Posted: Dec 10, 2012 11:28 AM
The St. Landry Sheriff's Office reminds the community to be safe this holiday season. Sheriff Bobby J. Guidroz said, "The holiday season is a time when lives become hectic, we become complacent and as a result are vulnerable to crime. Consider shopping with a friend or family member so you're not alone and you can watch over each other."
Here are a few more helpful tips:
Whenever you leave your home, make sure your doors and windows are secure, alarm systems are on and packages out of view to deter a potential burglar.
Holiday shoppers make perfect targets for vehicle break-ins. Caution is advised when choosing to leave valuables or shopping bags in your vehicle. All electronic devices such as GPS systems and other musical devices are tempting for criminals looking to break-in to your vehicle. Plan ahead and leave them at home and if you absolutely must leave any valuables in your car, place them in the trunk and always lock the doors.
When possible, shop during daylight hours and park in well-lit, highly trafficked areas of a parking lot. While shopping, stay alert to your surroundings and don't leave your purse unattended. Consider carrying a small wallet and keeping it in your front pocket and avoid carrying a large amount of cash.
"On behalf of all of us here at the St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Office, we wish everyone a very Merry Christmas," added Sheriff Guidroz.