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Folks, remember to take that extra time to simply grab your keys and lock your patrol vehicle

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Gordon Graham here with Today’s Tip from Lexipol.

Today’s Tip is for all my colleagues in public safety, and it’s about training effectiveness.

How often do you get in and out of your patrol vehicle each day? Listen, you probably can’t even count the number of times. Now the big question: Do you lock your vehicle each and every time you leave it?

Sure, you probably do when you’re going to be away for an extended period. But what about all the other times? When you get out to talk to someone about a neighborhood problem or complaint? How about when you grab a quick cup of coffee? Do you lock it after you roll up to a crash scene?

Search online for “stolen police car” and you’ll be amazed at how often someone jumps into one of our vehicles and drives away. And even if they don’t drive off with the vehicle, think about all the equipment we keep inside. Cell phones, radios, ticket books, handcuffs and weapons. All of which may be easily accessible to someone looking for the right opportunity.

Folks, remember to take that extra time to simply grab your keys and lock your patrol vehicle. Look, we remind the public of this on a regular basis. It’s simple. Lock your vehicle! Do what you can to keep sensitive items secured.

We must practice what we preach and set an example. You don’t want to be the one explaining why someone hopped into your vehicle and drove off while you were in the convenience store. Or worse yet, why your patrol rifle disappeared when you got out to talk to someone.

It just takes a second and can prevent an avoidable tragedy.

And that’s Today’s Tip from Lexipol. Until next time, Gordon Graham signing off.

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Gordon Graham has been actively involved in law enforcement since 1973. He spent nearly 10 years as a very active motorcycle officer while also attending Cal State Long Beach to achieve his teaching credential, USC to do his graduate work in Safety and Systems Management with an emphasis on Risk Management, and Western State University to obtain his law degree. In 1982 he was promoted to sergeant and also admitted to the California State Bar and immediately opened his law offices in Los Angeles.