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Community: Package Delivery and Store Shopping: Holiday Safety Tips – from the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department

November, 2012
Irwindale, CA

It's that shopping time of the year and the bad guys are out looking too!

Online Shopping Tips

Shopping online is a convenient way to shop but it also has some risks. Here are some good tips to remember:

Shop at secure websites. When paying, make sure the website address begins with https (the "s" at the end means it's supposed to be more "secure"). It also means the website encrypts the information it sends.

Packages that sit on a porch or door step are more likely to be stolen. There have been cases where thieves will drive behind a delivery truck and wait for the driver to leave the package on the porch or doorstep and then steal the package.

If possible, send the package to a relative or neighbor that is home during the day and is expecting the package.

Always try to request signature confirmation on deliveries. This will ensure that the delivery person won't leave the package unattended.

Send packages to your work rather than your home. This will ensure that you receive the package or someone will sign for it if you are not available.

Shopping in a Store Tips

Remove it... Lock it... or Lose it
If you prefer to shop in the store, remember the holidays are a busy time of year and everyone has a lot on their mind. Criminals are looking to take advantage of you while you are at your busiest. Remember these tips when you're out shopping for your holiday gifts:

Hold your purse close to your body with the opening facing toward you. When walking with another person, the purse should be held between the two of you.

Stow your purchases in the trunk of your vehicle. You may be tempted to throw your purchases in the back seat of your vehicle and return to continue shopping. If your purchases are in plain view, you may return to find your car windows smashed and your presents stolen. They don't have to be worth much, they just have to look like they are worth something.

Save your most expensive purchases for last, so you can head straight home.

Never leave your purchases unattended, even for a few minutes.

If you see any suspicious activity either close to your home, or while you are out shopping, call your local sheriff's or police station. "If you see something, say something." Or, if you wish to remain anonymous, call "LA Crime Stoppers" by dialing 800-222-TIPS (8477), texting the letters TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or using this website Crime Stoppers.

We wish you a Happy Holiday Season. We know you will enjoy the holidays more if you take some precautions and keep your hard-earned gifts. – from LASD Newsletter

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