Last minute holiday shoppers are being reminded of some safety tips, which the Danbury Police Department is hoping will be used year round. With the hustle and bustle of the season, stores are more crowded and there are more distractions and Police spokesman Lt. Christian Carroccio says it's a good idea to make a plan in case you become separated from your children. Children should never leave the store or go to the parking lot to look for you or your car. Parents are being urged to teach their children to stay by their side at all times while shopping, and accompany young children to the restroom.
Leave clothing that displays your children’s names at home, as it can prompt unwelcome attention from people who may be looking for an opportunity to start a conversation with your children. Never leave children in toy stores or public facilities like movie theaters, and expect store personnel to supervise them.
Park in well lit areas, lock your car, and place packages and other valuables out of sight.
Crimes of opportunity are also taking place at this time of year. Police are urging residents to be aware that some persons collecting for charities or causes are collecting for themselves. Do not give personal information over the phone to unsolicited callers. If you're looking to help someone who comes to your house asking to use a phone, bathroom or for a drink of water, police say you shouldn't let strangers in the house. Do not let a stranger know that you are alone.