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, etc. on door steps. We ask for your help in securing these packages quickly or make additional arrangements.
In addition, with the larger number of personnel taking leave during this month, it opens up a target of opportunity for theft while the home is unattended.
We ask that you take proactive measures in crime prevention. Employ 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 to gather mail and newspapers; keep curtains or blinds closed; do not announce your plans (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’re 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 onetime or multiuse 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 windows. Lock them in the trunk or, if possible, take them directly home.
Shopping with Small Children
If you are shopping with children, make plan ahead of time in case you become separated from each other.
Select a central meeting place.
Teach them to know they can ask mall personnel or store security employees if they need help.
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 (DIT) Initiative:
In accordance with the Garrison Commander’s directive, dated Sept. 2016, all drivers cited for the following will be enrolled in DIT:
Speed 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 November, 196 Soldiers were cited for DIT related violations. Currently, 369 DIT-cited drivers have their on-post driving privileges suspended for one year or longer. Remember to remain vigilant and obey the posted speed limits and traffic control devices on Fort Bragg.
Top 10 Crime Statistics:
In November, the Fort Bragg community experienced a change in the following criminal and negligible offenses:
Larceny of Private Property: 25 total, decreased 7 from last month. Larceny of Government Property: 28 total, decreased 36 from last month. Impaired Driving: 29 total, decreased 11 from last month. Domestic incidents: 21 total, decreased 10 from last month Assaults (Non-domestic): 15 total, decreased 6 from last month. Traffic Accidents (Roadway): 84 total, increased of 7 from last month. Traffic Accidents (Parking Lot): 101 total, increased 24 from last month. Speeding (less than 80 MPH): 19 total, decreased 6 from last month. Speeding (more than 80 MPH): 349 total, decreased 13 from last month. AWOLs/Desertions: 4 AWOLs and 0 Desertions reported.