This Friday marks the start of the biggest shopping season of the year as hundreds of island residents will be hitting the stores in hopes of scoring a good deal but as you do police say that it’s important to keep yourself and belongings safe.
While sales are about to get a boost thanks to the holiday shopping season, police say this is also the time of the year when they see an uptick in crime.
This holiday season GPD reminds the community to plan your route, keep aware of your surroundings and always let a family member know where you are heading so that you don’t become an easy target for criminals.
While it may be nice to show off your new purchases on social media, police say you may want to keep a low profile and refrain from advertising your purchases online.
And of course, if you are taking a trip off-island for the holidays, GPD’s spokesman, Sgt. Paul Tapao, says making memories is a must but keeping pictures of your travel adventure out of the limelight should be considered.
“One thing that a lot of people like to do on the holidays is travel and when you put it out there that you’re off-island and nobody is home, you have to be careful when you do that,” Tapao said.
And let’s not forget that when it comes time to getting rid of the packaging, you may want to think twice about boxes from large ticket items being out on display in your front yard.
Tapao says instead of throwing boxes for big-ticket items in the garbage dispose of them discreetly by breaking down the boxes before getting rid of them.
Police say keeping these safety and security tips in mind will reduce your chances of becoming a target of crime.