The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office offers the following shopping safety tips as the holiday season is fast approaching:
- Be alert and aware. Be attentive to your surroundings at all times.
- Don’t carry more cash or valuables than is necessary. Be discreet so that you don’t attract attention.
- Take extra precautions with your wallet or purse. Carry your purse with the opening flap next to your body and with the strap hung over your shoulder.
- Allow for darkness. It gets dark early this time of year, so be sure to factor this into shopping plans.
- Instruct children on holiday safety measures. Know where your children are at all times. Before going shopping, decide where to meet if you and your children should become separated.
- Always lock your car doors and remember where you park.
- Be sure to place valuables out of sight (i.e. packages, purses, mobile phones, CDs, etc.). Place them in the trunk or take them with you. This includes portable GPS units.
- Never hide spare keys in or on your car. These hiding places are easily discovered. If you need spare keys, keep them in your wallet or purse.
- Be alert to suspicious persons or circumstances. Avoid parking where you see someone sitting in their vehicle for no apparent reason.
- Trust your instincts. If you feel uncomfortable or unsafe in a situation, report it to security immediately.
- When walking in any parking lot, grocery store, airport, shopping center, etc., walk confidently with your head up, make eye contact, and have your keys ready.
- Do not drive across parking stalls. Use appropriate marked driving lanes and obey all traffic signs.
- Drive defensively and courteously.
- Report all suspicious activity.
- And remember, parking lots will be more crowded and checkout lanes will be busier, so please be patient and have a safe shopping experience.
Tips for sales personnel concerning counterfeit money:
- Do not return suspected money to the passer.
- Stall the suspect as long as possible.
- Get a good description of the suspect, anyone with the suspect, and of the suspect vehicle as well as the license number.
- Call 911 as soon as possible.
- Try not to handle the bill; put it in a protective covering such as an envelope.
- Release the suspected bill only to police or to the United States Secret Service.
- Inform the police if there is video footage available of the suspect.
For more information and tips, visit www.lincolncountysheriff.net and Like us on Facebook at Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office – Oregon