“The chances of becoming a victim of theft are a lot higher during the holiday season,” began a recent news article from OzarksFirst
. With this in mind, a number of Missouri police departments offered advice on keeping yourself, your loved ones and your new purchases safe this holiday season.
Their first instruction seems simple enough, but is something we can easily forget when holiday gift-buying becomes hectic. Be sure to lock your car doors, and hide your valuables at all times. SABRE advises you to keep new purchases locked in the trunk, where criminals can’t see them.
Matt Stewart, Joplin Police Department captain drives home the prevalence of shoppers overlooking this basic recommendation: “…we’re just seeing people who either aren’t taking the time to secure their vehicle,” he said, adding that shoppers are also seen “leaving things out in plain sight.”
Be sure to bring your wallet and phone with you in the store, instead of leaving it in your car’s cup holder or passenger seat – but keep track of these valuable items as you shop. Stewart offered some perspective on how important keeping a close eye on your valuables really is: “A lot of times when we get to shopping we get busy, and we may set our phone down or set our wallet down, and then forget about it and go off and leave it. Many times when they come back, that item is gone.”
A few shoppers interviewed in the same article
stress the importance of being “always on guard” and outsmarting “people who want to take advantage.”
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