Holiday shopping safety

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Holiday shopping safetyThe changing of the seasons is upon us! I always love this time of year, as it ushers in the holidays which draw community, family and friends together. Whether you celebrate Halloween, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah or Christmas, this time of year is one of enjoyment and festivity. It is also one which historically brings an increase to shopping, roadways and travel. Along those lines, I want to share with you some important safety tips to ensure this time of year remains crime free:

• When shopping at your favorite stores, remember to never leave any bags or merchandise visible in your vehicle. Preferably, store your items in the trunk where no coveting eyes may see them.

• Always remember to lock your vehicle doors and watch for suspicious persons in the parking lots. See something; say something!

• If you happen to make any big larger purchases – especially of an electronic nature – take time to break down the boxes and don’t leave them out by the trash where curious eyes may see “what” you just placed in your home.


Practicing safety precautions such as these will help protect your investments and make you and your family less of a target. A few helpful guides from the sheriff’s office are posted here for your reference.

If you have no immediate plans for the holidays, I would like to take time to invite you to some local community events BSO will be attending:

• On October 30th, join the City of West Park at the Halloween Spooktacular event at the McTyre Park. If you do, make sure you stop by the decorated BSO vehicle for some treats!

• On October 31st, feel free to stop by the Fresh Church and / or the Central Missionary Baptist Church for some fun “trunk or treat” opportunities. Visit the BSO cars and meet some of your local deputies and detectives!

• On November 26th, stop by Mary Saunders Park where the City of West Park will be hosting its annual Mary Kendrick Thanksgiving Feast. You’ll see my team serving alongside West Park to ensure everyone has a great meal and time!

These are only a few of the events coming up, and we hope to see you. The season upon us is one to share with community and to reflect on the many blessings we all have in life. I am grateful for the opportunity to experience this time with each of you.


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