevention details focusing on property and vehicle thefts, burglaries, robberies, Driving Under the Influence (DUIs) and speeding. Officers in the suburban areas are utilizing flex patrols and plainclothes officers to monitor heavily traveled thoroughfares such as Hurstbourne Parkway, Preston Highway and the Outer Loop. They are also keeping an eye on commercial parking lots looking for potential auto thefts and to ensure shoppers reach their vehicles safely. Officers in the urban districts are conducting business checks, handing out robbery reduction posters and focusing on residential safety to prevent burglaries and auto thefts.

Nationally, December 23 ranks as the third deadliest day to drive a vehicle. January 1 ranks fifth. In an effort to reduce those numbers, LMPD's Traffic Unit will staff ten extra officers to conduct saturation patrols day and night on the interstate and some surface streets. Officers will be focusing on speed and alcohol enforcement during that time.

The following includes a list of safety tips that can be easily employed by residents and motorists:


  • Start early to allow plenty of time for travel
  • Immediately report any unusual driving or unusual circumstances to the police
  • Maintain the speed limit on surface streets and highways
  • Exercise due regard and patience toward other motorists and pedestrians
  • Do not drive while impaired or intoxicated
  • Always lock your doors
  • Check your surroundings when entering or exiting your vehicle
  • Keep packages in the trunk of your car

Personal Safety

  • Look up and stay alert when walking
  • Keep your purse on your shoulder at all times
  • Carry as little with you as possible
  • Have your keys ready when approaching your vehicle or your home
  • Consider carrying a whistle to call for attention in case of an emergency

Financial Safety

  • Carry as little cash as possible
  • Keep all your receipts and reconcile them with financial statements
  • Try to use debit or credit cards which limit the amount you're responsible for if stolen
  • Try to witness the credit or debit card swipe and avoid exposing your PIN number
  • Check your financial accounts frequently for any suspicious activity

Residential Safety

  • Avoid opening the curtains to expose holiday decorations - it also opens the view to the interior of your home
  • Keep the garage door closed at all times
  • Secure all entrances (windows, doors, etc.) to your home
  • Keep your shubbery trimmed low and, if possible, away from the house
  • Tell a trusted neighbor or friend if you'll be away a few days so they can check your home
  • Consider investing in an automatic timer to turn the lights off and on at different times