Fort Bragg troops get crime prevention tips in online town hall

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — Fort Bragg law enforcement joined their Fayetteville counterparts Tuesday for an online town hall for local troops.

Fayetteville police and the 16th Military Police Brigade partnered for the Facebook town hall, which garnered dozens of questions during the hour-long event, which was designed to address concerns and spread tips for crime prevention.

According to the event, the biggest crime trends on Fort Bragg were larcenies in post gyms and thefts from unlocked vehicles.

In Fayetteville, residential thefts and thefts from vehicles are the two biggest issues, officials said.

"One of the problems we are seeing is people leaving high-dollar value items in their vehicles in plain view in their vehicle and their windows being smashed and the items stolen," officials said. "So, if you're shopping, please ensure you have a blanket available to hide the items, put them in the trunk, or otherwise hide them."

Questions were answered by Lt. Todd Joyce and Tom Kearney from the Fayetteville Police Department and by Lt. Col. Carolina Horton, commander of the 503rd Military Police Battalion and the brigade provost marshal, according to officials.

Other questions focused on animal control, speeding, lights in neighborhoods and homeowner rights during a crime.

"If someone breaks into your house, you are allowed to protect yourself or your family from harm," officials said.

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