11-20-07 Shopping Safety Reminders
Boise - November 20, 2007 - Boise Police have some timely safety reminders for shoppers about to hit Boise's busy retail areas for some holiday shopping. Officers hope these tips will remind shoppers that there are many things they can do to help keep holiday gifts and valuables safe, and make the busy shopping season nothing but enjoyable.
Beginning Friday, November 23rd, Boise Police will have extra patrols in cars and on foot patrolling busy retail areas, particularly the areas near Franklin and Milwaukee. Officers will patrol during what retailers have identified as the busiest shopping times, usually evenings and weekends.
Boise Police have found that extra patrols and a visible presence by police can often be a deterrent to crime. Also, with the heavy traffic in the mall area, patrols already stationed nearby have a much faster response times to calls for service.
Despite extra police patrols, officers urge shoppers to take steps to insure their own safety and security.
The following personal safety reminders come from the Boise Police Crime Prevention Unit:
- Lock your car at all times.
- Don't leave valuables in cars. If you must leave them, lock them away in the trunk or where they can't be seen.
- Leave the distracting iPod at home. Use cell phones only for urgent or emergency calls. Idle chats can distract you long enough for your purse or shopping bags to disappear.
- Overburdened shoppers can make tempting targets. When the bags pile up, take them home.
- Streamline your pocketbook. Limit potential losses by emptying your wallet and purse of everything you don't need, like credit cards you don't plan to use. Take only a few checks instead of your whole checkbook.
- Safeguard your money. Carry your billfold in a deep front pocket, or wear a fanny pack with a pouch in the front.
- Stay aware of your environment. Make eye contact - bad guys don't want to be identified.
- Make your exit quickly. when you're ready to leave, have your keys ready before heading to the parking area. Check for lurkers around your vehicle.
- Shop with a friend - two people are less vulnerable than one!
We hope these tips help everyone have a safe, enjoyable holiday!!!