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Posted on: November 21, 2017

[ARCHIVED] Police Department shares holiday safety tips

Photo of holiday shopping bags

The Danville Police Department would like you to have a safe holiday season! Follow these tips and remember to report any suspicious activity:

  • After dark, shop with a friend if possible.
  • Bring only cash and the credit cards you will need while shopping.
  • Always try to park in a well-lit area.
  • Keep the doors and windows locked, while driving or when parked.
  • Avoid overloading yourself with packages.
  • Ask for loading assistance if available.
  • Make sure your visibility is clear and you have freedom of motion to help discourage purse snatchers.
  • Keep packages locked in the car trunk, even if this means making several trips to the car.
  • Be alert! Your purse or wallet may be a target for crime in crowded shopping areas, bus stops, and on buses.
  • If someone demands your purse or wallet, surrender it immediately - it is not worth your life.
  • If your wallet is stolen, report it to the Police 434-797-5111 or Emergency 9-1-1.
  • Never resist if a robber or carjacker threatens you.
  • Consider throwing your purse or wallet away from you or yelling loudly to create a distraction to you allow time to escape safely.
  • Keep a record of your credit card numbers so you will have your numbers available when reporting the crime.
  • Have your keys in hand when walking to your car or home.
  • Be aware of your surroundings and anyone approaching your vehicle.
  • Be careful of your holiday trash. Advertising the number and type of gifts received with discarded packages could make your more susceptible for a burglary.

MORE INFORMATION:

Holiday safety shopping guide

Online shopping safety tips

Purse and wallet theft prevention tips

Additional links for home and personal safety

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