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Gaston County Police to Host Home & Personal Safety Seminar

The Gaston County Police Department will be hosting its 1st Annual Home & Personal Safety Seminar on March 23rd at the Gaston County Citizens Resource Center in Dallas.  The center is located at 1303 Dallas Cherryville Hwy, Dallas NC.  Residents of Gaston County and surrounding areas, are invited to attend an education packed, one day seminar that will educate residents on staying safe at home and in public. The seminar is a free event for all residents of the county. 

According to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program, there were an estimated 1,579,527 burglaries in 2015.  The study showed that 57.9 percent of burglaries involved forcible entry.  Victims of burglary offenses suffered an estimated $3.6 billion in property losses in 2015..  Burglaries of residential properties accounted for 71.6 percent of all burglary offenses.

Gaston County Police Officer C.E. Owens stated that “Education is Power! We are thrilled and excited to offer this free seminar that will educate residents in crime prevention tactics.”  Owens believes that taking steps to prevent crime before it happens, is key to crime prevention.          

The one day seminar will offer sessions on Home and Personal Safety, Door & Lock Security, Preparing an Emergency Plan for Home Invasions, NC Self Defense and Concealed Carry Laws, Active Shooter Response, Identity Theft & Scams, as well as Medicare Fraud.  When asked why the police believed the event was so important, Owens stated, “I’m often invited to speak to groups and organizations on various crime prevention topics.  We believe a one day seminar, would be a great way to provide multiple crime prevention strategies to a larger population of residents, all at one large scale event.” 

Free lunch, along with refreshments throughout the course of the event will be provided to all residents who attend.  Although the event is free of charge, seating is limited.  Those planning to attend are asked to pre-register for the event.

To register or for more information, please contact Officer C.E. Owens with the Gaston County Police Department at 704-862-6286 or cowens@gcps.org.