Personal Safety is on peoples’ minds right now as there have been a number of attempted car-jackings in Kingfield, along with other criminal activity. KFNA is encouraging community members to review common safety strategies such as these below. These are ways a few of the ways we all can reduce opportunities for crime and protect ourselves, our neighbors, and our belongings.
Remember the best way to protect yourself, and others, is to always be aware of your surroundings and to listen to your gut when something feels “off”. Also as a reminder that although many of us are on edge and frightened, sometimes in our efforts to protect ourselves and those we know and love we also end up causing harm to others. More often than not, that harm falls on people of color, many of whom are our neighbors. One of the best ways to protect ourselves, and our entire community, is to get to know one another by name, knowing each other’s comings and goings, kids, roommates, and cars. This way we can watch out for each other, as opposed to watching in fear to protect ourselves. Please take this as a reminder that as our nerves are jangled, we need to be even more careful about checking the implicit biases we all carry and be bold about being active in our community and claiming it as a safe and welcoming space.