Message from LAPD SLO Jim Lavenson

DECEMBER 24, 2017

Holiday Safety Tips

The following Holiday Safety Tips were compiled, in cooperation with the LAPD Crime Prevention Section, to contribute to the safety and security of people during the holiday season. The holiday season is always a special time of year. It is also a time when busy people become careless and vulnerable to theft and other holiday crime. We can never be too careful, too prepared or too aware. Please share this information with family, friends and neighbors. The Los Angeles Police Department wishes you a safe, happy and peaceful holiday season.


Things to consider while out and about shopping this holiday season:

·      Avoid driving alone or at night.

·      Keep all car doors locked and windows closed while in or out of your car. Set your alarm or use an anti-theft device.

·      If you must shop at night, park in a well-lighted area.

·      Avoid parking next to vans, trucks with camper shells, or cars with tinted windows.

·      Park as close as you can to your destination and take notice of where you parked.

·      Never leave your car unoccupied with the motor running or with children inside.

·      Do not leave packages or valuables on the seat of your car. This creates a temptation for thieves. If you must leave something in the car, lock it in the trunk or put it out of sight.

·      Be sure to locate your keys prior to going to your car.

·      Keep a secure hold on your purse, handbag and parcels. Do not put them down or on top of the car in order to open the door.

·      When approaching or leaving your vehicle, be aware of your surroundings.

·      Do not approach your car alone if there are suspicious people in the area.

·      Ask mall or store security for an escort before leaving your shopping location.

·      Notify the credit card issuer immediately if your credit card is lost, stolen or misused.

·      Keep a record of all of your credit card numbers in a safe place at home.

·      Be extra careful if you do carry a wallet or purse. They are the prime targets of criminals in crowded shopping areas, transportation terminals, bus stops, on buses and other rapid transit.

·      Avoid overloading yourself with packages. It is important to have clear visibility and freedom of motion to avoid mishaps.

·      Beware of strangers approaching you for any reason. At this time of year, "con-artists" may try various methods of distracting you with the intention of taking your money or belongings.




A note from…


Senior Lead Officer for Basic Car 8A53, WLASN

Los Angeles Police Department

West Los Angeles Division

(310) 444-0742