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The Brown Deer Police Department encourages citizens to be alert and cautious while shopping, especially during the holiday seasons. Don’t become a crime victim this Christmas season. Here are some important safety tips to keep in mind:➤ Avoid shopping alone - if you do shop alone, let someone know you’re expected location and time of return.➤ Immediately report suspicious persons and activities to police.➤ Carry a well charged cell phone.➤ Shop during the daytime when possible.➤ Be extra careful with purses and wallets. Carry a purse under your arm and keep it towards the front of you. Don’t place your purse in a shopping cart. Keep a wallet in an inside jacket pocket or in a front pocket.➤ Check your purses/wallet before leaving each store to prevent leaving items behind.➤ Limit the amount of cash you carry.➤ Carry only the credit cards you’re going to use that day & make sure you have the account numbers and creditor contact numbers recorded at home in case you have to cancel a lost or stolen card.➤ Park in well-lit areas when shopping at night and ask security to escort you to your vehicle.
➤Shop with friends or family members in numbers.➤ Keep your vehicle locked at all times and set your alarm.➤ Lock purchases and valuable items in your trunk, never leave items in your vehicle that are visible to the public. Stay aware of your surroundings while transferring packages from a cart to your vehicle.➤ Keep your hands free and avoid carrying an excessive number of packages. Have your vehicle key in hand and ready when walking to your car. Look at people around you.➤When leaving a store or before exiting your car onto the parking lot, scan the area and if anything, or any person, looks suspicious, wait and/or call the police. Visually check the back seat of your vehicle before opening the door and getting in.➤Teach your children to go to a store clerk or security guard and ask for help if they become separated in a store or shopping mall. The holiday season is a busy time for all, so please take a little time to plan your outings.