DO be aware of your surroundings at all times. Criminals often target people who are distracted or preoccupied.
DO minimize shopping at night or alone.
DO avoid wearing expensive jewelry.
DO avoid carrying large amounts of cash. When possible keep cash in your front pocket or an inside pocket.
DON'T keep a wallet, credit cards or cash in a backpack. Carry a wallet in your front pants pocket or coat breast pocket. The rear pants pocket is the easiest to pick.
DO carry your purse close to your body, and in front where you can see it. Place one end in the palm of your hand and the other in the bend of the elbow. Cover the clasp or flap with your hand or forearm.
DON'T overload yourself with packages. Maintain clear visibility and freedom of motion.
DO beware of strangers approaching you for any reason. "Con-artists" may try various methods of distracting you with the intention of taking your money or belongings.
DON'T leave your handbag over the back of a chair, on the floor, or unattended (e.g. in restaurants, when paying for items, etc.).
DON'T leave belongings unattended (e.g. in shopping carts, on the floor, etc.).
DON'T resist if someone tries to take any of your belongings.
DON'T chase someone who robs you, they may have a weapon. Instead call 911.
Your Shenandoah Police Department wishes you all a merry Christmas and reminds you to