Keep watchful eye this season

Here are a few precautions that people can take when out to do their shopping to avoid heartaches and disappointments.

By Gordon SimsCrime Prevention Officer, Trail & Greater District Detachment

It’s that time of year again and the holiday season is a time for fun and festivity and shopping for the perfect Christmas Gift. Here are a few precautions that people can take when out to do their shopping to avoid heartaches and disappointments.

Parents are reminded to keep an eye on their little ones and ensure that you have a plan and your children understand what to do if in the event your children become separated from you.

As much as shoppers see the holiday season as an opportunity to find some great deals, pickpockets and thieves also see this as an opportune time.

Men should carry their wallets in their front pockets as opposed to their back pockets or jackets.

Women should carry their purses close to their body but should not wrap their purse straps around themselves. Doing so could cause you to be dragged down to the ground in the event that your purse is snatched.

Never leave your purchases unattended, even for a short period of time.

If possible, park under lighting and close to entrances & exits and place all of your purchases in your trunk to avoid drawing attention to your vehicle.

If you feel uncomfortable about walking to your vehicle alone in the dark, consider asking a security guard to escort you.

You are encouraged to contact the RCMP Crime Prevention office at 250-368-2185 for further information on this or other crime prevention initiatives.

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