Waxahachie Police officer OT Glidewell spoke to the National Active and Retired Federal Employees, Chapter 1191, during its monthly meeting on Tuesday at the Asian King Buffet in Waxahachie.

Glidewell has been with the Waxahachie Police Department for eleven years, with ten of those as a patrol officer and the past year as the community services officer. His wife, Elizabeth Glidewell, serves as a detective with the department.

Glidewell provided a very timely and interesting discussion of maintaining individual security, particularly as it relates to senior citizens. Situational awareness was one of the main factors noted. He also spoke about the need to be a good observer of the surroundings — such as steps, rail guards, exits to rooms and buildings — and remaining aware of persons in the area, including on the way to your car. Glidewell stated that individuals should stand tall, try to not show fear and always present a confident appearance.

In home security, Glidewell explained, residents should ensure windows are locked, deadbolts are deployed and he stressed to not leave a key under the doormat or other obvious location. He then told those in attendance to always make sure to adjust lights and shutters to make the house appear as if someone could be at home and stressed the use of doorbell cameras and other security systems.

According to Glidewell, automobile safety includes keeping sufficient gas in the car, predetermining routes, locking doors while driving and getting gas, checking for credit card skimmers, not picking up hitchhikers, and going to a public place if you feel someone is following. He also reminded drivers to be aware of phone scammers using purported orders of health equipment, family names and situations to solicit funds, and supposed governmental connections, such as the IRS, to obtain sensitive personal information and funds. An extensive question and answer session followed the presentation.

The local NARFE chapter covers Ellis, Navarro and adjacent parts of the surrounding counties. Membership in NARFE is open to all active and retired federal employees and their spouses, former federal employees, and former spouses who are entitled to a federal survivor annuity.

For more information, call Midlothian at 972-268-5793 or 972-775-2463, Waxahachie - 469-939-8102, Ennis - 214-949-6197, Red Oak - 412-722-6307, or Corsicana - 903-874-3092. You may also go to www.narfe.org or see NARFE Chapter 1191 on Facebook.