How to Stay Safe Shopping this Holiday Season
It's that time of year, the shopping craze is about to begin this holiday season. And police have some safety tips to make sure you don't become a victim of theft. Video by kmir6.comvideo
It's that time of year, the shopping craze is about to begin this holiday season.
And police have some safety tips to make sure you don't become a victim of theft.
Police said they will be out in full force with theft prevention teams riding on bikes, segways, and patrolling in plainclothes.
They want to make sure you stay safe while shopping.
Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday -- get ready for the rush for great deals.
"I'm pretty sure its going to be electronics, I want to buy a computer," said Palm Desert resident, Erika Macias.
While other shoppers will wait until after the rush.
"My mom doesn't really allow me too, because of the safety part of it," said Minnesota resident, Mackenzi Marinovich.
And safety is a serious concern..
Park in a well lit area.
Police say you should be aware of your surroundings and on the lookout for potential thieves especially when entering or exiting a vehicle.
"First of all, make sure that you lock your vehicle, make sure the windows are up, if you have any valuables make sure they are kept out of sight, preferably in the trunk," said Sgt. Mike Kovaleff with Palm Springs Police.
If you are bumped or someone is in your personal space, check to make sure you are not the victim of a pickpocket.
"Don't leave your purse in the car is one major thing, and don't leave your car either because you usually forget it," said Marinovich.
In the store also pay attention to your surroundings and make sure to keep children close.
"Take care about the kids first, and don't leave stuff everywhere, that way you don't waste your money for nothing," said Macias.
You can still be a victim of theft at home online.
"Always monitor your bank accounts, your credit card accounts online to see if there's any suspicious activity," said Sgt. Kovaleff.
And if you are expecting a package delivery, "Make sure you have someone there to pick them up when they are going to be delivered, otherwise crooks have been known to follow various delivery companies around and pick up the goods that have just been delivered," said Sgt. Kovaleff.
Police also say if your child has to use the restroom, go with them or find a family friendly restroom if they are the opposite sex.
So remain vigilant to ensure your holiday season stays one of giving, not losing.