Beaumont Police's tip of the week encourages safe holiday shopping

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Beaumont Police posted a Tip of the Week on Facebook Nov. 28 about holiday shopping. BPD recommends that shoppers follow these steps to protect themselves and prevent crime during the holiday season.

"Nothing can ruin a holiday spirit faster than becoming the victim of a crime," the post said. "Unfortunately, criminals view the season a little differently. The Beaumont Police Department would like to offer some safety tips to help you stay safe for the holidays."

1.) Have a plan before you head out to shop. If possible, shop during the day. However, if you shop at night, park in well lit areas and ask for escorts.

2.) Lock, Take and Hide. Don't leave packages, shopping bags or valuables in plain view and place items in the trunk. Always lock your doors. Be aware of your surroundings and don't overload yourself with packages.

3.) If possible, secure your purse with the child seatbelt. Keep purses zipped and snapped shut and avoid turning your back on your cart to look at items while your purse is still in there.

4.) Avoid carrying large amounts of cash. If you do shop with cash, do not flash it at the checkout counter.

5.) Shopping with kids? Teach them to go to a store clerk or security guard if you get separated.

The post ended with, "As always, if you are concerned with someone's suspicious behavior, report it. There is no greater crime prevention tool than the 118,000 pairs of eyes and ears of the residents in our great community."

Beaumont Police's non-emergency number is (409) 832-1234.