Local police urge residents to be safe this holiday season
During one of the busiest ties of the year, it's only natural to get distracted. But police departments throughout the area are encouraging residents to put more thought than ever into where they and what they're doing during the holidays.
The League City Police Department is one of many law enforcement agencies this year reminding people to lock their cars when they go shopping, put away their keys and keep valuable objects hidden.
"I've you've made large purchases, leave them at home," League City Police Officer Reagan Pena said.
And don't forget to secure your vehicle, said Chief Randall Aragon of the League City Police.
"When you have to leave your vehicle, make sure you lock it and roll your windows up," Aragon said.
Think about where you're parking, too. Line yourself up with buildings so you can remember where you parked. Chose well-lit spots within view of a store entrance, not around the corner.
The walk to and from a car is an especially critical time for exercising caution, Pena added.
"Stay alert when you're in the lots. Carry your purse close to your body. Have your keys ready. Don't be distracted."
Once you're in your car, it's not the time to make a call or rummage through purchases.
"Just start the car and go," Pena said.
If you bring children with you, go over safety rules with them. Talk to them about approaching security or calling 911 if they need help. Aragon urges residents to lock the doors and keep the garage doors secured.
"People tend to leave their garage doors open halfway," Chief Aragon said. "People crawl under and take your things. Unless you're in the yard, make sure the garage doors are down and in a secure position.
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