Provost Marshal’s Corner is a community policing initiative to keep you informed of monthly criminal and negligent activities affecting our community. To report a crime in progress, dial 911. Anyone with information regarding the crimes listed below, please contact Crime Stoppers at

396-EYES (3937).

Provost marshal messaging:

Every year during the month of December, the Fort Bragg community experiences an increase in thefts. Most of these thefts are due to packages being left unattended by FedEx, UPS, on doorsteps. We ask for your help securing these packages quickly or make alternative arrangements.

Also, with a larger number of personnel taking leave during this month, there is a target of opportunity for theft while the home is unattended.

We ask that you take proactive measures in crime prevention. Use measures such as ensuring all doors and windows are secure; when possible turn on exterior lights (timer or motion detection is best); have someone you trust gather mail and newspapers; keep curtains or blinds closed; do not announce your plans (try to pack your vehicle inside a garage, if possible, or during low traffic hours). Also, take advantage of the residence check service, which the Provost Marshal Office offers to Fort Bragg residents while they are away.

Holiday shopping tips:

Shopping in stores

Do not buy more than you can carry. Plan to take a friend with you or ask the store to help you carry your packages to the car.

Save all receipts. Print and save all confirmations from your online purchases. Start a file folder to keep all receipts together and to help you verify credit card or bank statements as they come in.

Consider alternate options to pay for your merchandise such as one-time or multi-use disposable credit cards or money orders. Wait until asked before taking out your credit card or checkbook. An enterprising thief would love to shoulder surf to get your account information.

Tell a security guard or store employee if you see an unattended bag or package.

Deter pickpockets. Carry your purse close to your body or your wallet inside a coat or front trouser pocket.

Have your keys in hand when approaching your vehicle. Check the back seat and around the car before getting in.

Do not leave packages visible in your car. Lock them in the trunk or, if possible, take them directly home.

Shopping with small children

If you are shopping with children, make a plan ahead of time in case you become separated from each other.

Select a central meeting place.

Teach them that they can ask mall personnel or store security employees if they need help.

Shopping online

Before surfing the internet, secure your personal computers by updating your security software. Visit www.bytecrime.org for free software downloads.

Keep your personal information private and your password secure. Do not respond to requests to “verify” your password or credit card information unless you initiated the contact. Legitimate businesses will not contact you in this manner.

Beware of “bargains” from companies with whom you are unfamiliar — if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Use secure websites for purchases. Look for the icon of a locked padlock at the bottom of the screen or “https” in the URL address.

Shop with companies you know and trust. Check for background information if you plan to buy from a new or unfamiliar company.

Driver Improvement Training initiative:

In accordance with the Garrison Commander’s Directive, dated Sept. 1, all drivers cited for the following infraction will be enrolled in DIT:

Speeding in excess of 15 miles per hour

Traffic accident resulting in an injury or tow

Failure to obey a traffic control device (to include individuals directing traffic)

In October, 233 Soldiers were cited for DIT-related violations. Remember to be vigilant and obey the posted speed limits on Fort Bragg.

Crime statistics:

For the month of November, the Fort Bragg community saw an increase in the following criminal and negligent activities:

Larcenies of private property (items unsecured and unattended): With the holiday season here, do not become an easy target by leaving items in barracks/dorm rooms, residential housings and privately-owned vehicles unsecured and unattended. Over 90 percent of all larcenies reported are preventable and are a direct result of an unlocked door so — lock your doors.

Assaults (non-domestic): 24 incidents

Excessive speeding (over 80 mph) is up: 22 incidents in November compared to 10 in October.

In November, Fort Bragg saw a decrease in the following criminal and negligent activities:

Driving under the influence: 19 incidents in November, down from 25 incidents in October.

Traffic accidents are down from 177 for October to 168 for November. The primary contributing factor being an unsafe movement forward or backward in the confines of parking lots (47) and failure to decrease speed on the roadways (32).

Shoplifting: Three incidents

Absent without leave: 5 desertions: 1.