DOVER, Del.- Delaware State Police are urging shoppers to exercise vigilance and caution during the start of the holiday shopping season after Thanksgiving.
According to police, the holiday season is when thieves are frequently on the prowl. Police said the first line of defense is for shoppers to reduce own vulnerability and do whatever they can to minimize the possibility of becoming crime victims.
Troopers offered the following safety tips:
Staying Safe While Shopping:
Park in high visibility and well-lit areas. Lock your car and take your keys.
Stay alert to your surroundings and the people around you.
Shop with a friend- there is safety in numbers.
Use credit/debit cards and avoid carrying large amounts of cash.
Keep purse close to your body at all times and keep wallet in your front pocket.
Be extremely careful using ATM machines. Use them in populated places and pay attention to your surroundings.
Do not leave purchased items visible in the car; leave them in the trunk.
Report suspicious people or activity immediately.
Keeping Your Home Safe:
Keep the outside of your home well-lit with doors and windows locked.
Keep gifts hidden from view through outside windows of your home.
After opening gifts, break down the boxes of expensive electronics or other gifts and dispose of in an opaque garbage bag to hide the fact that you have valuable items in the home.
Troopers said they will increase their visibility across Delaware with stepped up patrols in shopping centers and malls. They also said they will be targeting aggressive and impaired drivers.
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