MCSO wishes Queen Creek residents a safe and crime-free holiday

Whether it’s visiting family, attending parties or hitting up sales, many are out and about during the holiday season.

The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office – District 6 Queen Creek wants this to be the happiest time of the year for Queen Creek residents and recommend the following crime prevention tips:

Shopping

  • Stay alert and be aware of what’s going on around you.
  • Park in a well-lighted space, and be sure to lock the car, close the windows, and hide shopping bags and gifts in the trunk.
  • Avoid carrying large amounts of cash; pay with a check or credit card whenever possible.
  • Deter pickpockets and purse-snatchers. Don’t overburden yourself with packages. Be extra careful with purses and wallets. Carry a purse close to your body, not dangling by the straps. Put a wallet in an inside coat or front pants pocket.
  • Shopping with kids? Teach them to go to a store clerk or security guard if you get separated.

Traveling

  • Get an automatic timer for your lights.
  • Ask a neighbor to watch your home and park in the driveway from time to time.
  • Register for MCSO vacation watch.
  • Don’t forget to have mail and newspaper delivery stopped. If it piles up, it’s a sure sign you’re gone.

General safety

  • Be extra cautious about locking doors and windows when you leave, even if it’s just for a few minutes.
  • Don’t display gifts where they can be seen from outside.
  • Lock your car and never leave valuables.
  • Criminals sometimes pose as couriers delivering gifts, so be cautious when accepting a package.
  • It’s not uncommon for people to try to take advantage of others’ generosity during the holidays by going door-to-door for charitable donations when there’s no charity involved. Ask for identification and find out how the funds will be used. If you aren’t satisfied, don’t give. Help a charitable organization you know and like instead.
  • Avoid becoming an easy target for post-holiday burglars by not leaving boxes for new electronics and other items in the alley or other garbage pick-up locations for several days at a time
  • The holidays are a good time to update—or create—your home inventory. Take photos or make videos of items and list descriptions and serial numbers. If your home is burglarized, having a detailed inventory can help identify stolen items and make insurance claims easier to file.
  • To report suspicious behavior, call MCSO’s non-emergency number at 602-876-1011. In an emergency, call 9-1-1.

MCSO District 6 – Queen Creek is at 20727 E. Civic Parkway. For additional information about MCSO, visit QueenCreek.org/MCSO. To stay updated on news and events, visit QueenCreek.org, follow the Town on Facebook.com/QueenCreek and Twitter.com/TOQC_official.

The Queen Creek Independent publishes a daily newsletter and website. A print edition is mailed each month to 24,000 homes.

You are encouraged to leave relevant comments but engaging in personal attacks, threats, online bullying or commercial spam will not be allowed. All comments should remain within the bounds of fair play and civility. (You can disagree with others courteously, without being disagreeable.) Feel free to express yourself but keep an open mind toward finding value in what others say. To report abuse or spam, click the X in the upper right corner of the comment box.

Facebook Comment