Why Thieves Love the Holiday Season

As the holiday season approaches, the Simi Valley Police Department would like to offer the following suggestions to help you from becoming a victim during the holidays. Don’t become a victim, Stay Alert and Stay Safe! 

• Carry only the cash and credit/debit cards that you will need. If your wallet is lost or stolen, you only lose that amount of cash and only need to make a few telephone calls to cancel your cards. 

• If carrying a wallet, put it in your front pocket and/or carry your purse in the front with your strap across your body. 

• While dining or shopping, do not leave your purse/backpack over the back of a chair or on a stroller. 

• Whenever you pick up valuable purchases lock your purchases in your trunk or hide them under a blanket on the rear floor. If you have more shopping to do, relocate your vehicle in the parking lot, thieves may be watching, and can break in once you leave your vehicle. 

• Always roll up all windows and lock your vehicle. Never leave the keys/fob in your vehicle and set the vehicle alarm. 

• Always park your vehicle and walk in a well-lit area. 

• Plan ahead, have you vehicle keys/fob in hand when approaching your vehicle. Your keys can be used as a defensive weapon. On the key fob push the alarm button, this will alert others in the area. 

• Do not be distracted by using your cell phone whether you are speaking or texting. Your cell phone itself is a tempting target. 

Trust your instincts, please contact Simi Valley Police Department at (805) 583-6950 if you see or hear suspicious activity. See Something Say Something. 

For additional crime prevention information such as Neighborhood Watch or Business Watch, please call the Simi Valley Police Department’s Crime Prevention Coordinator, Jean-Marie Maroshek

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