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LASD - Palmdale Station, Los Angeles County Sheriff
Wednesday November 13th, 2013 :: 02:25 p.m. PST

Holiday Shopping Safety Tips

The holidays are approaching fast! Most people have or will be starting their holiday shopping anytime now. The holiday season is a time when busy people can become careless and vulnerable to theft and other holiday crime. Below are shopping safety tips which can help you avoid being a victim of theft:

•Always stay alert to your surroundings!! Do not walk thru a parking lot with your head down or on a cell phone.
•Avoid shopping at night whenever possible. If you must go out at night, bring a friend or a family member. If no one is available to go shopping with you, let a family member know where you are going and what time to expect you home.
•Dress casually and comfortable; avoid wearing expensive jewelry.
•Avoid carrying a large amount of cash. Keep cash in your front pocket.
•If possible, do not carry a purse or wallet. Carry only your identification card along with necessary cash, checks or credit card you expect to use.
•If possible pay for purchases with a credit card.
•Immediately notify the credit card company if your credit card was lost or stolen.
•Have your keys ready when you leave the store.
•Park in a well-lit area.
•Avoid overloading yourself with packages. It is important to have clear visibility and freedom of motion if danger presents itself.
•Be cautious of strangers approaching you for any reason. Many thieves will use different methods to distract you with the intention of taking your money or merchandise.
•Do not leave packages in plain view of your vehicle. Lock all your merchandise in the truck of your vehicle.

If you would like more information on holiday shopping safety please visit If you have any questions or concerns, please call the Palmdale Sheriff Station at 661-272-2400 or email Deputy Jodi Wolfe at

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Written by:
Deputy Jodi Wolfe
Palmdale Sheriff’s Station
750 East Avenue Q,
Palmdale, Ca. 93550
(661) 272-2520
Twitter: @jwLASD Wolfe

LASD - Palmdale Station, Los Angeles County Sheriff
750 East Avenue Q
Palmdale, CA 93550

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 661-272-2400

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