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Police Urge Caution As Holidays Loom
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With Thanksgiving now done and Black Friday in the books, the holiday shopping season has officially kicked into high gear. The Escalon Police Department is offering some holiday home and shopping tips, designed to keep your purchases - and you - safe from harm and would-be thieves.

• Shop during daylight hours whenever possible. If you must shop at night, go with a friend or family member.

• Park your vehicle in a well-lit area and ensure that the vehicle is locked.

• Avoid wearing expensive jewelry.

• Avoid carrying large amounts of cash.

• Pay for purchases with a check or credit card when possible.

• Even though you are rushed and thinking about a thousand things, stay alert to your surroundings.

• Avoid overloading yourself with packages. It is important to have clear visibility and freedom of motion to avoid mishaps.

• If you must leave items in your car, stow all purchases in the trunk and out of sight. Do not leave any items out in the open that could possibly make for an easy target.

• Keep cash in your front pocket and avoid carrying a purse or wallet, if possible. Carry your credit card, cash and identification in your front pocket.

• Beware of strangers approaching you for any reason. Be aware of your surroundings.

• Be extra cautious about locking doors and windows when you leave the house, even for a few minutes.

• Large displays of holiday gifts should not be visible through the windows and doors of your home.

• Avoid parking next to vans, trucks with camper shells, or cars with tinted windows.

• Leave a radio or television on so the house looks and sounds occupied.