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December 24, 2008 > Milpitas Police help Santa

Milpitas Police help Santa

Saturday afternoon was a busy day at McCarthy Ranch Shopping Center in Milpitas. Shoppers were giving Santa an assist as they chose the perfect gift for family and friends to be found under the tree on Christmas morning. Milpitas Police officers and volunteers were on hand to warn everyone to make sure items such as laptop computers and GPS equipment was stowed out of sight since thieves were also busy looking for easy targets. Warnings were left on parked automobiles with visible items that might tempt break-ins.

Under the supervision of Sergeant Daryl Sequeira, officers were accompanied by McGruff, the crime fighting dog, to call attention to their efforts as traffic streamed into the shopping complex. On one shift, Officer Gene Smith chatted amiably with drivers as he handed out flyers with shopping safety tips. At least 700 flyers were passed out in this proactive effort to "take a bite out of crime" and make this Christmas a bit happier for everyone.

Safety Tips for the holiday season and all year long include:

Park your vehicle in well lit areas.

Make sure all of your vehicle windows and doors are secure.

Prior to arriving at a shopping center, lock all valuables and packages in the trunk.

If your vehicle has an alarm, make sure it is activated.

Shop with a friend, there is safety in numbers.

Do not carry large amounts of cash. Instead, pay for purchases with check, credit or debit cards.

Do not leave your purse or other valuables unattended for any amount of time, especially in shopping carts.

If you return to your vehicle to drop off packages and intend to continue shopping, re-park your vehicle in a different location and secure packages in the trunk.

For additional information, contact the Milpitas Police Department, Community Relations Unit at (408) 586-2525.

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