Annual enhanced Holiday shopping center patrols to be conducted by Elk Grove Police

The Elk Grove Police Department will start its annual program of enhanced patrols at shopping centers throughout the city.

The increased patrols will start on Thanksgiving Day, November 28, the traditional start of the Christmas Holiday shopping season. They will be in force until December 24. 

According to information released by Elk Grove Police, "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."

Police have also issued the following safety reminders: 

·   Stay alert and be aware of your surroundings at all times.
·   Do not leave packages or valuables in plain sight inside your vehicle.
.    Hide valuables from sight before you reach your destination, or, even better, take items with you.
·    Avoid carrying large amounts of cash.
·    Only carry the credit cards and cash that you absolutely need to make purchases.
·    If you carry a purse, keep under your arm close to your body.
·    Put wallets in an inside pocket of your jacket or front pants pocket.
·    If shopping after dark, shop with a friend if possible.
·    Always park your car in a well-lit area.
·   Scan parking lots from inside the business before exiting. If you observe something that makes you feel unsafe, ask the store to have someone help you to your car. If you see suspicious activity call EGPD.
·    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.

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