Published May 15, 2014
By Matthew Girard, Associate Editor
With the help of students in the media technology program at Belton High School, the Belton Police Department is getting the word out about keeping your car safe.
In a public service announcement produced by the students, BPD reminded citizens to “Hide, Take, Lock” any valuables a person might have in their vehicle. Along with police officers, students also acted out the parts of the burglar and victim.
After an outbreak of car burglaries, BPD Chief Gene Ellis was looking for a way to let the public know how to prevent such crimes.
“Earlier in the year and the latter part of last year, we had a lot of car burglaries and the resounding theme was that the cars were all unlocked,” Ellis said. “With our prevention mindset is that we try to come up with strategies to prevent these crimes when we can. We thought if we could get the message out to lock their cars and take their valuables inside or hide them, then we would reduce those crimes.”
Ellis said he then approached BHS Career and Technology Education Director Lori Rockwood about a possible project involving the department and students.
“I had knowledge of the media technology program at the high school, so I approached them to see if they had an interest in doing a project and they were very enthusiastic about doing that,” Ellis said.
Rockwood said the students relished in the opportunity to create and execute the PSA.
“The students got a story board together and decided what it would look like and how each part of it would play out,” Rockwood said. “I think they really enjoyed it. Everyone that was involved seemed to have a really good time while it was being produced.”
Other area law enforcement departments also participated in the project and the students edited a version of the PSA for each department.
“The kids were outstanding, as was the staff,” Ellis said. “It was very professionally done and we were very impressed with the quality of it.”
Rockwood said working with the different departments gave the students “real world” experience in producing a product.
“It was a great learning experience for the kids and I think it really gave them a good opportunity to work with an outside entity and produce something for an outside entity,” Rockwood said.
To view the “Hide, Take, Lock” public service announcement, visit www.youtube.com/watch?v=G9xs9XGICnQ&feature=youtu.be.