Operation Safe Holiday is an initiative the Shoal Creek Patrol Division undertakes each year to ensure shoppers in some of the city’s busiest retail corridors stay safe. They’re handing this holiday crime prevention brochure to shoppers and introducing themselves at stores along 152 Highway near Church Road and at Chouteau Crossing at Chouteau and I-35. Officers have increased patrols in these areas (including in parking lots) and met with employees of the area retailers – everywhere from JC Penney to Wal-Mart – to get to know them and answer their questions.
Their efforts, which have been underway since the Friday after Thanksgiving and will continue until Christmas, have led to substantially decreased thefts from vehicles. You can help decrease your chance of being a victim of these by always locking your car, never leaving anything of value in plain sight in your vehicle and parking in well-lit areas. And never, ever leave your car running unattended. Also, ladies, when you’re shopping, don’t leave your purse unattended in your shopping cart.
As you finish up your last-minute Christmas shopping, please keep these safety tips in mind to make your holiday season as merry as possible.
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