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Dec 4, 2017
During the holidays, many crimes happen AWAY from potential victims--in the parking lot where they left their car. Former SLC police chief Chris Burbank shares a few holiday tips on what to do to minimize risk as you do your shopping. *** When you go out holiday shopping, you need to realize that more criminals—more people intent on taking things from your car—are out watching. Do not leave your purse and valuables in the car, if at all possible. If you are going to leave something in the car, make sure it’s not visible—that it’s out of sight. If you’re going to put something in the trunk in order to keep it safe, plan ahead. Don’t wait until you get to the shopping mall to get out and noticeably put your purse in the trunk and close the door. Other people, unfortunately, might be paying attention. Put it in there before you get to the shopping mall, then as you get out of your car, if somebody were to be watching this, they would have no idea that you have anything of value—nor is that attractive to them as a thief. As you shop and get packages, be organized in that. Most stores will hold purchases for you until the end of the day. So that you can go to multiple stores and then just do a pick up run, as opposed to taking something back to the car and putting it right in the back seat—where somebody, one, watches you come, and two, as they walk by the car they say, “That might be something of interest.” We’re not being paranoid, we’re just reducing the chances those packages get stolen.
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