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Police urge citizens to follow shopping safety tips this holiday season

D'Iberville police are asking citizens to follow the helpful tips listed to have a safe and enjoyable shopping experience this Holiday season. (Photo source: WLOX) D'Iberville police are asking citizens to follow the helpful tips listed to have a safe and enjoyable shopping experience this Holiday season. (Photo source: WLOX)
D'IBERVILLE, MS (WLOX) -

Tons of people will be out shopping this holiday season, including shoplifters. The D’Iberville Police Department will be doing its best to keep residents and visitors safe from crime.

Shoppers can expect to see uniformed officers in and around stores and in parking lots throughout the city. In addition, officers will be patrolling shopping areas in unmarked cars, searching for those with criminal intentions.

Authorities are asking citizens to follow the helpful tips below to have a safe and enjoyable shopping experience this holiday season. 

• Lock packages in the trunk of your car or anywhere out of sight. Do not leave them in sight for everyone to see what you have purchased.  Don’t overload yourself with packages.

• If you must shop in the evening, shop with a friend.

• Park in a well-lit area, as close as possible to store entrances. Be particularly aware of persons in the parking lot, especially near your car.

• Lock your car and make sure your windows are closed.

• Carry only charge cards you will need. Don’t flash or carry large amounts of cash.

• Carry your purse next to your body with the purse flap against you. Men should carry their wallets in front or inside pockets.

• Be aware of your surroundings and the people around you. Don’t allow your attention to become distracted from your purse or packages.

• Teach your children to approach a police officer, store clerk or security guard and ask for help if they become separated in a store or mall.

• Don’t hesitate to notify the police or store security if you see suspicious activity.

• If you have to wait for a ride, wait in a busy, well-lit place.

• If you are a victim of a crime, report it to police immediately.

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