LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Police want to make sure your holidays start and end on a happy and safe note.

The department’s new “Holiday Safety Initiative” outlines ways to prevent and reduce crime.

Metro Police Captain Nicholas Farese offered some tips Tuesday afternoon on how to avoid becoming a crime victim over the holiday season.

  1. Know your surroundings
  2. If you see something suspicious, report it
  3. Lock, hide & take items from your vehicle
  4. Don’t leave items visible from outside. Never use your vehicle to store guns
  5. Try your best to shop online and take advantage of curbside pick-up, if offered
  6. Don’t advertise your trash at your residence — break down your boxes
  7. Use your friends/family/neighbors if you know you’re not going to be home and they can keep your packages

The holidays can be a prime time for thieves to make their move because they know people are getting more package deliveries.

Uniformed officers and plain clothes officers will be in areas that are high value targets for criminals, and areas where most shoppers tend to go.

“Just because you see an increased police officer presence, know that doesn’t necessarily mean that there is a crime happening,” said Farese. “We are there to keep you and the patrons and the community safe. Also understand, and especially for criminals, if you are watching this, just because you don’t see a police officer in uniform does not mean that we do not have a police officer presence.”

“Just because you see an increased police officer presence, know that doesn’t necessarily mean that there is a crime happening. We are there to keep you and the patrons and the community safe,” said LVMPD Captain Farese. “Also understand, and especially for criminals… just because you don’t see a police officer in uniform does not mean that we do not have a police officer presence.”

LVMPD says that since they launched this initiative on Saturday, they’ve made significant arrests of criminals in the northwest valley that were targeting stores and people with packages.