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Stockton Police Release Holiday Safety Reminders

Stockton is much maligned as a city with a very high crime rate. Whether or not they admit it, the Stockton Police Department wants the city residents to be vigilant anyways. Just in time for the holiday season, Stockton Police Department chief of police Eric Jones has released holiday safety reminders and distributed these pamphlets in different businesses around the city.

The colorful document starts with the following quote: "The Stockton Police Department wants you to be safe during the holidays. Please take measures to protect yourself and your property while you are out and about.

STOP-LOOK-PROTECT

The pamphlet has 3 major sections on it. An initial reminder, a parking area checklist, and a list of safety tips when shopping. The initial reminder suggests a 3-item checklist for personal safety:

STOP before leaving your home or car.

LOOK to see what you are carrying or what is in plain sight that may attract a criminal's attention. (If you can see it, they can too).

PROTECT yourself and your belongings by removing valuables from a criminal's view.

Stockton Police Department holiday safety reminder
Stockton Police Department holiday safety reminder

Parking Area Survey Checklist

The second section of the pamphlet is a safety checklist to identify possible criminal activity that your car may attract in a parking lot.

It describes an easy criminal target as follows:
  • Valuables in plain view inside the car
  • Windows or sunroof open
  • Unlocked doors
  • Keys left in the vehicle
  • Garage door opener left inside the vehicle
  • items with personal information left inside the vehicle

Parking area safety checklist
Parking area safety checklist

Safety Tips While Shopping

Here are the shopping safety tips from the Stockton Police Department:
  • Shop during daylight hours whenever possible. If you must shop at night, go with a friend or family member.
  • Park in a well lit area, lock the car, and close the windows.
  • Size up the area before getting out of the car and see if it is safe.
  • Do not leave packages or personal items in open view in the car. 
  • Stay alert and be aware of what is going on around you.
  • Put your wallet in an inside coat or front pants pocket. Do not carry a purse or satchel when possible.
  • Whenever possible, use inside ATM's. Avoid using ATM's late at night.
  • Avoid carrying large amounts of cash. When you can, pay with ATM card, debit card, credit card, check, or other electronic methods.
  • Do not overburden yourself with packages. It is important to have clear visibility and freedom of movement to avoid mishaps.
  • Have your keys in your hand and ready before arriving in your car at the parking lot.
  • Before getting into your car, always check to make sure that there is no one hiding inside or under it.
  • Do not go back into the store and continue shopping after you lock items inside your trunk. Thieves could be watching you and waiting for the opportunity to break into your loaded trunk.

The Stockton Police Department also urges all citizens to do their part and report all crimes or suspicious activities by calling 911 on emergencies or (209) 937 8377 for non-emergencies.


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