Shopping, especially during the holidays, is a “window of opportunity” for the criminal element.  Apply these principles to your shopping habits:

  • Shop with a friend as you are less likely to be a victim if someone else is with you.  If you do shop alone, request an escort to your vehicle.
  • Park your vehicle in a well lit area avoiding those places that limit your visibility to and from your intended destination.
  • Make sure all doors, hatches, windows, and the trunk are secured.
  • Walk to and from your destination with purpose and stay alert to your surroundings.
  • Be wary of strangers approaching who start meaningless or odd conversations with you.
  • Always carry purses with the clasp or flap close to the body; carry wallets in a front or inside pocket.
  • Be discreet when paying for purchases.  Do not flash your cash.
  • Carry only as many packages that one hand can hold. This way you can have your keys ready to enter your vehicle.
  • Do not approach your vehicle if anything unusual is detected (i.e. broken window, open door, unknown person standing near).
  • Look inside your vehicle before entering and make sure to lock all doors immediately after getting inside.

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