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Posted on: November 18, 2022

Holiday Shopping Safety Tips

Holiday Shopping Safety Tips

While the holiday season is upon us, unfortunately rising crime at this time of year is as well.  The CLS Police Department wants to make sure that all of our residents stay safe during this time so please follow these helpful tips: 

1.    Pay attention to your surroundings. At this time of the year, we’re all preoccupied with holiday plans and often lost in thought about the many things that we need to get done. It’s important to remain aware of your surroundings while you’re out and about; please don’t allow yourself to become so preoccupied with your mental to-do list that you’re unable to assess potential dangers. Try to park in well-lit areas if you are shopping at night. If you see something or someone who makes you feel uncomfortable, go back into the building, and ask for a security officer or store employee to escort you to your car. Don’t be afraid to ask for assistance! Many businesses hire extra staff or security personnel to help them during this time of year. 

2.    Secure your belongings. While on a shopping trip, ALWAYS lock your vehicle between stops and secure your packages in your vehicle’s trunk or, at the very least, cover them with a blanket and lock your doors. Also, hide all electronic devices. In addition, remove loose change from your cup holders, or any other areas visible from outside your car. Often, if you remove the temptation of valuables left in plain sight, a would-be thief will walk right past your car. 

3.    Don’t make yourself an easy target. Dress casually, don’t wear expensive jewelry, and avoid carrying large amounts of cash with you. When possible, pay for purchases with a check or credit/debit card. Keep all your credit card numbers and account information at home and immediately notify your credit card company if your card is lost or stolen. Don’t overload yourself with packages when walking to your vehicle and have your keys ready before you get to your vehicle.    

4.    Avoid Porch Pirates! To ensure that all of your packages arrive safely, we recommend that you either; track your packages, be available for delivery, require a signature or choose in-store pickup.

The Clear Lake Shores Police Department regularly patrols the residential, marinas, and shopping areas, which provides for rapid response in the event of an incident. Taking these preventative measures can help keep your holiday season a safe and joyous one! 

Interim Chief Donaldson

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