Christmas shopping safety tips from the Berrien Co. Sheriff's Department

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By: Jon Zimney jzimney@953mnc.com

The holidays, a time for cheer, hope and joy, are here, but with them can come an increase in crime. To help your shopping go safely, the Berrien County Sheriff’s Department offered the following tips:

  • Stay alert and be aware of what’s going on around you.
  • Deter pickpockets and purse-snatchers. Carry a purse close to your body and zipped up.
  • Put your wallet in an inside coat or front pants pocket.
  • Never leave your purse unattended in a shopping cart. Keep it zipped and secured with baby strap.
  • Never carry large amounts of cash. Whenever possible use credit cards, debit cards or checks.
  • Park in a well-lighted space, and be sure to lock vehicle, cover bags and gifts or put in the trunk.
  • When returning to your car or home always have your keys in hand, ready to open the door.
  • Before entering your vehicle check the front and rear of the vehicle for anyone that may be hiding there.
  • Shop with friends or relatives. There is safety in numbers.
  • Teach your children to go to a store clerk, security guard or front counter in case you get separated.

For more safety tips residents can visit the Berrien County Sherifff’s website, Facebook and the Michigan Sheriffs’ Association website.