As the community misconduct specialist, I deal with many problems service members face that could be easily resolved by some precautionary measure and common sense behavior.
Here are some hints to help our community stay safe and have a better new year:
- Secure your vehicles and house to prevent thieves from gaining easy access. Do not leave items in open view in your car, including GPS systems, cell phones, military equipment, recall rosters and sensitive equipment.
- Do not purchase expensive items such as vehicles or houses without first inspecting the item and knowing the seller is legitimate.
- Be careful when you give an individual a general power of attorney, often a limited power of attorney will suffice. Check with your legal office for details.
- Understand the importance of your government documents, including your Common Access Card and passport. Always keep them with you or in a safe place.
- Do not drive under the influence of alcohol or controlled substances; always have a plan.
- Don’t become a victim of extortion. A known technique is to threaten to expose embarrassing photos that you unknowingly gave to an online scam artist.
- Do not walk around downtown in any city alone, especially at night. If someone tries to fight you, walk away if possible and call the police.
- Ensure children are supervised in accordance with the KMC child supervision matrix.
- Report all traffic accidents to polizei or security forces, regardless of how minor, in order to prevent being charged with “failure to report” and “fleeing the scene.”