In your car
- Don't drive without first locking your doors and closing your windows.
- When walking out to your car, try not to do it alone. Go with a friend, or when there is another group walking out as well.
- Walk to your car with a purpose.
- Do not exit your car if you see a suspicious situation. If you are in doubt, or are approached, drive away.
- If you are being followed, go to a populated public place and call the police.
- Do not let anyone approach you on foot, while in the drive through ATM machine.
- Avoid shortcuts that take you through unfamiliar or unsafe areas.
- When stopped in traffic, leave enough room between your car and the one in front of you, in the event you need to pull away quickly.
Crime Prevention Tips
- Have your keys out and ready when approaching your vehicle.
- Be aware of how you carry your purse or wallet. Would it be easy for someone to take it? Remove any unnecessary items and leave them at hom.e
- Try to carry only the amount of cash you will need to make your purchases and limit the number of credit cards to only the ones necessary for your current shopping trip or for that day.
- Keep a list of all credit cards, along with contact phone numbers for each card and keep it in a safe place. This will help in the event they are lost or stolen.
- Discuss various situations with your children. What will they do if you are separated? What will they do if approached by a stranger? What will you do?
Practice an exercise used often by police and military called Crisis Rehearsal. Consider what you would do in various stressful situations. Go through the plan in your mind. If you practice this and then are faced with an unusual situation, you will be able to think more clearly and react more calmly because you have already rehearsed it.
- Shop during daylight hours when possible & shop with a friend – safety in numbers
- Be aware of your surroundings. Pay attention to who is around you, what they are doing and what activities are going on. Be aware of someone watching you, or following you – you should notice who is around you.
- Don’t overload your arms with packages and bags while shopping. Clear visibility and freedom of movement are important self protection habits.
- Pick your parking spot wisely. Look for a well lit area. If you own a small car, try not to park next to a large vehicle, which can block your vision, or other citizen’s view of you while you are entering or exiting your vehicle.
- Do not leave your vehicle unattended while the engine is running, even if you are only going to be away from it mere seconds.
Steven Stark, 62, of Boynton Beach, a teacher at Citrus Cove Elementary School.
His family last spoke with him on Monday, Oct. 20. Officers responded to his home on Quantum Lakes Drive on Oct. 22 and found his cell phone, but his blue 2006 Dodge pick-up truck with Florida tag HO10MQ was not there. Family members and his employer said it is unlike Steven to just disappear. Anyone with information as to his whereabouts is asked to call Boynton Beach Police at 561-732-8116 or their local law enforcement agency.
Date and Time: Tuesday, October 28, 2014, 3:15 p.m.
Attachments: Arrest documents, jail booking photo
Headline: St. Lucie County Sheriff Mascara asks any victims of Tyrone Edison, 34, to contact Sheriff's detectives
A 34-year-old man jailed since Aug. 1 for sexual activity with seven juvenile victims may have molested other children as well, according to St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken J. Mascara.
"Tyrone Edison has befriended numerous children, provided them with drugs and alcohol and groomed them for his own sexual gratification," Sheriff Mascara said. "He also threatens his victims to try to prevent them from telling their parents what he has done to them. He currently faces 17 criminal charges relating to six male victims, ages 11 to 14, and one 15-year-old female victim, with a total bond of $1,520,500."
The Sheriff said, "Even though my detectives worked tirelessly to put him in jail and remove him from children in our community, sadly we feel there are more victims. I am asking anyone who knows of additional victims to contact our detectives at 772-462-3230."
Edison's 17 criminal charges are:
- 1 count of sexual battery;
- 6 counts of lewd molestation;
- 6 counts of lewd battery;
- 3 counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor; and
- 1 count of harassing a witness or victim.