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SAVANNAH, GA (December 16, 2014) - The second annual “Celebrate the Season” went into full gear Tuesday evening as the children from Urban Hope were hosted by Central Precinct Crime Prevention Officers APO Dana Knight and APO Barry Lewis.

Central Precinct reached out to the coordinator of Urban Hope, Mrs. Covardis Broadie and told her that they wanted to host a Christmas event for the youth at Urban Hope. Urban Hope holds a non-profit (all donation) after school program at St Paul’s on Barnard Street. Mrs. Broadie was overjoyed by the thought and agreed to let Central Precinct host. As Mrs. Broadie put it, “it’s such a blessing.”

The kids created their wish list and that list was given to the officers and civilians that work out of Central Precinct. The officer(s) and civilian staff purchased what the child asked for and brought it in so it could wrapped and placed under one of 4 small trees in the Police Squad room. Each child was also given an extra gift that was part of a toy drive presented by Chuck’s Bar on Riverstreet. The Squad room was transformed into a Toyland for the kids including a big screen playing holiday movies while they ate lunch donated by Sweet Melissa’s Pizza.

McGruff the Crime Dog posed for pictures. Magic Marc, Marc Dunston donated his time and put on some magic tricks and “magication” for the kids while Certus Bank’s, Carol Conford handed out handmade Christmas packages from the staff at Certus Bank. Some of the gifts that were collected were given to SCMPD's Memorial Childrens Hospital Toy Drive and to Wesley Community Center.

“It was the best two hours we have had in the past month,” says Crime Prevention Officer APO Barry Lewis. “The kids were very appreciative and receptive. When they sat patiently waiting for the cue to open their gifts…just to watch their eyes open wide in amazement when the cue was given was what it was all about. I’m glad that we were given this opportunity to help and bring joy if at least for a moment.” (5 photos)
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SCMPD employees banned together in donating truckloads of canned goods to the Great Savannah Canned Food Drive.

Team Metro Police collected more than 6,500 cans -- bringing the city's total to 25,204!

This event is hosted annually by America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia.

Great work team Metro! (5 photos)
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SAVANNAH, GA (December 18, 2014): The annual holiday gift season is being accompanied by the annual theft of packages left by delivery services and Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police are offering tips to prevent it.

Thefts of packages left at front doors have been reported, and awareness and caution are being suggested.

Crime Prevention Officers in Metro’s five precincts suggest that recipients:

• Communicate with neighbors to keep a keen eye out for suspicious activity in the neighborhood. The holidays usually bring an increase in all thefts, from delivered packages, to items in yards (bicycles, lawn equipment, furniture, etc.) Call Emergency 911 immediately if anyone suspicious appears in the area.
• Have packages delivered to your work address or to the courier's pickup station rather than your home.
• Arrange for packages to be delivered on a day you are available. Or, arrange with a neighbor to receive the delivery.
• Arrange with businesses you are buying from to pick the item up in stores rather than having them delivered to residences if you don’t expect to be home.
• If expecting a package, try to check for them as often as possible. Thieves sometimes follow delivery trucks to locate packages. They longer they remain at the front door, the easier to steal.
• Most couriers can provide some type of electronic notification when a delivery is made. Check with the provider and sign up for alerts.
• Most package services plan to deliver commercial items during the day and residential items in the evening. Plan to send / receive packages for the hours you are home.
• Whenever possible, arrange for packages to be delivered on days and at times someone will be available to receive them.
• Require a signature for receipt for all deliveries.
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