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Duluth Police Offer Downtown Safety Tips and Tricks

Posted at: 01/17/2013 1:24 PM
Updated at: 01/17/2013 9:52 PM
By: Alan Hoglund
ahoglund@wdio.com

nullIt's a partnership that could keep you safer when you're in downtown Duluth. Police and business leaders are joining forces to promote a safer downtown by educating the people who spend the most time there - the people who work there.

The Greater Downtown Council hosted a personal safety workshop Thursday morning to teach business people and community members about how to keep in, and out of the workplace.

According to the GDC, it addresses safety trends, prevention tips and available resources.

Safety is pretty simple, according to Downtown Community Officer Nick Lepak. "It is common sense. It is using your brain, thinking on your feet and then not being distracted when you're walking and paying attention to what is going on around you," he said.

Lepak touched on panhandling, reminding business people that it is a crime in Duluth. He says most of the time it isn't reported, and that nothing can be done if you don't call 911.

Lepak offers personal safety workshops, and said they are sometimes done on-site at bigger businesses.

For more information on how to schedule training where you work, call the GDC at 218-727-8549.