While the holidays are a time of rejoicing, in most cases, South Brunswick Police are urging residents to be mindful of the possibilites that exist for criminals to play the role of holiday Grinch.
Police advise residents to try to do holiday shopping with a friend, as criminals prefer victims who are alone. People should also try to park near a store's entrance and walk in well lit areas when parking in larger mall parking lots.
Police also advise the following:
- Carry as little cash as possible. Please use credit cards or checks when possible, and store your wallet in an inner pocket of your clothing/jacket (not in your back pocket).
- Don’t let thieves use your car windows as shopping windows! Do not place valuables where they are visible in your vehicle – use the trunk for new purchases. Also, use caution when walking back to your vehicle by keeping your keys in your hand and staying alert to your surroundings.
- Check the security of your home. Do not place valuables where they will be visible from your doors or windows. In addition, look into installing sturdy deadbolts on all exterior doors. Make sure you increase occupancy indicators (e.g., increase exterior and/or interior lights, leave your radio or TV on, etc.).