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The Redding Police Department would like to remind holiday shoppers that thieves like to take advantage of the crowds during this busy time of year. The following tips can help you protect your valuables from theft:
If you must carry a purse, never leave it unattended in your shopping cart. The safest place to carry it is draped over your shoulder.
Valuables left in a vehicle should be concealed. The trunk is the preferred storage area. It’s a good idea to park in an area of the parking lot with adequate lighting, as close to the store as possible.
Concealed carry handgun permit holders should refrain from leaving handguns in unattended vehicles.
Think like a thief! Certain places are magnets to thieves. For example, if someone watches you walk into a movie theater, chances are you won’t be returning to your vehicle for at least two hours. Drop those hard earned valuables off at home first.
Aggressive panhandlers will sometimes try to step between you and your vehicle. Turn around and go back into the store, or approach other shoppers for assistance. Ask for a store employee to escort you to your car if there are suspicious people loitering in the parking lot.
If you are in a giving mood, make sure you donate money to a trusted charity. There are many scam artists who pretend to be affiliated with charitable organizations.
Most of all, be aware of your surroundings and trust your instincts. Please report suspicious people to the police department.
The Redding Police Department would like to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season.