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The Blotter
With Sergeant E. Flax, NPD

November Downtowner Shopping Tips

Fall is here and while the leaves are changing and the temperature is dropping, it also means that it is becoming that time of year when we get ready for the chaos of shopping, sales, and family get togethers. It can be a hectic time of year for most of us, so I felt this was a good time to review some safety tips to make your holiday season safer.

Here are some things to keep in mind:
1. Stay alert and be aware of what is going on around you.

2. Avoid leaving anything of value in your vehicle like bags, laptops, GPS, etc., always lock your vehicles and windows.

3. As the weather gets colder, it is never a good idea to leave your vehicle running unattended while it heats up. (or cools down in the summer for that matter)

4. Park in well lighted areas at night and avoid parking next to large vehicles like vans or trucks

5. Check with local shopping centers to see if they have on site security and ask them if they provide a vehicle escort service

6. If shopping with kids, teach them to go to a store clerk or security guard if you get separated.

7. Avoid carrying large sums of cash and try to only carry those credit cards you intend to use; keep cash separate from your driver’s license or ID.

Have a safe and happy start to the holiday season, keep those tips and emails coming to eric.flax@norfolk.gov and I look forward to “seeing you in the Green Sector Downtown.”

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