Sheriff's Message History

Holiday Safety I

November 23, 2011

Thanksgiving is here! Where did the year go? How can it be Thanksgiving already?

This time of year can be a wonderful time. Families get together for Thanksgiving meals. Kitchens are the busiest place in the house, filled with aromas of feasts being prepared. Old movies and football games abound on our television sets. While many stay up late to watch the games, many others are getting up in the wee hours to start the Christmas shopping on “black Friday.” We start getting out the Christmas decorations to begin decking our halls. Yes, this time of year can be truly wonderful and nostalgic.

Since the holiday shopping season ‘officially' kicks on as early as midnight Thanksgiving night, I want to address some shopping safety precautions.

If you are going out to be one of the first in the stores, please remember that tempers can flare in that competitive shopping frenzy. So think before you act. Don't do something that could ruin your holidays and affect the rest of your life.

As you are going through the malls and stores, be aware of your surroundings. Don't leave your purse unattended in a shopping cart.

When you get back to your vehicle with your packages and bags, make sure to secure them so they can't be easily seen from outside your car. And be sure to lock your vehicle.

Look around as you walk though parking lots, particularly after dark and take note of any suspicious people loitering in the parking lot.

And ladies, if you are going to carry a purse or handbag while you shop, do not carry anything of real monetary or sentimental value in your purse. Keep your money, credit cards and driver's license in your pocket, not your purse. We have an increase in purse thefts this time of year so if you just have to carry a purse, carry an inexpensive one. Sometimes the purse is worth more than its contents.

When you get back home, make sure you remove your treasures from your vehicle and take them into your house. Anything that can be viewed by you from outside your car can be viewed by a thief.

Even in the best economic times, nobody wants to be a victim of a theft or burglary. And nobody wants that ‘perfect gift' taken from them. So please take these simple precautions to ensure a happy and safe shopping experience.

I wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season.

Bill Cameron

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