Police Offer Tips for a Safe Holiday Shopping Experience


"Anything that is or may be valuable, place it out of sight or a trunk, or a separate corridor of your vehicle.  When you're in the store shopping, be cognizant if you've got your purse sitting in the cart with you, don't turn your back to it.  Don't go to a different aisle," said Ofc. Grimsley.

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -- It's the most popular time of the year to shop, and local police say the more shoppers out and about, the more opportunities thieves have to strike. They have some tips on how you can protect your new gifts and valuables from those looking for an easy target.

Bowling Green Police say they see reports of theft from vehicles and purses or wallets all year long, but the holidays provide even more targets for thieves.

"More people are experiencing that because there are a greater number of people out shopping, and there's probably an increase in opportunistic criminals, people walking through a parking lot and noticing things in vehicles that may or may not be unlocked. They take that opportunity and capitalize on it," said Bowling Green Police Officer David Grimsley.

But officer grimsley says you can prevent yourself from becoming a target by taking just a few simple precautions.

"Anything that is or may be valuable, place it out of sight or a trunk, or a separate corridor of your vehicle. When you're in the store shopping, be cognizant if you've got your purse sitting in the cart with you, don't turn your back to it. Don't go to a different aisle," said Ofc. Grimsley.

Ofc. Grimsely says even if you step away from your vehicle for just a second to do something like put away your shopping cart, you should always make sure you lock your vehicle.

"And that's where a lot of crimes do occur, where people break into cars and steal merchandise," said Target Manager Jim Saurheber.

Saurheber says he trains his employees using those same tips to keep their belongings safe while working.

"Once we've educated them and they understand the importance of doing that, then they feel more comfortable about talking to guests about it as well. If you see a guest that maybe has something in their cart that's valuable, and they walk away. Just remind the guest to make sure they keep their merchandise with them," said Saurheber.

Saurheber says the same goes for things like purses and wallets, which should be kept as close to you as possible at all times. Grimsely and Saurheber both say the best thing a shopper can do is to avoid becoming distracted, even for a second.


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