Thursday, November 23, 2006

MPD Launches Operation Jingle Bells

Posted on Thu, Nov 23, 2006 at 4:00 AM

Just in time for Black Friday — the biggest shopping day of the year during which everybody gets up at 4 a.m. to cram themselves in their local big-box store to get a .99 cent DVD player — the Memphis Police Department has launched "Operation: Jingle Bells." To protect area shoppers from the inevitable increased criminal activity, officers will be patrolling retail centers and malls.

In addition, the MPD offers the following tips:

Leave purses at home or place them in the trunk of your vehicle before you leave

Be aware of your surroundings while walking to and from your vehicle

Avoid shopping alone

Park your vehicle in well lit areas

Do not count money while standing at an ATM machine or show lots of cash in the check-out line

Remove cell phones, lap top computers, briefcases and other items inside your vehicle

Secure packages in the trunk or other part of the vehicle where they cannot be seen

If a robber wants your wallet or purse, hand it over to prevent possible injury

Should you be involved in minor vehicle crash, do not exit the vehicle until a Deputy arrives to prevent a “bump and rob” scheme

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