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BSO PUTS CROOKS ON NOTICE

The Broward Sheriff's Office is turning up the heat on would-be Scrooges this holiday season.

Through December 31, 2002, BSO will initiate “Operation Scrooge” in which deputies will be on the lookout for shoplifters, pickpockets, and others who prey on holiday revelers.

Uniformed and plainclothes deputies will stand guard at area shopping centers, keeping watch for any suspicious individuals and arresting those who commit criminal acts. Deputies will also help educate the public on ways to stay safe during the hectic season.

Some safety rules to keep in mind:

Park your vehicle in a well-lit and well-traveled area and remember where you parked. Be sure to lock your doors and keep any valuables out of sight. When returning to your vehicle, scan your surroundings for any suspicious individuals.

Keep a close eye on your purse, wallet, cell phone, and other valuables. Thieves often look for someone distracted by the busy holiday crowds.

Avoid carrying large amounts of cash and carry only the credit cards you need for your shopping trip. Request your credit card receipt and all carbon copies from the sales clerk. If your credit card is stolen, report it immediately. Most fraudulent use of credit cards takes place within hours of the theft.

Only use an automatic teller machine that is in a well-lit and safe location, keep an eye on those around you, and protect your PIN.

Expect heavier traffic during the holiday season and drive defensively.

If you notice someone acting suspiciously or committing a crime, don’t try to intervene. Instead, report the situation to a store manager, a security guard, or a law enforcement officer.

For more safety tips, log on to the Broward Sheriff's Office website at www.Sheriff.org.

From everyone at the Broward Sheriff's Office, have a safe, healthy, and happy holiday season.

This release by:

Hugh Graf / Media Relations

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