Shopping safety offered
by Courtney Warren
Nov 06, 2013 | 768 views | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend | print
With the holiday season fast approaching many people are beginning their gift shopping.

From popguns, and bicycles, roller skates, drums, to checkerboards, tricycles, popcorn, and plums, this is the time of year more cars and homes are broken into.

"People know that people are out starting to buy presents now and getting a little extra crash on hand. It's also getting close to hunting season and hunters are putting stuff in their trucks to go to hunting camp and things like that so there are a lot of quote goodies being left in the car and these folks know it," said Cleveland Police Chief Buster Bingham.

Bingham recommends taking all valuable items out of your vehicle when arriving home.

"The best thing to do is not leave anything in your car. Take all valuables out of your car. Cars are so easily broken into. You can lock your car but if someone wants to break in they can," he said.

Items that might draw attention include any shopping bags, purses, wallets, backpacks, GPS systems, and even loose change left in the console.

"When you break a car window it doesn’t make that much noise so they can get quick access into a car, grab what they want, and be gone in a matter of seconds not minutes," Bingham said.

One item that might draw thieves to break into a car is seeing a woman's purse left in the seat.

"Ladies are bad about leaving their purses in cars. You may not have anything in your purse but a person walking by that's looking in and wanting to steal something does not know that. If your car is locked and your purse is in there, they will break your window to try and get your purse and if they don't get anything now you're out having to pay for a broken car window," Bingham said.

While, as many know, the holidays will still come without ribbons, still come without tags, still come without packages, boxes or bags, it is best to remove all of those items from vehicles and store them safely inside homes throughout the season.

To report any suspicious activity call Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).