Elk Grove Police To Increase Holiday Shopping Center Patrols, Offers Safety Tips



November 22, 2016 |  

As part of their annual Holiday crime deterrence program, the Elk Grove Police Department announced it will increase patrols in area shopping centers.

The program, which will start on this year's Black Friday - this coming Friday, through Saturday, December 24. 

The increased police presence will allow officers to focus on suspicious activity occurring in and around shopping centers, which historically have experienced a seasonal increase in criminal activity.

Officers will be patrolling local shopping areas throughout Elk Grove as part of a proactive approach designed to reduce crime, increase visibility and educate the community on how to be more careful, prepared and aware during the holiday shopping season. These patrols will be conducted by officers in marked patrol vehicles, unmarked vehicles and on foot.  

As a reminder, the Elk Grove Police Department would like to provide the following holiday safety tips:

• Keep packages and other valuables in the trunk and out of sight.
• Avoid carrying large amounts of cash.
• Carry a purse under your arm with the strap across your body.
• Put wallets in an inside pocket of your jacket or front pants pocket. 
• Stay alert and be aware of your surroundings at all times.
• If shopping after dark, shop with a friend if possible.  
• Always park your car in a well-lit area.
• Always check the interior of your car before you unlock the door to get in.
• Lock your car doors and windows even if you are only gone for a few minutes.
 Beware of strangers approaching you for any reason. At this time of year, "con-artists" may try various methods of distracting you with the intention of taking your money or belongings. 






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