It's the week before Christmas and the height of the holiday season as New Year's Eve is rapid approaching. During the last minute rush of shopping and holiday preparations, its easy to be caught unaware of your surroundings and creating an ideal atmosphere for crime.
Suffolk County Police Department has increased its patrols around shopping centers, such as Smith Haven Mall, and downtown areas.
"We want residents to feel safe as they finish their holiday shopping," said Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy. "The enhanced police presence should help ensure a safe holiday experience.
Suffolk Police department has issued a press release asking asking residents to take 10 basic precautions this holiday season to help protect themselves, their loved ones and their property.
- Always be aware of your surroundings.
- Park as close to the entrances and exits of stores as possible.
- Park in well lit areas.
- Lock your vehicle and do not leave any valuables inside.
- Do not leave your holiday purchases in view in your vehicle. Save expensive purchases for last so you can head straight home.
- Have your keys ready when you approach your vehicle.
- If you see suspicious activity call 911.
- Women should protect their pocketbooks by carrying the bags in front of them.
- Avoid using ATMs outside at night.
- Have an estimated time you will arrive home from shopping. Be sure to share that information with family and friends.