101 Pct Commander Urges Awareness
With the holiday season here, shoppers are being urged to be more proactive as they shop for gifts. Deputy Inspector Michael Lipetri, the commander of the 101 Precinct, has issued a warning for shoppers to “be more aware of their surroundings” during the next few weeks.
“Unfortunately, with the increase of people out there [shopping] an increase in robberies happens,” said Lipetri.
In addition to keeping an eye on your gifts and wallets, robberies of electronics have been going on all over the city.
“The big thing with the electronics is you’re on the phone or listening to your iPod, and those are easy snatches,” continued the deputy inspector. “It’s incredible how these electronics have become a humongous issue for the police department. So, be aware of your surroundings through the holiday season.”
Other suggestions by the NYPD to prevent becoming a crime victim this holiday season include: putting valuables (including GPS systems) in your car out of sight or removing them; carry your purse close to your body and never strap it around your body; carry your wallet in the front pants pocket or breast pocket of your jacket; don’t leave a handbag over the back of a stroller or chair and avoid looking for your keys when you arrive at your car or front door. Have them ready in your hand.
For additional advice go to http://home2.nyc.gov/html/nypd/ht ml/crime_ prevention/holiday_ safety _tips_ 2007.shtml on the NYPD website.