‘Tis the Season to be Stealing

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How to Ensure a Crime-Free Holiday Shopping Experience

One of the busiest shopping seasons is right after Thanksgiving. It is the time of year when stores run some fantastic sales. But this is also the  time of year when thefts, burglary of motor vehicles and auto thefts go up due to shoppers lowering their guard.

The Duncanville Police Department would like for everyone to enjoy a safe, holiday shopping experience and advises everyone to stay alert and aware of their surroundings by  following the precautions .

HOLIDAY SHOPPING IN STORES

  • Don’t leave packages visible through car windows; lock them in the trunk, when possible, take them directly home
  • Never walk alone. Have store employee or a security guard walk you out to your vehicle if  needed
  • Don’t overburden yourself carrying more purchases than you can handle. You need to be able to react quickly and easily
  • Take only what you need in purse or wallet and keep a tight hold on it. Carry purse closed and snugly against your body. Carry your wallet in a front pocket or coat pocket. If possible, use a fanny pack to carry what you need as this keeps your hands free and you can conceal the fanny pack under a jacket out of sight
  • File receipts in your wallet immediately; identity thieves can get important personal information from them
  • Park and Walk in well-lighted areas.
  • Lock your car after entering or exiting your vehicle
  • Look inside and around your vehicle before getting in to make sure no one is inside or around your vehicle
  • Teach your children to go to a security guard or store employee if they get separated from you.
  • Be sure that they know your full name, not just mom or dad, so that store personnel can reach you over the intercom system

ON-LINE HOLIDAY SHOPPING

  • Beware of “bargains” from companies you are unfamiliar with—if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!
  • Shop with companies you know; make sure the site uses a secure connection for purchases
  • Keep your personal information private and your password secure. Do not respond to requests to “verify” your password or credit card information unless you ask for it—credible retailers should already have that information!

For more Holiday Safety Tips contact Officer Doug Sisk, Duncanville Police Department

Community Relations / Crime Prevention Officer (972) 780-5027 / dsisk@ci.duncanville.tx.us.