A dozen or so Gulfport residents, including Gulfport City Councilmember Christine Brown, gathered at the Gulfport Grind on Saturday, January 30, for the popular Coffee with a Cop. Complimentary fresh-brewed coffee and delicious pastries were served by Ted Kehoe, owner of the Gulfport Grind, while Community Resource Officer Zack Mills provided useful information and answered questions in an informal setting.
“Zack is always so good at answering questions and getting back to people in the community who have further questions,” said Kehoe.
Gulfport Professional Standards Commander Joshua Stone also spoke to attendees.
“It’s a great idea to talk to your local police officer, getting questions answered that you may have,” said Stone.
Most of the inquiry centered on how to keep one’s property safe and secure. Officer Mills shared some of the best, and simplest, ways to prevent home burglaries.
“There are simple, cost-effective things you can do to deter crime,” said Mills. “Keeping your property presentable, keeping the hedges and trees trimmed and windows and doors locked are easy ways to protect your home.”
Corky Richardson and her husband, Marty, moved to Gulfport from Chicago one month ago.
“We figured attending would be a good way to get to know the community and learn what is going on,” Corky said.
According to Mills, home burglaries in Gulfport have declined this past year. Vehicle thefts also declined in the month of December.
“The two best things you can have to deter [property] crime are a big, loud dog and an alarm system,” said Mills.