Medford, Ore. - With the holiday shopping season in full effect after Black Friday, it's also that time of year that brings a rise in robbery and shoplifting cases nationwide.
Especially now as the days get darker earlier in the day, law enforcement officials encourage several tips for shoppers to keep in mind before heading to stores.
- Preferably park your car in a well-lit area, as well as close to the store or shopping center as possible.
- Place shopping bags or any packages in the trunk rather than upfront, to prevent people from looking through the windows and finding the urge to break in.
- Make sure to have you're car keys and phone in an accessible place as you make you're way from or to the car in case something were to happen.
Medford Police Lieutenant Mike Budreau also to the case of employees and how to approach these sorts of situations.
"It's unique to the situation when you can't really just have a hands-off approach to the shoplifters and then the word gets out and your store is going to suffer incredible losses if you don't make some type of an attempt to deter that activity," Budreau says, "But if it starts getting too dangerous, it's best to disengage, let the police go over and see if we could assist."
Budreau adds that although any store can run the risk of being shoplifted, it's usually the bigger stores that tend to be the more common targets.