CPD Encouraging ‘Safe Shopping’ for the Holidays: ‘Put Your Junk in Your Trunk’ to Protect Personal Property

As tons of people are preparing for the busiest shopping day and shopping seasons of the year, so are busy shoplifters. The Cincinnati Police is doing its best to keep residents and visitors safe from crime during this holiday season reminding everyone to “Put Your Junk in Your Trunk!” Citizens should get in the habit of securing vehicles by leaving items at home or putting them away in trunks before reaching their destination.

There’s safety in numbers, so shop with friends and look around when putting bags in the trunk. Be aware and if anyone feels uncomfortable have security or a manager walk you to your car.

Officers are asking citizens to follow the helpful tips below to have a safe and enjoyable shopping experience this holiday season throughout the City.

  • ALWAYS park as close as possible in well-lit areas at a meter, parking lot or garage.
  • ALWAYS enter and exit your vehicle with caution, especially at night.
  • NEVER leave anything visible inside your vehicle. Secure personal property in your trunk or take it with you BEFORE you arrive at your destination.
  • ALWAYS roll up your car windows and lock your doors. If you have to wait for a ride, wait in a busy, well-lit place.
  • ALWAYS have your keys in hand when approaching your vehicle to avoid searching for them with packages. Carry only charge cards you will need. Don’t flash or carry large amounts of cash.
  • ALWAYS carry a small purse that can be worn close to the body with the purse flap against you. A shoulder strap worn across the shoulder and chest works well. Men should carry their wallets in front or inside pockets.
  • BE AWARE of your surroundings and the people around you. Don’t allow your attention to become distracted from your purse or packages by talking on the phone.
  • TEACH CHILDREN to approach a police officer, store clerk or security guard and ask for help if they become separated in a store or mall.
  • SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING Don’t hesitate to notify the police or store security if you see suspicious activity.
  • ALWAYS call 911 for Police assistance.

Tiffaney Hardy Media Contact City of Cincinnati Police


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