Gulfport P.D. offers tips on staying safe during the holidays

We are quickly approaching the most wonderful time of the year, but with the holidays comes a yearly spike in crime. Gulfport Police has tips on how to keep you and your loved ones safe.

Holiday cheer is once again in the air. That means its the season of Christmas trees, family gatherings, holiday shopping and an increase in criminal activity.

“Honestly, it’s a lot more the crime of opportunity. We need to make sure we’re keeping things out of view in our cars, parking in safe well lit areas and just being aware of your surroundings. The biggest thing in our day in age is being involved in our cell phones and maybe missing some of what is going on around you,” says Gulfport Police Department Patrol Officer Hanna Hendry.

With Black Friday shopping just days away, Officer Hendry is expecting a large turnout this year. She advises shoppers to be extra cautious when venturing out, especially if it’s dark outside.

“Looking for well lit areas with more foot traffic is always a good idea. Of course keeping your kids close is never a bad idea. Go with them into the bathrooms and into different stores. There’s going to be a lot more people out and about and a lot more traffic on the roadway so keeping your things on your person and your family close is good,” says Officer Hendry.

During the holidays Gulfport police is even more visible throughout the city, making themselves extremely accessible to anyone in need.
Officer Hendry is also reminding residents to be on the lookout for a Grinch trying to steal your packages.

“When it comes to packages you can have someone accessible to your home. That might be a neighbor or a have a family member that can bring that package inside. Just don’t leave it out in the open for someone to walk up and take it away,” says Officer Hendry.

Whether you’re at home with loved ones or out shopping, Officer Hendry stresses the importance of always locking your car door.

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