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Posted on: November 25, 2013

[ARCHIVED] Enjoy the Holiday Bustle - But be Aware

The end-of-year holiday season - with all its hustle and bustle - is fast approaching. With all the distractions and activity, we sometimes forget the basics for maintaining our safety on the streets and at home. Opportunity is the criminal's key to crime. By staying alert and following a few crime prevention tips, you can ensure a holiday season that is both happy and safe. A primary factor in crime prevention is being aware of our surroundings and potential areas of danger - thereby closing the criminal's window of opportunity.

Busy shoppers can be targeted for purse snatchings and other forms of criminal activity. Retail establishments are full of folks with money to spend. As we speed along, focused on getting through our treasure hunt, a criminal can size up a potential victim.

• Outside of the mall or other shopping areas, stick to well-lit, well-traveled streets, walkways and parking areas - for both walking and parking.
• Stay off the cell phone as you walk through parking lots and streets. It is a distraction that makes you vulnerable to robbers, and your cell phone itself is a tempting target.
• Don't flash large amounts of cash or offer tempting targets for theft such as expensive jewelry or clothing.
• Carry a purse or shoulder bag close to your body, not dangling by straps. Put a wallet in an inside pocket of your coat or front pant's pocket.
• Don't fumble for house or car keys. Have them in your hand, ready to use when you reach the door.
• Keep valuables out of plain view in your vehicle. If you must leave packages in your vehicle- lock them in the trunk. Criminals enjoy “window shopping” your vehicle this time of year – don’t make yourself an easy target.

These crime prevention tips were provided by the Parker Police Department – Have a Happy and Safe Holiday Season. Thank you from the Parker Police Department 303.841.9800.

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