LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) discussed shopping safety during the upcoming holiday season.
LVMPD’s Annual Holiday Initiative Captain Jeff Coday met with the media Monday afternoon to discuss plans to address what shoppers can do to staff safe.
This briefing took place Monday, Nov. 22 at 3 p.m. in the Meadows Mall northeast parking lot located at 4300 Meadows Lane in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The initiative begins this week and the goal is to prevent and reduce crime through increased police presence, targeted enforcement in high traffic shopping areas. It will run through the holiday season.
“The Friday following Thanksgiving is known for being the busiest shopping day in the year,” Captain Coday said.
Regarding those who would take advantage of this by committing crimes such as:
- Auto burglaries
In addition to an increased marked vehicle presence in high-traffic areas, there will be Plainclothes officers out looking for people engaged in criminal activities.
“Although we will have additional officers in these areas, there are things shoppers can do to help decrease their chances of becoming a victim,” Captain Coday added.
Tips to shop safer include:
- Shop with a plan, prioritize your list, and don’t store high-value purchases in your car
- Consider leaving small children at home so they don’t get lost in the crowds. Have a pre-determined place to meet if you do bring them, and get separated. Ensure children have your mobile phone number so they can contact you.
- Only bring with you the credit cards you intend to use. Check for notifications if your card is stolen, account compromised so you can freeze your account to prevent further unauthorized transactions.
- Don’t let others see your pin number when making a purchase, or how much cash you are carrying with you
- Don’t leave purses, phones or other small electronics in your vehicle. Criminals may be waiting in parking lots for you to go back in the store and break your vehicle window to steal those items
- Shop with a friend and be aware of your surroundings.
LVMPD wishes the community a happy holiday season.