Shopping safety is as much about personal safety as it is about securing your purchases. Criminals are opportunistic and will take advantage of easy targets. By following these simple rules, you can reduce your risk of being a victim:
- Use the buddy system when shopping and stay alert! Awareness is key to staying safe. Reduce distractions and avoid using your cell phone while walking in parking lots.
- Always watch your purse and make sure its contents, especially wallets, are not visible or accessible to others. Thieves are looking for wallets to steal from purses when their owners are not paying attention.
- Limit the amount of cash, credit cards, and other valuables that you carry to minimize potential loss.
- Do not overload yourself with packages. Use will call and curbside package pick-up services.
- Do not make multiple trips to the parking lot to leave purchases in your car. Thieves often loiter in parking lots and watch as shoppers place purchases in their vehicle, then break into your car and steal your items.
- Go directly home after making large or expensive purchases, such as computers or televisions. Be alert in case you are followed.
Have your cell phone handy in case of emergency and remember: Watch your bag, Boca!
Are you witnessing potential criminal activity?
Did you know that many criminal cases have been solved and arrests made because citizens have called the Boca Raton Police Department to report suspicious persons or activity? Your phone calls DO make a difference! Call 561-368-6201 or 911 if you see any of the following:
- Vehicles circling or driving slowly through the area.
- People loitering or whom you don't recognize.
- Strange vehicles backed up to a garage door in a residential area.
- Unknown persons walking behind, or seen emerging from, the rear of a home or closed business.
- Someone attempting to hide behind trees or shrubbery.
- Persons lifting up door handles or looking into vehicle windows (in parking lots, at beaches, parks, schools, malls, etc.)
If it doesn't look right, it probably isn't. Call us right away. You can meet with an officer or choose to remain anonymous.