December 12, 2013
FCSO TIPS FOR SHOPPERS DURING HOLIDAYS
The Holiday Season is in full swing and there are only a few shopping days left until Christmas. Everyone is brimming with anticipation of the parties, the presents and the time we will spend with family. Unfortunately, crooks see this as a time of opportunity with you as their “unwilling Santa.” To avoid becoming a victim of these “Scrooges” FCSO offers the following common sense tips for Holiday Shoppers.
• Shop during daylight or in well lighted areas. If you must shop at night, consider taking a friend or family member.
• Park as close to your shopping destination as you can and take notice of where you park.
• When leaving your vehicle, be aware of your surroundings and do not leave your vehicle if there are suspicious people around. This also applies when returning to your vehicle.
• Do not leave packages or valuables visible inside your vehicle. Place them in the trunk.
• Dress casually and comfortably, but avoid wearing expensive clothing or jewelry.
• Stay alert to your surroundings both in the parking lot and inside the store or mall.
• Ladies, carry your purse close to your side with the opening next to your body.
• Carry your wallet or cash in a front pocket as opposed to the back pocket.
• Beware of strangers approaching you for any reason. Con-artists will try to distract you by various techniques with the intent of taking your money or belongings. They sometimes work in pairs.
• When returning to your car, make sure you are not carrying more that you are able to prevent being observant to your surroundings.
• When returning to your car, have your car keys in your hand and be ready to press the “Panic Button” if needed.
“We hope that everyone has a safe, joyous and meaningful Christmas Holiday,” Sheriff Kenney Boone stated. “Our Deputies will be out in force with both marked and unmarked units to provide a deterrent to crime during Holiday Season. Observing these common sense safety tips will reduce your chances of being a victim of the “Shopping Scrooges.”
Captain Michael M. Nunn