PAPILLION (KPTM) - Wednesday morning's senseless murder of a mother of three is a grim reminder that crime can happen anywhere and anytime.
"If something doesn't look right, then maybe we should get a phone call," said Papillion Police Sergeant Kevin Covi.
Crime can happen in a matter of seconds and bad people can strike at any given moment.
"It happens quite a bit where you'll see a wallet or a purse missing from the car, and the only reason they got in was because the car was unlocked."
That's why National Safety Councils encourage everyone to conduct what they call a 360 walkaround before entering a vehicle. From peering through windows to making sure your doors are locked, you just have to think twice to make sure nobody's around.
"It is most important that you take your own safety into consideration," said Covi.
Sometimes, however, a criminal coming up to your car is unavoidable. That's when quick thinking is required.
"If you see somebody you don't have to make contact with them. You can simply back out and leave the area. If somebody demands that you exit your vehicle and they have a weapon, then you should probably listen because they do not necessarily want to hurt you they just want your car."
Police also advise that you talk to your children about being aware of their surroundings. You should remind them to never talk to strangers and to tell an adult if they see anything unusual.
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