News Story


Holiday Shopping Safety
12/21/2011 11:57:00 AM


Nature of Incident:

Holiday Shopping Safety



City of Moorpark

Date & Time:

Monday, December 20, 2011  @  9:45 AM

Unit Responsible:

Moorpark Police Crime Prevention Unit


The busiest shopping days of the year are upon us.  Malls, other retailers, and grocery stores will be more crowded than usual with busy shoppers. Whether you are about to celebrate a holiday in the coming weeks or not, keep the following in mind when going out to shop (and the rest of the year, too):


  1. Keep careful track of your bags and other packages. If you leave something behind, it could get stolen or discarded.


  1. Tell a security guard or store employee if you see an unattended bag or package. The same applies when taking mass transit: report any unattended packages to security or staff.


  1. Be sure not to buy more than you can carry. If your packages are making it hard for you to walk upright or see, ask a store employee to help you carry them to your car.


  1. Check receipts to see whether your full credit card number appears. If a receipt has your full number on it, take a pen and thoroughly scratch it out.


  1. Double check that you have your credit cards and check book after you pay for your items.


  1. Remember that the bad guys may be watching you store your packages in your car and then go to another store. That's when they break into your car and steal what you just stowed away so you could continue to shop.


If you go shopping with children over the next several weeks, keep the following advice in mind for everyone's safety:


  1. Ensure that any children with you know your cell phone number. Give cards with contact information to any who don't.


  1. Make a plan with children in case you get separated. Have a central meeting place, and review with your children who they can turn to for help if they find themselves alone.


  1. Go over the dangers of strangers with them so that they know who not to talk to or follow.



By following this advice, you can reduce the stress of shopping during the particularly busy season. As always, keep your personal safety in mind and be on the lookout for fraud and identity theft.


Deputy Preparing Media Release:

Bob Berger

Media Release Date:

Monday, December 12, 2011 

Follow-Up Contact:

Senior Deputy Bob Berger   805-532-2707

Approved by:

Captain Ron Nelson