Hostage Drama Grips Central Florida

Yesterday marked the second day in a row that key portions of the 192, a main thoroughfare that runs by Disney Property, were shut down due to major criminal acts. Monday featured a string of carjackings and an eventual suicide when escape was no longer possible. Tuesday featured a bank robbery turned hostage situation when police arrived on the scene moments later. The hostage negotiations played out slowly over 12 hours the ended swiftly, and fatally for one of the bank robbers, when it looked like the hostage takers were attempting another escape.

Needless to say this is not the type of publicity Orlando, Kissimmee, or Walt Disney World wants to see. Even after a record quarter for attendance at the parks. But it is true that tourist zones attract certain types of criminals and banks will always attract bank robbers. It’s best that you be alert when you’re vacationing someplace, no matter where that place is. Don’t keep valuables in your room or leave them in your car. Use traveler checks where debit cards won’t do. Don’t wear over the shoulder purses or keep your wallet in your back pocket.

It’s also probably a good idea to do some security checks on your home before you leave and have neighbors keep an eye on the place for you. Notify your paper to stop delivery, arrange for the USPS to hold your mail, and buy one of those light timer switches that turns on and off your interior and exterior lights at set intervals.  It’s also a good idea to leave contact information with one of your neighbors in case something does go wrong.

If you’re prepared you can have plenty of fun knowing that you’ve taken appropriate steps to protect you, your family, and your memories.

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