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Top Cop Offers Holiday Shopping Safety Tips

Police Commissioner Novelle E. Francis Jr. this week reminded the community to be safe during the holiday season and offered guidelines for shopping safety.

In a statement Wednesday, Francis pointed out that all over the United States and in the Virgin Islands, criminals use the hustle and bustle of the holiday season to prey on individuals who may be distracted and preoccupied with last-minute shopping. Being aware of your surroundings will help you have happy crime free holidays, the commissioner said.

Francis offered the following safety tips:

  • Park your vehicle in well-lit areas and make sure your doors are locked while you are shopping;
  • Make sure the area where you park will have enough light during evening hours;
  • Place your purchases in your trunk or under the seat in your car — never leave your packages in plain sight in the vehicle as it invites criminal behavior;
  • Avoid carrying large amounts of cash. If possible use only credit cards, debit cards or checks;
  • Don’t have your purse swinging or dangling from your shoulder, making it an easy target for someone to grab.
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Police Commissioner Novelle E. Francis Jr. this week reminded the community to be safe during the holiday season and offered guidelines for shopping safety.

In a statement Wednesday, Francis pointed out that all over the United States and in the Virgin Islands, criminals use the hustle and bustle of the holiday season to prey on individuals who may be distracted and preoccupied with last-minute shopping. Being aware of your surroundings will help you have happy crime free holidays, the commissioner said.

Francis offered the following safety tips:

  • Park your vehicle in well-lit areas and make sure your doors are locked while you are shopping;
  • Make sure the area where you park will have enough light during evening hours;
  • Place your purchases in your trunk or under the seat in your car -- never leave your packages in plain sight in the vehicle as it invites criminal behavior;
  • Avoid carrying large amounts of cash. If possible use only credit cards, debit cards or checks;
  • Don’t have your purse swinging or dangling from your shoulder, making it an easy target for someone to grab.