Rushville Republican

December 13, 2013

Safe shopping this holiday season

By Frank Denzler Rushville Republican
Rushville Republican

---- — With only 11 days of shopping left until Christmas, many family schedules are becoming increasingly filled with multiple daily objectives, all too frequently; it is easy to overlook one of the primary needs this time of year, safety.

Extra care and precaution should be taken, not only when shopping, but also prior and upon returning home.

In recent weeks, local and county law enforcement personnel have been dispatched to a number of theft and residential burglary calls. Common sense about one’s surroundings is increasingly important this time of year. When shopping, it is recommended that people remove all visible temptations from their vehicle that may attract the attention of a thief. Lock all doors when leaving your home and if travel plans call for extended time away, have a neighbor or friend periodically check on your home.

Additional safety tips include:

* As a shopper, stay alert and aware of your surroundings, especially if you feel yourself being pushed or jostled while in a large crowd. Thieves often work in pairs, with one acting as a distraction while another commits the crime.

* If you become lost while shopping in a large department store, find a clerk, security guard or police officer and ask for help or directions.

* Hold all purchases tightly if additional shopping is to be done. It only takes a moment for a package set down to disappear.

* Women are encouraged to keep their purses in front of them rather than on their shoulder and men should keep their billfolds in a front pocket whenever possible.

* When parking you vehicle, especially after dark, try to park in a well-lit area. Although security cameras are now the norm in many parking structures, a well-lit area also serves as a deterrent for possible thieves.

* If packages are left in a vehicle, keep them out of sight and in the trunk, rather than in the back seat of a vehicle.

Contact: Frank Denzler @ 765.932.2222 x106.