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Vallejo PD Issues Holiday Safety Tips to Safeguard Against Property Crimes
Posted on 11/23/2021

The holiday season is one of the most exciting times of the year, but becoming the victim of a crime can quickly put a damper on the festivities. Thefts such as vehicle break-ins, residential burglaries, smash-and-grabs, and purse-snatches are generally elevated during this time of year. The Vallejo Police Department would like to provide you several tips to help protect your business and personal property this holiday season.

Personal, Home, & Vehicle Safety 

  • Stay alert - Be aware of your surroundings, walk confidently when out and about, keep your items properly secured in your purse or bag and have your keys ready before entering your vehicle. 
  • Travel in pairs or groups - Avoid traveling alone and don’t be afraid to ask someone you trust to walk you to your vehicle or home if you don’t feel safe. 
  • Keep your home secured - Invest into an alarm system that notifies authorities in the event of a break-in. Keep your home well-lit when away and secure personal items inside with a safe or locked door.
  • Secure your vehicle - Park in a well-lit space, keep your vehicle secured – close all windows, lock all doors, do not leave any valuables in plain sight, and hide shopping bags and gifts in the trunk. Hide it, lock it, and take it. 

Business Safety 

  •  Enhance Business Exterior - Ensure that your business is well lit and that all landscaping, light fixtures, windows and perimeters are in good condition and free from debris.  
  • Establish a strong security presence - Purchase or upgrade your camera surveillance system and partner with your local authorities to report suspicious activity or share footage.
  • Reinforce doors and locks - Invest into steel doors and bolt locks if possible, and frequently check to ensure all doors are locked and secure when not in use.

Jewelry/Department Store Theft Prevention
Jewelry, retail and department store thieves often work in tandem to overwhelm or distract associates. These orchestrated criminals have often already cased the location multiple times to develop their plan.

Prevent occurrences of smash and grabs, distraction theft, sneak theft, switch theft, and internal theft by:

  • Greeting each customer when they walk in 
  • Offer to assist the customer one-on-one 
  • Keep jewelry showcases locked and show the customer one item at a time 
  • Hire and train trustworthy employees 
  • Identify casing behaviors (large groups entering the store during slow hours, multiple people talking, texting and signaling, lack of eye contact, unusual questions about security systems, point of service, etc.) 

In the event of any suspicious activity or a robbery in progress, stay calm, do not alert thieves to your attempt to contact authorities, and dial 911 when safe to do so. 

For more safety tips and information, click the links below

 For media inquiries, please contact Public Information Officer, Brittany K. Jackson by email at [email protected] or by phone at (707) 651-7147.