Following the tragic death of Thomas Bearson, an 18-year-old freshman attending NDSU, some Fargo-Moorhead residents find themselves concerned about their safety in this typically low-crime community.
The FM Metro is a safe community, but even in the safest of communities, dangerous situations can occur. Our team at O’Keeffe O’Brien Lyson Foss would like to present some safety tips for people of all ages.
Travel In Groups
Walking by yourself at night is dangerous in even the safest communities regardless of your age, gender or physical build. Traveling in groups significantly reduces your chances of mugging and violence, since it would be hard for a criminal to get away with such an act.
Never Let Your Guard Down
Although Fargo-Moorhead is a tight-knit, friendly community- it is important to never let your guard down. Even if you feel safe and the terrain is familiar, always take the appropriate safety precautions to keep yourself and others safe.
Always Carry a Cell Phone
A cell phone is a fantastic resource to have. Before leaving the house, one should always make sure their cell phone is fully charged and in their possession. Cell phones are crucial in case of emergency. Many cell phones even include GPS that can help you when you are lost or to help someone find you.
Plan For A Sober Ride
When planning a night out on the town, a sober ride should be the first thing on your mind. Contact friends to make a plan or record the numbers of local cab services. Also, it is important to always have a back-up plan if your ride falls through. Walking home alone at the end of the night and driving under the influence are never safe options.
Although we’d like to believe that nothing can happen in Fargo-Moorhead, that isn’t realistic. Violence and criminal activity happen everywhere.
If you are a victim, don’t hesitate to contact an attorney at O’Keeffe O’Brien Lyson Foss.