LAS VEGAS, Nev. (702 Times, NV Globe) – Christmas is almost approaching, and many of you are conducting last-minute gift shopping.
However, authorities warn that if consumers are not attentive, they will be robbed.
According to LVMPD, this is the time of year when crime surges throughout the valley.
Metro recommends shopping with a plan, which means deciding which stops you want to make ahead of time.
Reduce any distractions, such as your cell phone.
When walking to and from stores, avoid staring at your phone.
Always secure your automobiles, take any personal possessions with you, and hide goods that must be left in your vehicle.
LVMPD is doing its part, having announced last month the commencement of a Christmas crime-fighting effort.
Police have increased patrols in congested retail districts and deployed plainclothes police in several places.
During the same initiative last year, 163 people were arrested.
Captain Dave Sims advises saving the one store where you want to buy the most stuff for last, then going directly home since crooks may be loitering in the parking lots.
“For people loading items that they just purchased into their cars and go back inside and go shopping, it’s a great opportunity for them to approach the vehicle knowing they won’t be back for a while and steal those items,” Sims said.
Keep an eye on your surroundings and park your vehicle in a well-lit place.
Credits: Fox 5 Vegas
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