By Deanna Myers, Riverside County Sheriff Department
EASTVALE-With the holidays seemingly in full swing at most of your local retail shopping locations, it is important to think about how to keep yourself, your family, and your recently purchased goodies safe.
The following are some suggestions for your next big shopping trip.
- Shop during daylight hours whenever possible and try to shop with a friend.
- Avoid wearing expensive jewelry.
- Even though you are rushed and thinking about a thousand things, stay alert to your surroundings.
- Avoid carrying large amounts of cash, if unavoidable. Carry it in your front pocket.
- Pay for purchases with a check or credit card when possible.
- Notify the credit card issuer immediately if your credit card is lost, stolen or misused.
- Avoid carrying a purse or wallet if possible; they are the prime targets of criminals in crowded shopping areas, transportation terminals, bus stops, on buses and other rapid transit.
- Avoid overloading yourself with packages. It is important to have clear visibility and freedom of motion to avoid mishaps.
- Beware of strangers approaching you for any reason. At this time of year, “con-artists” may try various methods of distracting you with the intention of taking your money or belongings.
- If you load your vehicle with purchased items and plan to continue shopping in the area, move your car, if a potential suspect has been watching you, they may wait for you to load your vehicle and walk to the next store, and when you return your items could be gone. Also, never leave packages in plain view, lock them up in your trunk.
Happy shopping, Eastvale!
Deanna Myers is the Volunteer and Programs Coordinator for the Jurupa Valley Station of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department that services the Eastvale Police Department. She has been with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department for about eight years, and most recently was assigned to patrol within the City of Eastvale before moving into her current position where she is in charge of the Neighborhood Watch program for the City of Eastvale.