Police Chief reassures public of safety of city parks

Wiese Park and the other parks in Perry are as safe as they ever were. Photo courtesy city of Perry

Perry Police Chief Eric Vaughn released a public statement Friday in regard to an incident in Wiese Park that was reported June 21 at about 9:40 p.m., when the Perry Police Department received a call from Dallas County Hospital about an elderly victim who was being treated due to a possible assault.

“The department is investigating the incident,” Vaughn said Friday. “At this time, the department does not feel that there is an ongoing threat to the public in connection with this incident.”

Vaughn said the particulars of the case cannot be released at this time because they are part of an ongoing investigation.

“With this in mind,” the police chief said, “this is an opportunity to remind everyone of us to practice good personal safety whenever we are out and about.”

Vaughn listed several ways to increase your personal safety:

  • Reduce or eliminate opportunities that might make you a target.
  • Walk with others.
  • Carry your cellphone.
  • Use a light when out at night.
  • Make eye contact with others. Don’t look like a victim.
  • Increase awareness in places you’re most comfortable. We often let our guard down in familiar settings.
  • Always be aware of your surroundings.
  • Anticipate possible problems or problem areas.
  • Trust your instincts regardless of feeling embarrassed.
  • Prepare your schedule daily with safety in mind.
  • Report any criminal or suspicious activity.

For more information, call the Perry Police Department at 515-465-4636.


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