The following is a news release from the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office:
Shoppers are making their lists and checking them twice. But, they are probably neglecting to check their safety. Just how safe is shopping at this time of the year? Perhaps not nearly as safe as people assume it to be, according to Sheriff Mancuso, especially if people shop alone.
This time of year has a tendency to attract more shopping-related criminal activity because of larger crowds and extended store hours. These factors, combined with the usual distractions related to shopping, create a more favorable environment for petty thieves and other offenders.
In light of these factors, Sheriff Mancuso warns shoppers to be on their guard so that they do not become one of the tens of millions of people a year who are victimized by some sort of criminal activity.
Across the U. S., malls and shopping centers are heightening security measures by hiring additional security personnel and installing surveillance cameras in areas such as parking lots and entrance ways.
"Unfortunately, when shopping, people sometimes have a tendency to become distracted and lose sight of their personal safety," said Sheriff Mancuso. "However, there are several precautions busy shoppers can take to help eliminate their chances of becoming a crime statistic."
Sheriff Mancuso suggests busy shoppers take some safety precautions to reduce their chances of being victimized by criminals who thrive on shoppers at this time of the year. Those safety precautions include:
BEFORE YOU LEAVE:
PARKING LOT SAFETY:
Sheriff Mancuso says, "Have a safe and joyous holiday season from your Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office."
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