Story provided by Newport Police Department
For many people, November marks the start of the holiday shopping season. Unfortunately, it is also a time when opportunistic criminals seek to take advantage of shoppers. To decrease your chances of being victimized there are some things you might want to consider as you begin your holiday shopping.
On November 6th, the clocks rolled back an hour. As the days get shorter with winter approaching, it increases the advantage for the criminals. When shopping, consider the location as you park your car.
* Does where you parked make it easier for thieves to hide while breaking into your car, because it’s poorly lit or in an isolated area?
* Have you left desirable items in plain sight, such as MP3 players, laptop computer cases, mobile phones, backpacks or purses? Smash and grab vehicle burglaries are all too common when items such as these are left in view of criminals walking past.
* Have you locked your doors and secured your windows? Holiday shoppers sometimes make multiple stops and leave recently purchased merchandise unattended in their vehicles as they shop at the next store. These things sometimes prove to be too much temptation for thieves and should be avoided whenever possible.
The Newport Police Department encourages shoppers to report suspicious persons and activity in parking lots immediately by calling 541-265-4231.