The Omaha Police Department is working closely with local malls and will provide an increased presence at shopping areas this holiday season.
Omaha Police say this is the time of year when everyone needs to keep their guard up during the hustle and bustle of the holiday shopping season.
The Department offer the following tips for staying safe during the holiday season
Park and walk in well lit, busy areas
Stay away from over-grown bushes and trees
If possible, don’t leave valuables in the car….put them in the trunk
Don’t wear expensive jewelry while shopping
Keep the amount of cash that you carry to a minimum…use credit cards
Carry only one major credit card…if your wallet is stolen, you only have one card to report
Carry cash in an unusual place instead of your purse or wallet
Pay attention to your surroundings, people and vehicles in the area
Do not approach situations that do not feel safe
Carry your purse close to your body and your wallet in your front pocket
Do not be distracted by talking on a cell phone or wearing headphones
Ask security to escort you if you feel uneasy
Have your keys in your hand and alarm panic button ready to activate
Look into the vehicle and check for intruders before entering
Make it a habit to always start your vehicle and drive away immediately
If someone in a vehicle asks for directions ignore them or answer from a distance and keep walking – do not approach the vehicle
If approached by a subject with a weapon remember your life is worth more than the car and valuables
Call the police immediately to report the crime and provide detailed information. Your actions can help prevent someone else from becoming a victim.