Holiday Safety Tips For Shoppers and Retail Stores

November 24, 2009

Tis the season to be jolly, but it is also the season to be wary of burglars, thieves, and other holiday criminals. Nothing can ruin the holiday spirit faster than becoming a victim of a crime. The Mesa Police Department is advising shoppers who plan to visit shopping centers and malls during the holiday shopping season to take the following precautions when shopping:


  • Don't leave valuables visible in your vehicle; especially, newly purchased items.
  • Newly purchased items should be stored in the trunk and, if you are returning to the store, move your vehicle to another location. If someone is watching the area, they will think you are leaving. This may prevent your vehicle from being targeted for the items stored in the trunk.
  • Don't flash a lot of money as you are paying for purchases. Make sure credit cards used are returned to you and keep them in your sight at all times, even when the cashier has them.
  • Never carry more packages/bags than you can comfortably carry to your vehicle. Be aware of your surroundings and make eye contact with people as you pass by or approach. Have your car keys out and ready as you arrive at your vehicle.
  • Never leave your purse or wallet unattended in a shopping cart, even for one second. Always keep your hand on the purse strap and put wallets into a pocket or waist pack.
  • When shopping at a mall or large department store, be aware of where you park your vehicle and remember where you parked it.
  • Remove the garage door opener from your vehicle while shopping.
  • When shopping at night, park under or near a light. Security officers are available if you need assistance to your vehicle, or if strangers are hanging around the parking lot.
  • Most importantly, keep vehicle doors and windows closed and locked when not in use!


Mesa Police also encourage retailers to take precautions as well by suggesting all credit card purchases are verified with photo identification; receipts are checked at the door; require identification for returned items; and cashiers open ALL boxes, cartons and bags prior to purchase to ensure no other item was placed inside.

Police also suggest additional security, asset protection and loss prevention officers during the busy holiday season.

The men and women of the Mesa Police Department would like to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season.  



Mesa Police Department
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PO Box 1466
Mesa, AZ 85211

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