Tips From Deputy Myers

Deputy Myers

Deputy Myers

Dear Deputy Myers:

Keep your purchases and packages safe…

With holiday time fast approaching, many people will be starting to get a jump on their shopping both at retail stores and through online ordering and delivery. There are several ways to keep your packages and yourself safe when shopping.

When you venture out to your nearby retail stores and are possibly stopping at several establishments in the same shopping center, keep the following things in mind. 1) Do not leave any valuables in plain view of someone that may walk by your vehicle, thieves often break into vehicles where they can see an item of value and know it will be easily accessible. 2) If you want to place valuables in the trunk, do so before you arrive at your shopping destination, thieves often watch to see people place valuables in trunks or in the rear of the vehicle prior to going into an establishment to shop so they can break into the vehicle and grab the item before you return. 3) Move your vehicle between purchases, if you plan on purchasing items from several different stores, move your vehicle after every purchase; this way a thief thinks you have left the shopping center with your packages and will move on to the easier target for theft or leave altogether.

If you have ordered online and are receiving deliveries to your home, take some precautions to protect your investment. 1) When ordering, make a request for a signature when the delivery person drops off the package, usually a free service. 2) Give instructions to place the item in a certain location, i.e. behind a locked gate or behind a security screen door. 3) Utilize one of the several new locker locations that are popping up all over. 4) Have a trusted friend or neighbor pick up your package for you if you can’t get to it right away.

All in all, enjoy your holiday shopping and outings with family and friends this season, stay safe 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.