It’s that time of year when the shopping centers are busier, parking is more difficult to find, there are long lines at the registers and patience is lost at times. Nothing can ruin the holiday spirit faster than becoming the victim of a crime.
The Glendora Police Department would like to offer some tips to help make your holiday shopping a safe event.
- Even though you have a lot to get done and you are rushed, stay alert to your surroundings
- Park your vehicle in well-lighted areas. Remember to always have your keys in your hand when approaching your vehicle
- There is safety in numbers. Thieves are less likely to target a group of shoppers. Bring a friend with you if you have a large shopping trip
- Lock your packages in the trunk of the car rather than piling them into the back seat in full view. If possible, take your bags directly home instead of leaving them in the car. Those with SUV’s, use the pull down covers provided in some models
- Keep your vehicles doors locked and the windows closed
- Avoid carrying large sums of cash with you. If you must, do not flash your cash when paying for your items
- Ladies, keep your purse close to you at all times, do not leave them unattended in a shopping cart
- To discourage purse-snatchers, don’t overburden yourself with your purchases. Carrying too many packages makes you more vulnerable
- Beware of strangers approaching you for any reason. At this time of year, “con-artists” may try many distraction methods with the intention of taking your money or belongings before you realize what they have done
- If it is dark and you are leaving a store alone, wait to exit with others for an extra layer of safety
- Carry your cellphone with you to report any suspicious activity to the Police. In an emergency, dial 911
The Glendora Police Department wishes you and your family a happy and safe Holiday Season!