NAPLES — Holiday shopping safety tips
Holiday shoppers aren’t the only ones focusing on stores at this time of year. Collier County Sheriff’s Office deputies are as well, with an eye toward preventing crime.
Deputies will be in and around Collier shopping districts throughout the holiday season. They’ll be patrolling on foot, in cars and on horseback. They’ll also be using the agency’s Skywatch Sentinel to keep watch over various shopping center parking lots.
Deputies already have been out reminding store managers to adjust parking lot lighting if they’re planning to offer extended hours of nighttime shopping.
The Sheriff’s Office is also reminding the community to follow these holiday shopping tips:
■ Shop during daylight hours when possible. If shopping at night, take a friend or family member and park in a well-lit area.
■ Avoid wearing expensive jewelry.
■ Do not carry a purse or wallet, if possible. They are prime targets in crowded areas. Keep cash in your front pocket.
■ Avoid carrying large amounts of money.
■ Be alert to your surroundings.
■ Locate your keys and have them in your hand before you arrive at your car.