BENTON, KY – On Tuesday, June 11, the Marshall County Public Library and Charlotte Keogh presented the award-winning crime prevention and personal safety Refuse to be a Victim seminar free to members of the community.
"The best way to survive a criminal attack is to avoid it," said Keogh, who served as the course's instructor. During the four-hour seminar she covered home security, physical security, automobile security, travel security, and technology security. Some of the tips she covered included:
Be aware of your daily routines. Change up what you do before and after work every day to make it harder for criminals to predict your actions.
Increase your levels of awareness. Always know who is around and what is going on so you can avoid aggressive situations before they happen.
Have a home security plan for your family. Make sure everyone in your household knows what they need to do to keep themselves and your possessions safe.
Trust your instincts. If something doesn't look safe, it probably isn't.
The program was attended by over a dozen community members, many of which found the information to be invaluable.
"There is so much you can do to protect yourself that you just don't think about," said Kacy Jestes, who attended the program to learn more about personal safety. "This is the kind of course everyone should take."
Marshall County Sheriff Kevin Byars agrees. Sheriff Byars took the time to stop by the seminar, telling attendees that safety education programs like Refuse to be a Victim are important for our community.
The Refuse to be a Victim was developed by the National Rifle Association in 1993. The program is presented across the nation by certified instructors. The Marshall County Public Library offered the program as part of their National Safety Month programming, which also includes a Lunch and Learn session on Identity Theft on Wednesday, June 12, from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm at the Benton branch.