Crime Stoppers Crime of the Week - Holiday safety tips

Crime Stoppers Crime of the Week - Holiday safety tips

From Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers

LUFKIN, TEXAS (News Release) - Crime Stoppers wants you to have a happy Thanksgiving and safe holiday shopping experience, and making you a less appealing target for criminals will help ensure both.

Secure your house and you'll worry less when away from home.

  • Keeping an up-to-date home inventory is simple and will help in the event of a burglary or insurance claim; using your phone’s camera is a quick and effective way to record the make, model, serial number, and detailed description of all your belongings.
  • Use timers to operate lights and televisions; randomness in the timing can create the appearance that someone is home.
  • Your doors and windows must be locked and your alarm system must be activated in order to serve any security purpose; lock all doors and windows and turn on the alarm every time you leave the home.
  • Contact your local law enforcement agency to request patrols of your residence when you leave home for an extended period.
  • Black Friday deals are great, but saving a few dollars does little good when your car is burglarized, your purse is stolen, or your credit card is lost.
  • Never leave your purchases visible in your car.
  • Park only in areas with adequate lighting; it may be dark when you return to your car.
  • Keep purses and wallets on your person and hold them securely at all times.
  • Limit the amount of cash and credit cards you carry to prevent losing everything in your purse or wallet is lost or stolen.
  • Compare your receipts to your online or billing statement to spot fraud.
  • Be aware of your surroundings and immediately report suspicious people.

Call your local police department to report in-progress crimes. To provide information about criminal activity while remaining anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at (936) 639-TIPS or visit