As we enter the holiday season, families throughout Broward County are buying gifts for their loved ones. Unfortunately, anyone can become susceptible to a crime even during the best times of the year. In this episode of Shop Talk with the Sheriff, special guest Deputy Taryn Session and Sheriff Gregory Tony discuss preventing shopping-related crimes.
Deputy Session explains how some of the most common crimes during this time of year are vehicle burglaries.
“You have the opportunists, and they are just waiting. They are just in the parking lot waiting. They see you exit your vehicle; they see you don’t have a purse with you, and they know that nine times out of 10 you probably stashed it in your car,” Deputy Session said. “They see you coming out with all sorts of packages and leaving them in the back seat and they are going to go for those packages.”
Deputy Session suggests having a plan before you leave your house to go shopping:
- Empty out anything of value in your car.
- Avoid driving alone or at night.
- If you must shop at night, park in a well-lighted area.
- Carry a cross body purse, and keep your hands free.
- Avoid wearing expensive jewelry.
- Stay alert to your surroundings, and don’t be distracted by your cellphone.
- When leaving the store, be sure to locate your keys before going to your car.
- When shopping online, use a credit card instead of a bank card.
- Sign up for delivery alerts, and track your package online.
- If you are not home, have your purchases delivered to your place of work or a neighbor’s house.
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