Holiday Safety

If you would like a free lecture on Holiday Safety and Safe Shopping Tips or any additional information please contact the Community Relations Unit at 757-727-6574.

  • After dark, shop with a friend if possible.
  • Bring only cash and credit cards you will need while shopping.
  • Always try to park in a well-lit area.
  • Keep the doors and windows locked, while driving or when parked.
  • Avoid overloading yourself with packages.
  • Make sure your visibility is clear and you have freedom of motion to help discourage purse snatchers.
  • Keep packages locked in the car trunk, even if this means making several trips to the car. Leave nothing of value visible.
  • Be alert! Your purse or wallet may be a target for crime in crowded shopping areas, bus stops, and on buses.
  • If someone demands your purse or wallet, surrender it immediately - it is not worth your life. If your wallet is stolen, report it to the police: 757-727-6111 or Emergency 911.
  • Keep a record of your credit card numbers so you will have your numbers available when reporting the crime.
  • Have your keys in hand when walking to your car or home.
  • Be aware of your surroundings and anyone approaching your vehicle.
  • Never resist if a robber or carjacker threatens you.