Winchester Police want safety to be the number one priority as shoppers head out later this week. The police department will have extra patrols in place Thanksgiving night and Black Friday. Shoppers are reminded to immediately report any suspicious activity or persons to the police department by calling the non-emergency number at 540-662-4131.
As you make your shopping list, make sure you’re checking it twice and include the following safety tips:
- Park in well-lit areas of store parking lots.
- Be aware of your surroundings.
- Lock your car doors.
- Have your keys in hand when approaching your vehicle. Check the back seat and around the car before getting in.
- Shop with a friend or group.
- Place shopping bags in your trunk and do not leave packages visible in your car
- Leave your purse at home to avoid purse snatchers and pickpockets. Carry your ID and credit cards in a front pocket. If giving up a purse is out of the question, choose one with a long strap that can be worn over your head and covered with a jacket for safety. Do not leave your purse in your car.
- Be extra cautious when driving through parking lots and be aware of people who are walking to and from stores.
We wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season!