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Holiday Shopping Safety


The holiday shopping season begins in earnest this weekend, and police have some advice on how to enjoy it and survive it safely.

Sergeant Mark Berger, a supervisor in the Davenport Police Department's Crime Prevention Unit, says be sure not to leave any valuables, visible, in your car.

"Make sure you secure your packages in your vehicle, preferably in the trunk. If you have a large package that doesn't fit in the trunk, have a destination where you can take that and secure it in a house somewhere rather than leaving it in your vehicle while you go in and out of other stores."

And be careful while shopping because parking lots will be crowded, with a lot of people in a hurry - in his words "pack your patience."

Berger says online shoppers also need to be careful.

"If it's going to be delivered to your home, have a neighbor or somebody lined up that can pick it up and take it to their house that you can get it later. Or have it shipped directly to the store where you bought it. If it's one of the big box stores, have it shipped directly to that store so you can pick up at their location."

He also thinks it's a good idea to be careful how much cash you carry, use just one credit card and leave the rest at home, and never leave your car running, even for a minute. 

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.