holiday tips

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

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