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Protecting yourself and your family when shopping


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Officer Tanika Whiting from the Prince George's County police department provides Ruth Barron with shopping safety tips. Photo by Jim Davis

Officer Tanika Whiting from the Prince George's County police department provides Ruth Barron with shopping safety tips. Photo by Jim Davis

Published on: Wednesday, December 18, 2013

By Jim Davis, Special to The Sentinel

 

Police officers from Prince George’s County Police Department were at the Eastgate Shopping Center on Greenbelt Road on Monday passing out flyers and providing holiday  safety tips to shoppers.

Major Irene Burks of the county police department told the Sentinel “Shoppers should park in  well-lit areas, and an easy way to remember where you park is using numbers or letters on parking lot light polls as landmarks,” she said,”Be sure to lock vehicles and roll-up windows.”

Burks also said keys, cell phones, and wallets should be inside purses or pockets before getting out of the car

“When returning to your car have your keys in your hand ready to unlock the door so you will not be fumbling and looking for your keys.”

Lt. William Alexander, spokesperson for the county police department stated shoppers should carry only credit cards they need. “The fewer credit cards you have the fewer problems you will have if you need to replace them.”

Carrying a lot of cash should also be avoided, according to Alexander.

For women who carry purses, make sure you place the straps on your on your shoulder and hold the straps with one hand.  This posture will make it harder for a person the grab your purse and run.

When storing items purchased at the stores, place them out of sight. The best place is in a locked trunk.

Finally, County police are telling shoppers do not resist if someone tries to take any of your belongings because your life is more important than material items.

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