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Keeping Your Holiday Gifts Safe from Prowlers

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Approaching the season of giving, many have already hit the malls for early holiday shopping.


In these weeks counting down to the holidays, it is important to remember to lock your vehicle and keep packages out of sight so they make it under the tree- and not into the hands of thieves.

"Around the holidays, especially around Black Friday and those days between Thanksgiving and Christmas, there's a lot of times where people are noticing individuals walking through parking lots looking into vehicles to see if those vehicles are unlocked- and if there's also valuables in there that they might want to enter the vehicle to take," says Fargo Police Department Crime Prevention Officer Jessica Schindeldecker.

Schindeldecker says locking your car is one step to protect those hand-picked gifts and also the vehicle itself.

"If you lock your vehicle, that's one step to deter that person from getting into your vehicle. If your vehicle is locked, they're going to have to break a window, which is going to draw attention to them, especially during those daytime hours when there's a lot more people out," says Schindeldecker.

Of course, keeping those gifts out of the vehicle or out of sight is the best way to keep temptation at bay.

"If you are going to leave valuables in your vehicle, make sure they're underneath the seat or they're underneath a blanket or a coat or somewhere where they're hidden or lock them in the trunk, which will make them even harder to get into," says Schindeldecker.

She says that thieves know this is the time of year to find brand new, valuable items in cars. Not locking your car can make it easier for prowlers to grab your gifts- and harder to prove that it happened when filing a police report.

"Those crimes are the hardest to prove because they're crimes of opportunity, they happen quickly, and often times there are no suspects or witnesses," she says.

 

 

 

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