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Holiday Shopping Safety

The holidays are upon us and that means more and more shoppers will visit the City of Carlsbad’s malls, outlets and plazas. With this increase comes an increased risk for holiday shopping related crime. The Police Department is prepared and wants you to be too.

During the holiday season the Police Department will increase patrol around Carlsbad’s malls and outlet centers. The department is looking to deter shopping related crime like thefts from vehicles, thefts from shoppers, shoplifting and fraud.

The community is an important part of the team. Preparation and awareness are key ingredients to stopping a thief from stealing your purchases and property. Here are some easy tips

  • Plan to ensure safety. Shop early and shop safely.
  • Dress comfortably and leave the expensive jewelry at home.
  • Carry limited cash and only the necessary credit cards. Consider a crossbody purse to keep your hands free.
  • Shop with a friend; there is safety in numbers.
  • Clear your car of all personal items before you head out.
  • Park carefully and as close to your destination at possible.
  • When possible, move your car closer to your destination.
  • Always lock your car and take the keys. Check twice that it is locked.
  • Use shuttles and security if you must travel a distance to your car.
  • Consider who might be watching you put packages in the trunk of your car. Move your car to a different parking spot.
  • Avoid distractions and always be aware of who and what is going on around you.
  • Keep an eye on your purses, wallets and purchases while shopping.
  • Keep your arms free by not overloading them with packages.
  • When shopping online, use only reputable, well-known companies with secure sites.
  • Watch your checking account and credit card accounts carefully.

Working together we can ensure everyone has a safe and happy holiday season. We will see you out there.

Police media contact
Jodee Reyes, Public Information Officer, 760-931-2105 or 


December 5, 2019