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December 15, 2012

Police Chief offers tips for a safe holiday

CLAREMORE —  

At a time of the year when most Claremore residents are looking forward to presents, Claremore Police Chief Stan Brown would rather they practice presence — specifically, presence of mind, to safeguard their belongings and protect themselves during the holiday season. 
“We understand how easily a person can be distracted by the hustle and bustle of the season, but that only gives would-be thieves opportunities more to make a victim out of a person who's not paying attention to their surroundings,” said Brown. “It only takes a moment for a person to be a victim of crime, and because of the nature of the holidays, there are more of those moments than almost any other time of the year, both at and away from home.”
To help ensure a safe holiday season, Brown offered the following tips to Claremore residents:
When shopping:
Always be mindful of your surroundings and park in well lit areas.
• If possible don’t shop alone, particularly at night, and be especially cautious when returning to your vehicle. Have your keys out and ready when you leave the store.
Never leave valuables in your car when it is unattended, even if only while you’re getting gasoline. Automobile burglaries are among the most reported crimes during the holiday seasons, Brown said. 
Presents, wallets and purses left behind in an unattended vehicle are an easy target for would-be thieves.
When shopping online, only make online purchases from secured websites. Some online businesses are merely fronts that utilize personal and credit card information for illegal purposes.
Keep your purse or wallet in your physical possession at all times. Although it may be inconvenient to carry your purse the whole time you’re shopping, do not place it in your shopping cart —  this only makes it more accessible to potential thieves.

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