Safe Family:Holiday shopping safety

By: Ryan Loyd Email
By: Ryan Loyd Email

It's the most wonderful time of the year! Can't you just hear the Holiday songs starting already? But along with all the holiday cheer, police are warning you of their holiday fear: someone taking your holiday joy away.

Sherman Police Sgt. Bruce Dawsey says, statistically, crime trends increase during the holidays. That's because criminals are targeting people at malls, stores, and parking lots. Especially with easy-to-spot targets (those people with visible items, purses, wallets, etc) in-hand or in plain view in the car, you could become the victim.

Take steps now to prevent anything like this from happening to you! Always carry your purse closely by your side. Rick Arnold with Premier Martial Arts in Sherman says to react to an attacker. Attackers don't expect a reaction, so it'll surprise them, and they may abort their plans. Also, Arnold says to leave a mark. Police will ask you what the attacker looked like. If you can mark them (fingernails, etc), then they'll be easier to nab.

Sgt. Dawsey also says to make sure the tree and presents aren't very visible by that front window. "It looks pretty," he said. But you don't want to advertise the presents you've worked so hard to gather. It could make you an easy target.

Other tips: Shop in pairs, stay alert, avoid wearing expensive jewelry.

For more of these great safety tips, just visit Holiday Shopping Safety Tips brought to you by About.com!

http://crime.about.com/od/prevent/qt/tips_shopping.htm


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  • by Lynn Location: Sherman on Nov 7, 2007 at 07:05 AM
    I totally disagree. Thank God, we finally have some options up here in BF. Happy to see Town center and all the other businesses following. Now, I don't have to drive to Dallas to shop. Whew!
  • by hello? Location: grayson county on Nov 6, 2007 at 07:36 PM
    Shop online! You get better deals. And by the way, if you haven't noticed...THE town CENTER is a MESS to try to get in and out of still. The TOWN center is of what TOWN? I live in the CITY of Sherman unless they've changed the street addresses. I prefer to shop online because of THE Town Center. Come on up here Dallas...and I will move away to "BF" anywhere! Our city looks like Plano and that's sad to me. Nothing original AT all. When all of the "get yourself fat and sassy" eating places and shopping centers are "out of date" will you feel bad about the concrete land and the trees you cut down for the sake of commerce; $5.00 jobs plus tips, and the agony of traffic, no good paying jobs, with the eyesore they left behind (Like the mall, or should I say the OLD old mall? Forget fishing and camping on Lake Texoma too!! It's History...
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