The Lewiston Police Department is experiencing a high volume of calls regarding vehicle burglaries that involve smashed windows.
“It’s unusual to have this many burglaries where the windows are broken and things are taken, that’s why we recommend not leaving valuables in the car or in plain sight,” Lewiston Police department Lieutenant Jeff Klone said.
That’s why these tips are important to remember all-year-round, but it’s especially important as we approach Black Friday and people start to do more holiday shopping.
To avoid vehicle thefts and other shopping safety concerns, it's important to follow these tips:
- Park your vehicle in a well-lit area and make sure it is locked.
- Look around and under your vehicle before approaching it.
- Store your purchases out of plain sight, in a locked trunk if possible.
- Keep track of your credit cards and keep your purse/bag/wallet close to your body. Don’t leave these things in a shopping cart, as someone can easily walk up and grab what’s there.
- When shopping on the internet, stick to retailers you know and preferably those you’ve shopped with before, and refrain from using public Wi-Fi to make purchases, or use a VPN to avoid hackers intercepting your information.
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