Safety Tips While Shoppping

Hi Neighbors,

As we rush to get everything done for the holidays, we may not be aware that we are the targets of thieves while we shop.  Please review these safety tips from the Office of Neighborhood Coordination’s December Newsletter and the Albuquerque Police Department.

“December can be a very hectic month, preparing for the holiday gift-giving season. Unfortunately, theft also becomes more of an issue, with thieves looking to steal packages from cars, from front porches, and other areas.  Below are tips for shopper safety:

  • Shop during daylight hours if possible.  If shopping at night, go with a friend or family member.
  • Don’t carry a wallet or purse, if possible, and carry minimal cash.
  • Stay alert to your surroundings at all times, particularly when walking back to your vehicle carrying bags or packages, and try to avoid overloading yourself.
  • If your credit card information is compromised, notify your card holder immediately.
  • Beware of strangers approaching you for any reason, particularly in parking lots and at ATM machines.
  • Don’t leave visible bags and packages in your car if out shopping. Lock valuables in your trunk, lock your vehicle, and engage your car alarm system.
  • When walking out to your vehicle, have your keys already in your hand.”

Additional information on safety and crime prevention can be found by clicking the Crime Prevention heading on the top menu bar.

There is also a lot of great travel safety and crime prevention information in the December issue of the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office Newsletter.  Be sure to check it out here: BCSO December 2017

Ladera West Neighborhood Association wishes you all a safe holiday shopping season.

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