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ARTICLES - NOVEMBER 2007

  

The Day After Thanksgiving: Busy Shopping Day; Busy Streets

The day after Thanksgiving is believed to be one of the biggest shopping days of the year!
It is the day when millions of shoppers flock to area malls and retail centers to begin their holiday shopping.

Holiday Shoppers Beware
Caution is the key to safe holiday shopping. When dashing out for holiday purchases, stay alert to your surroundings and follow these safety tips.

  1. Avoid shopping alone. Use the buddy system whenever possible.
  2. Shop before dark or park in well-lighted areas.
  3. Use waist-pack carriers instead of purses.
  4. Make sure all doors and windows are locked in your vehicle and home.
  5. Do not keep packages in plain view in your vehicle or home.
  6. Do not count cash in open areas, especially after leaving an ATM machine.
  7. Keep your address and home phone number private. When stores request a phone number, give only your work number.
  8. After making a credit card purchase, request the carbon copy and destroy it in private.
  9. Have keys in hand before returning to the vehicle.
  10. As you approach the car, check to see if anyone is hiding underneath or inside.

Call 911 to report an emergency.

The day after Thanksgiving is also one of the busiest days of the year in terms of traffic.
Before you go, plan your route by using this helpful traffic guide. It was developed by the Arlington Police Department.

arrowClick here for Holiday Traffic Routes (pdf)

 

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