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Holiday safety tips from the Spokane Police Department

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

As the holidays draw near, the Spokane Police Department wants the community to make sure they stay safe while they shop. SPD encourages shoppers to keep in mind that criminals are constantly surveying for an opportunity to strike. 

Some of the most common things holiday criminals look for are running cars, unsuspecting shoppers who leave their purse in the cart, or those who leave packages in plain sight in the back of their vehicle. 

SPD says personal safety and security is especially important during the holiday shopping season when crime rates rise. 

To minimize the risk of becoming a holiday shopping crime victim, here are a few safety tips:

  • Make sure someone is home to receive online gift orders, as unattended packages are an easy target for a drive-by theft. 
  • Keep doors and windows locked while you're away. Putting lights on automatic timers will deter criminals from coming near your home. 
  • If you shop at night, never go alone.
  • Park your vehicle in well-lit areas, and keep your keys handy while walking to your car.
  • Keep packages in your vehicle out of sight, and remove garage door openers from your car. Thieves can use vehicle registration information to gain access to your home with the help of a garage opener. 
  • Keep wallets and purses on your person in a secure location. In crowded shopping areas, these are easy for criminals to grab when you're not paying attention. 
  • Be aware of your surroundings. Pay attention to what is happening around you and trust your instincts.
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