|Operation Safe Shopper begins|
|Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff|
|Wednesday, 27 November 2013 10:52|
PERRYSBURG - The police division is starting a new initiative to help keep shoppers safe this holiday season.
Operation "Safe Shopper" will involve the use of uniformed walking and bicycle patrols in the city's shopping areas, along with plainclothes surveillance dedicated to the commercial shopping and parking areas.
The goal of the initiative is to maintain a high profile in conjunction with low-profile criminal detection techniques to provide the safest shopping environment possible, according to a press release.
The police division is asking the assistance of the public by reporting suspicious people and vehicles, and staying aware of their surroundings while shopping. Officers will be passing out safe shopping tips to shoppers and businesses.
Some safe shopping tips to consider include:
• Stay aware of your surroundings and notice what is going on around you.
• Be aware of people trying to distract you while someone else is close by.
• Park in well-lit areas if possible.
• Keep items in the car out of sight and place things in the trunk whenever possible.
• Never leave valuable items (including laptops, iPads, phones, jewelry, money, credit cards, and similar items) in an unattended car.
• Hold on to your purse and don't leave it in a shopping cart or on the floor while shopping or checking out.
• Put your purse in the car first, before you unload your cart.
• Try not to "telegraph" which car you are entering by hitting the unlocking button too soon.
• Consider not answering your phone or texting while shopping or walking in the parking lot.
• Report suspicious people or activity immediately by calling 419-872-8001 or 911 if it is an emergency.
|Last Updated on Friday, 29 November 2013 10:25|
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