News Releases

Print
Press Enter to show all options, press Tab go to next option

MCSO Wishes Residents a Safe and Crime-Free Holiday

Post Date:12/12/2018 6:00 am

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.
  • I'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, please call 9-1-1.

MCSO District 6 – Queen Creek is located 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.  

Media Contact:

Marnie Schubert, Director of Communications, Marketing & Recreation

480-358-3196

Marnie.Schubert@QueenCreek.org.  

 

Return to full list >>