SUMMER SAFETY: Cops issue friendly reminders

COLUMBIA CITY — With warm weather moving into the area soon, the Columbia City Police Department is offering summertime safety tips for local residents.The CCPD wants to remind citizens to lock their vehicles, homes and outbuildings, walk or run in well-lit areas at night and educate children about potential dangers. According to the CCPD, most vehicle break-ins and thefts are crimes of opportunity. If the vehicle is unlocked, it is easy to go through and take things.As for homes or outbuildings, it appears less suspicious if someone walks directly into an unlocked home, as opposed to having to break in, allowing many of those crimes to go unnoticed. The CCPD says statistically, people are more likely to become victims of a crime when walking or running in areas that are not well lit.“We at the police department hope that you have a safe and fun summer here in our beautiful community,” CCPD Detective Gary Archbold said.___For a more in depth look at this story, see the April 5 issue of The Post and Mail. Don't have a subscription? Call (260) 244-5153 or subscribe to our e-edition. For breaking news, sports updates and additional coverage, bookmark the homepage and find us on facebook.