Holiday Safety Tips from LMPD 8th Division
Posted on Nov 23rd, 2011
As we start the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, the LMPD 8th Division would like to give you a few quick hints to keep in mind:
1) Always take items from the car or lock them in your trunk out of sight. The number one problem we have in this area is theft from auto. It would be terrible to fight crowds for those special gifts only to have them stolen.
2) Make sure you don't carry large amounts of cash. Carry a credit card and put it in your front pocket. You're less likely to get pick-pocketed. A credit card can be shut down immediately and traced when used. When cash is stolen it is gone. Ladies, leave your purse at home. It's just one more that can be grabbed, taken or left in the confusion of the holiday season.
3) When you're out all day long on a shopping marathon, be mindful of where you park and who's in the parking lot around you. If you park early in the day and plan to shop into the evening hours, be sure to park where there will be plenty of light and foot traffic upon leaving the store. If you see someone that looks suspicious in the parking lot tell a store employee so they can call security or call LMPD at 574-2111. Most stores will provide an escort to your car upon request, so don't hesitate to ask.
4) Unfortunately burglaries increase during the holiday season. Take extra care to leave extra lights on inside and out. Lighting is a cheap way of deterring criminals. Burglars fell someone will see them and feel more vulnerable. Police and people who pass by are more likely to see what is going on around your house. If you have an alram system use it. Make sure it is functional. Make sure you lock your doors and windows if you go to visit family or friends and call LPMD 8th division at 574-2228 for a free house watch. You should also let a trusted neighbor know that you're leaving so that they can be an extra set of eyes and ears.
5) Last but not least, don't drink and drive. We want you to enjoy a safe accident-free holiday. So if you or family member or friend has had too much to drink, don't let them drive. Call a cab or have a sober friend drive home!
The LMPD 8th Division wants everyone to have a safe, fun, crime-free holiday season.