Police share tips for safe holiday shopping

The holiday shopping season is here. The Chesterfield County Police Department is encouraging shoppers to be aware of their surroundings and follow these simple shopping safety tips:

  • Shop during daylight hours, if possible.
  • Shop with a friend or group of friends.
  • Avoid wearing excessive or expensive jewelry.
  • Choose parking spaces in well-lit, high-traffic areas and as close to entrances as possible.
  • Do not leave valuables visible inside your car. Purses, laptops, cameras, GPS units, portable music players and cash attract attention and tempt thieves.
  • Always lock your car, even if you are leaving for only a short period of time. Make sure all windows, including the sunroof, are completely closed.
  • Stay alert and pay attention to your surroundings. Be aware of those around you and do not allow yourself to be distracted. Offenders may try various methods of distracting you with the intention of taking your money or belongings.
  • Keep your purse closed, carry it close to your body and keep a firm grip on it.
  • Never leave your purse or wallet unattended in a shopping cart.
  • Avoid carrying multiple credit cards and large amounts of cash.
  • Conceal your credit card numbers and personal identification numbers (PIN).
  • Do not overburden yourself with packages. It is important to have clear visibility and freedom of motion to avoid mishaps.
  • Walk facing traffic so you can see approaching cars.
  • Have keys in your hand as you approach your vehicle.
  • Check the back seat of your car before entering.
  • Once you are in your vehicle, lock your doors immediately.
  • Never place packages or your purse on top of your vehicle.
  • Do not hesitate to contact police to report suspicious persons and activities.

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