Starting in just a few weeks, Hampton Roads shoppers will be hitting local stores looking for gifts for friends and family this holiday season. In fact, many have already set out in search of the perfect present. Unfortunately earlier sunsets and busy, distracted shoppers can often be a recipe for crime.
Camden County, North Carolina Sheriff Tony Perry shared these safety tips with us so that shoppers in North Carolina and Eastern Virginia can have a safe, happy holiday.
When holiday shopping, be sure to remember:
- A single shopper is the best target for theft. Always shop with a friend or relative.
- When going shopping, tell someone where you are going and what time to expect you to return. Also, make sure they know what you are wearing, as well as the type of vehicle you are driving.
- Shop during daylight hours. If you shop at night, park your vehicle in a well-lit area.
- Dress casually and comfortably and avoid wearing expensive jewelry. If carrying cash, keep it in your front pocket rather than in a purse or wallet. This makes it much more difficult for a pick-pocket to remove. Also store car keys in a pants or jacket pocket. If your purse is stolen, you will still be able to drive home.
- Pay careful attention to your surroundings and avoid overloading yourself with packages. It is important to have clear visibility and freedom of motion to avoid mishaps.
- When returning to your vehicle, check around it and in the back seat. Be aware of strangers approaching you for any reason. Have your car keys in your hand to avoid spending unnecessary time unprotected from the security of your vehicle.
- If you feel uneasy returning to your vehicle alone, find a security guard and ask them to walk you to your car.
With all of the holiday events coming up for everyone from 5-95, we’re sure to have a happy holiday season here in Hampton Roads!