The holiday season is a time when crime is usually at its highest, but police officers in Cedar Hill are nevertheless working hard to make sure residents and shoppers in the city stay safe.
Our police officers, civilian staff, and proactive Citizen’s On Patrol volunteers feel they are responsible for people having a safe shopping experience and getting home safely with their gifts. They will be working more traffic and patrolling the retail parking lots to have a presence so that people can have a safe shopping experience
Below are some tips to help you while you shop this holiday season!
Shopping Safety Tips:
• Shop during daylight hours whenever possible. If you must shop at night, go with a friend or family member.
• Stay alert and be aware of what's going on around you.
• Don't overburden yourself with packages.
• Never leave your purse in a shopping cart or on a counter while you pay for your purchases. When using public restrooms, use extreme caution — try to avoid putting your purse on hooks or door handles.
• Never carry large amounts of money.
Park in a well-lighted space, and be sure to lock the car, close the windows, and hide shopping bags and gifts in the trunk.
• When returning to your auto (or home), have your keys in your hand, ready to open the door.
• Before entering your vehicle, carefully check the front and rear seats and floors for anyone that may be hiding there. Lock your doors immediately after entering the vehicle.
• Try to shop with friends or relatives. There is safety in numbers.
• Shopping with kids? Teach them to go to a store clerk or security guard if you get separated.
Secure your car - Cars can be an easy target for criminals. Park your car as close to your destination as possible and in a well-lighted area. When you do your shopping, remember to store your packages in the trunk of the car and not on the back seat. Also, if you take packages to the car but plan to return to the store or mall, drive your car to a new location within the parking lot.
Shopping Online Tips:
• Before surfing the Internet, secure your personal computers by updating your security software. Everyone’s computer should have anti-virus, anti-spyware, and anti-spam software, as well as a good firewall installed.
• Keep your personal information private and your password secure. Do not respond to requests to “verify” your password or credit card information unless you initiated the contact. Legitimate businesses will not contact you in this manner.
• Beware of “bargains” from companies with whom you are unfamiliar—if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!
• Use secure websites for purchases. Look for the icon of a locked padlock at the bottom of the screen or “https” in the URL address.
• Shop with companies you know and trust. Check for background information if you plan to buy from a new or unfamiliar company.