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The Brown Deer Police Department will use this blog to provide residents with current crime information and trends, crime prevention tips, as well as pertinent news, legal updates, and notes as it relates to your community and Police Department. E-mail the department | Police Department's Web Site

Tips for Safe Christmas Shopping

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.

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