Crime Stoppers

of Moore and Cleveland County

The holiday season is a happy time of year where families come together to celebrate Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the New Year.  We celebrate by decorating our houses and places of business, sharing a bountiful feast with family and friends, exchanging gifts with loved ones, and welcoming the New Year, hoping for an even more prosperous year to come.  With all the activities, celebrations, and festivities it’s easy to become distracted and preoccupied during this time of year.  There are always going to be people that prey and take advantage of us during this time of year.  We want to help you BE AWARE and STAY SAFE.

There are many simple steps you can take to limit the possibility that you become a victim during this time.  While in your car and at your home remember to LOCK IT, HIDE IT, and KEEP IT. 

LOCK IT: Lock your vehicle every time you leave it unattended and always lock your valuables in your trunk.  Lock your doors and windows at you home and keep your garage door shut and locked even if you are at home.  It only takes a few seconds for someone to walk into an open garage or an open door and grab an arm full of expensive presents.  A large portion of reported thefts are from unlocked vehicles and houses with unlocked doors and windows or open garage doors.

HIDE IT: If you can’t lock your valuables in your trunk then hide them inside your vehicle.  Place valuables under the seat, in the glove box, or other compartments within your vehicle.  Never leave valuables in plain view.  Electronics, GPS and GPS docking stations, computers, tablets, and cell phones are targets for thieves, DO NOT leave them in plain view inside your vehicle.  Inside and outside your house place lights, TV’s or stereos on automatic timers, so if you are not at home it appears that someone is.  Don’t display gifts in an area that can be viewed from windows or open doors.  If you place your Christmas tree in an area that is in plain view of windows and open doors, DO NOT place presents under the tree.  Avoid leaving empty boxes of expensive products at the curb for trash pickup. 

KEEP IT: Personal responsibility is the best way to protect property and prevent you from becoming a victim.

When shopping avoid carrying large amounts of cash.  Secure your wallet or purse on your person and never lay it down on a counter or leave it in your shopping cart.  Park in well-lit areas and never park in remote locations.  When returning to your vehicle STAY ALERT, stop, listen, and look around for suspicious activity.  Have your keys ready before you get to your vehicle.  If something seems suspicious, STOP!  Return to the store or activate your panic button from your keypad.  Deterring crime starts with YOU, if you see something suspicious, say something, and call the police. 

Crime Prevention During the Holiday Season