Big shopping days can be a prime time for thieves to strike, and not just those looking to steal your identity. Customers are distracted, are are filled with packages and Black Friday sales happen during the early morning hours. Area police departments are urging people to use caution and to be aware of surroundings while shopping. Danbury Police say you shouldn't carry so may bags out to your vehicle that you become an easy target to someone who may want to assault or rob you. Keep at least one hand free at all times.
If you're going to several shopping plazas, keep parked vehicles locked and remove all items of value so that they cannot be seen from the exterior of the vehicle. Several Greater Danbury area towns have reported an increase in thefts from unlocked motor vehicles in recent months.
Pay attention to exiting and entering your vehicles at these shopping areas. If you see someone who looks suspicious, do not park by that person and inform security and/or Police of their presence.
Notify the credit card issuer immediately if your credit card is lost, stolen or misused. Keep a record of all of your credit card numbers in a safe place at home.