Grayson Police Chief Kevin McDavid gave advice on business safety at Tuesday’s luncheon meeting of the Grayson Area Chamber of Commerce.

He spoke briefly spoke about the crime rate relating to alcohol.

“I’m neither for nor against alcohol sales,” McDavid said, noting that crime rates relating to alcohol have not risen in the six months since alcohol sales started.

“Local stores are following procedures,” the chief said, referring to not selling alcohol to minors because the police department does various checks with someone who is underage with a fake ID card.

McDavid spoke mainly on methods that businesses can install or utilize to be more secure. He recommended good lighting in out-of-the-way areas such as an alley, installing solidly-built doors and commercial grade locks.

The GPD does random checks of business doors and access points.

McDavid also gave tips on how to safely handle and transfer money. He advised against keeping large amounts of cash on the premises and recommended that persons making bank depositions use varying routes.

“Police have done escorts,” he said, describing a police officer following a person to the bank.

He also advised not telling anyone you’re going to the bank or how much money you are carrying.

“Don’t wear identifying clothing or name badges,” he added.

The Chamber welcomed four new members -- Kentucky Power Commercial Incentive Program of Ashland (Larry Metcalf), Good Shepherd Printing of Morehead (Jeff Fannin), Beam Business Services of Wheelersburg, Ohio (Dave Beam) and Sarah’s Place of Sandy Hook (Ashley Taylor).

McDonalds of Grayson was recognized as Chamber member of month. Becky Carpenter, local marketing representative for McDonalds, accepted the award from Chamber vice president Kara Johnson.

Adam Rice, field representative for U. S. Rep. Hal Rogers, announced that the SOAR summit has been rescheduled for May 11.

He also provided information on a Congressional Arts Competition for high school students. Winners will receive two free plane tickets for a banquet in Washington D.C. More information on the event can be found online at www.halrogers.house.gov.

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