Coupon Codes For Online Shopping
Coupon Codes For Online Shopping

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Originally published: 2013-12-02 13:59:27
Last modified: 2013-12-02 13:59:27

Our View: Seasonal safety

Because there are, sadly, always a few Grinches roaming the mall, the shopping center or the parking lot, now is the season to be ever mindful of a few holiday tips that could save a white Christmas from turning blue.

Although Boone police note that crime upticks during every Christmas shopping season, you don't have to be a victim. Thieves may be looking for easy targets -- packages left in unattended vehicles, purses dangling from unalert shoppers or shoppers carrying large amounts of cash and multiple credit cards -- but practicing safety first will help ensure that you are not among that group.

Best practices include shopping with a partner or partners, parking in well-lit areas and keeping the doors locked with valuables hidden. Being aware of your surroundings, limiting your funds to the amount you will need for that particular shopping trip and reporting suspicious activity -- via 911 or store security -- no matter what setting you may be in will also go far in ensuring a safe shopping excursion.

Partnering with Boone police by employing safe practices works for the good of everyone -- even as officers work for our good. Boone police officers in plain clothes will be among those shoppers you meet this holiday season, working to ensure a Merry Christmas for all.