Inattentive moment can change it all
his is a busy time of year for those immersed in Christmas shopping. It’s also a busy time for opportunists who, if they spot an opening, would be only too happy to relieve shoppers of their brand-new purchases.
A few minutes of carelessness and a couple of brazen thieves could undo a lot of hard work for the buyer and cost them a pile of money.
Police issue the usual reminders at this time of year about being sure to lock vehicles when out on excursions - better yet, lock valuable items out of sight in the trunk. Visible temptation can be a big motivator. A spur of the moment smash-and-grab is not entirely unheard of in a downtown or in a mall parking lot.
But law officers this year are also suggesting people use some strategy when making the rounds.
Never underestimate the lengths prospective thieves might go through in attempts to get their hands on high-priced items. Halifax Regional Police, for example, said crooks sometimes stake out intended victims, following the shoppers’ moves after leaving highend stores with expensive items.
What can sometimes happen is, if the shopper stows the items in a vehicle, then visits another store afterward, the thief has a pretty good idea about the quality of goods in that vehicle.
Police suggest in such instances of buying expensive items to take them home immediately. People should plan their trip to leave those particular stores last on the agenda.
Additionally, people should be sure to take goods into the house upon arrival at home rather than take any chances by leaving them in the vehicle.
The usual precautions are in order too even after items are safely in the home. Police often suggest that packaging put out for recycling can be a good clue to break-in artists. Cardboard boxes from televisions, computers and entertainment systems, if discarded, should be done in such a way that they don’t provide information to someone making the rounds about the brand new goods in the household.