Holiday Shopping Safety Tips - Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Contact: Lt. Chris Clayton at 919-661-6980
With the holiday shopping season about to start, the Garner
Police Department would like to take the opportunity to remind you of some
important tips to keep yourself and your family safe during the holidays. The Garner Police Department will be looking
for violators this holiday season, with an emphasis by our Special Operations
Division on retail theft, larceny of purses, break-ins to motor vehicles, and
DWI’s. Our officers will have “zero
tolerance” on these offenses, and offenders can expect to be arrested and taken
to jail. Garner police officers will
also be proactively patrolling shopping centers and highways to make this holiday
season safe for residents and visitors.
Everyone is reminded to call 911 to report any suspicious activity.
We would like to offer some suggestions on ways you can make
your holidays safer and more enjoyable.
Don’t drink and drive. Have a designated driver or take a taxi.
Beware of strangers approaching you for any
reason. At this time of year,
con-artists may try various methods of distracting you with the intention of
taking your money or belongings.
Do not leave your purse unattended in shopping
Never park in an unlit area, no matter how
convenient it may be.
Lock your packages and gifts in the trunk of
your vehicle. Lock car doors and keep
Dress casually and comfortably and avoid wearing
Always carry your driver's license or
identification along with necessary cash, checks and/or a credit card you
expect to use.
Avoid carrying large amounts of cash. Pay for purchases with a check or credit card
Be extra careful if you do carry a wallet or
purse. They are the prime targets of
criminals in crowded shopping areas, transportation terminals, bus stops, on
buses and other rapid transit. Carry a purse under your arm. Keep a wallet in an inside jacket pocket, not
a back trouser pocket.
Even though you are rushed and thinking about a
thousand things, stay alert to your surroundings.
Avoid overloading yourself with packages. It is important to have clear visibility and
freedom of motion to avoid mishaps.
Teach children to go to a store clerk or
security guard and ask for help if you become separated. They should never go
into a parking lot alone.
Source: The Law
Enforcement Officers Complete Crime Prevention Manual
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