MCSO Wishes 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Marnie Schubert, Director of Communications, Marketing & Recreation