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Keep Your Holidays “Grinch-Free” News Release 11/23/16

Keep Your Holidays “Grinch-Free” News Release 11/23/16

KEEP YOUR HOLIDAYS “GRINCH-FREE

Sheriff Provides Shopping Safety Tips

(HANCOCK COUNTY, OH) November 23, 2016 — As shoppers hit the stores on Black Friday and the in the weeks to come, The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office warns against possible thefts and other holiday related crimes.  As shoppers are focused on finding great deals and getting special gifts for loved ones, they should be careful not to neglect personal safety.

Sheriff Heldman says, “The holidays are supposed to be a time filled with generosity, hope and cheer, but unfortunately, it can be a time when criminals become more active or aggressive.”

The Sheriff’s Office offers these holiday safety tips to help keep you and your family safe this holiday season:

  • Stay alert of the people, vehicles and circumstances around you.
  • Cars can be an easy target for criminals. Park in a well-lighted area.
  • Store your packages in the trunk, never in the back seat.
  • If you take packages to the car but plan to return to the store, move your car to a new location within the parking lot.
  • Be extra careful with purses and wallets. Carry a purse close to your body, not dangling by the straps. Put a wallet in an inside coat or front pants pocket.
  • Never leave your purse in a shopping cart or on a counter while you pay for your purchases.

Traditionally, this time of year attracts more shopping-related criminal activity in part due to the larger crowds and the extended store hours. These factors and the usual distraction of shopping, creates a more favorable environment for petty thieves and other offenders. If you see suspicious activity, the Sheriff’s Office asks that you call and report it at 419-422-2424.