Natchitoches Police urge shoppers to practice safe shopping tips as holiday season approaches

The Natchitoches Police Department would like to share with our community a few shopping tips with holiday season approaching. During this special time of year we can all become careless and vulnerable to theft and other holiday crime. Below are a few tips on how to stay safe while shopping.

Avoid driving alone or at night.
If you must shop at night try to park in a well-lighted area.
Try to park as close as you can to your destination.
Never leave your vehicle unoccupied with the motor running or with children and pets inside.
Never leave packages or valuables in the seat of your vehicle. If you must leave any items in your vehicle try to lock them in the trunk or put them out of sight to prevent a potential burglary.
Be sure to locate your keys prior to going to your vehicle.
Do not approach your vehicle alone if there are suspicious people in the area.
Keep a secure hold on your purse, handbags or items. You can also use this technique to secure your purse or handbag to a shopping basket.
The Natchitoches Police Department wishes you a safe and happy holiday season.

If you would like to report suspicious activity or an emergency please contact the Natchitoches Police Department at (318) 352-8101. Remember all information given shall remain confidential.