Iowa Department of Public Safety
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Des Moines, Iowa 50319

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For immediate release: Alex Murphy
  Public Information Officer
Investigative Operations
Iowa Department of Public Safety
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
(515) 443-3014 - cell
(515) 725-6189 - office

Iowa Department of Public Safety Provides Holiday Shopping Safety Tips

The Thanksgiving Holiday is  a perfect time to be with family and loved ones. Many of us will use this time to do holiday shopping.  While this is a great way to spend time with friends and family, it is also presents opportunities for criminals and can make you vulnerable to crime.  The Iowa Department of Public Safety provides the following tips to keep holiday shoppers safe.

  • When making purchases, make sure items stored in your vehicle are out of sight and make sure your vehicle is locked.
  • Prevent potential thefts by keeping your purse close to your body and your wallet inside a coat or front pants pocket.
  • Do not leave personal items, such as a purse or other personal items, in a unattended shopping cart.
  • Always be aware of your surroundings and shop with a friend for family member if possible.
  • If you need to use an ATM, choose one that is located in a well-lighted area or inside a bank or business and immediately secure your cash. 
  • If shopping a night, park your vehicle in a well-lighted area and close to the store if possible.
  • When returning to your car, have your keys in hand so as to avoid the need to search for your keys at the side of your car.
  • Always report suspicious activity to law enforcement or security.  This includes unattended packages, back packs, or other items that are out of place.

“This is an enjoyable time of year but it can be quickly ruined by becoming the victim of a crime.” said Jim Saunders, Director of the Departments Division of Intelligence.  “Following a few common sense safety tips can help prevent you from becoming the victim of a crime and possibly prevent a tragedy.  Simply stated, if you see something that is suspicious, whether it be someone acting in a suspicious manner, or a suspicious package, contact law enforcement or security immediately.” He added. 

For addtional information please contact Jim Saunders at (515) 725-6305.



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