Brantford police offer holiday shopping tips
Brantford police are reminding Christmas shoppers to be cautious to prevent thefts from vehicles at malls and stores leading up to the holidays.
Police say people often place gifts in their cars in plain view and return to retail establishments to continue shopping. As a result, shoppers leave their vehicles at greater risk of being damaged or broken into.
Police offer the following tips for shoppers to reduce the chances of vehicle break-ins and thefts during the holiday season:
- Do not leave parcels, cell phones, electronics or other valuables in plain view inside an unattended vehicle.
- Ensure vehicles are locked.
- Conceal parcels in the trunk and move vehicles to distant locations in the parking lot before returning to the mall to continue shopping.
- Make expensive purchases at the end of shopping trips and take them home immediately.
- Be aware of drawing attention by carrying multiple bags from expensive or popular stores or by openly sorting through purchases while taking breaks from shopping.
- Park vehicles in well-lit areas whenever possible.
- Do not leave purses or wallets unattended.
- Be aware of suspicious people and vehicles in parking lots.
- Protect PIN codes when making purchases with debit or credit cards.
- Change PIN codes for debit and credit cards on a monthly basis.