11-24-09 Holiday Safety Reminders and Extra Patrols
Boise - Nov. 24th, 2009
Boise Police have some timely safety reminders for shoppers about to hit the city's busy retail areas for some holiday shopping. Officers hope these tips will remind shoppers that they can do many things to help police keep holiday gifts and valuables safe, and make the busy shopping season nothing but enjoyable.
Boise Police will have extra patrols in cars and on foot patrolling busy retail areas, particularly the areas around the Franklin and Milwaukee corridors. Officers will provide extra 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 be a potential deterrent to crime. Also, with heavy vehicle and pedestrian traffic in the mall area, patrols already nearby have a faster response time to calls for service. Downtown retail areas will also receive special attention from Boise Police patrols, particularly downtown police bike patrols.
Despite extra police patrols, officers urge shoppers to take these important 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.
- Be aware of your environment. Make eye contact - bad guys don't want to be identified.
- Make your exit quickly. When 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!
Holiday Public Safety Display:
Boise Police Volunteers will have a public safety display for shoppers set up inside the Boise Towne Square Mall on weekends beginning Friday, Nov. 28th through the holiday season. The safety display will include free handouts for shoppers on personal safety and crime prevention tips, as well as fun crime prevention educational items for the kids and photos with Mcgruff the Crime dog!
Boise Police hope these tips help everyone have a safe, enjoyable holiday!!!