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 (910) 396-EYES (3937).

Provost Marshal Messaging:

Every year during the months of November and 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 to secure these packages quickly or make additional arrangements. Additionally, 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), having someone you trust to gather mail and newspapers, keeping curtains or blinds closed, not announcing 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:

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 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 plans 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.

Shopping Online:

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

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.

Top 10 crime statistics:

For the month of October, the Fort Bragg community has experienced a change in the following criminal and negligible offenses:

Larceny of private property: 21 total, a decrease of three from last month.

Larceny of government property: 10 total, a decrease of eight from last month.

Impaired driving: 39 total, an increase of 16 from last month.

Domestic incidents: 43 total, an increase of 14 from last month

Assaults (non-domestic): 29 total, a decrease of 22 from last month.

Traffic accidents (roadway): 137 total, an increase of 36 from last month.

Traffic accidents (parking lot): 89 total, an increase of 22 from last month.

Speeding (>80 mph): nine total, a decrease of five from last month.

Speeding (<80 mph): 157 total, a decrease of 103 from last month

AWOLs/desertions: six AWOLs and five desertions reported.