Friday, December 5, 2014


Season's Greetings

Chilliwack RCMP Cst. Germaine's top tips for safe holiday shopping

Released by Cst. Ashley St. Germaine, Chilliwack UFVRD


pper Fraser Valley: As the community wraps itself in the Christmas spirit and the traditional shopping season begins, Upper Fraser Valley RCMP wish to ensure that your gifts remain safe and secure for deliver on the 25th, right along with Santa’s. 


The holiday season is a time for fun and festivity so don’t let criminals be your scrooge this holiday season. Here are a few precautions that people can take when they venture out to do their shopping to avoid heartaches and disappointments.

• Don’t withdraw more money than you need when visiting ATM’s. Thieves lurk in parking lots around financial institutions. Be aware of your suuroundings and take note of anyone following you

• Men should carry their wallets in their front pockets as opposed to their back pockets or jackets

• Women should carry their purses close to their bodybut should not wrap their purse straps around themselves. Doing so could cause you to be dragged to the ground in the event that your purse is snatched.

• Never leave your purchases unattended, even for a short period of time.



Everyone knows that shopping malls become increasingly busy at this time of year.  Malls are a flurry of activity with shoppers rushing around, scurrying to find the last perfect gift to place under the tree.  Often people become so focused on task at hand that they can lose track of what their children are doing or where they’ve wandered off too.  A good idea is to have a plan and ensure that your children understand it in the event that your children become separated from you.  Suggest that they go to the nearest cashier to tell them they are lost and to stay there for assistance.



Parking is almost always a problem when it comes to the holiday season.  If possible, park under lighting and close to entrances and exits.  Under no circumstances should you leave your children unattended in your vehicle, even for a short period of time.  Place all of your purchases in your trunk to avoid drawing attention to your vehicle.  Know that if you place all your purchases in the back seat you may return to your vehicle to find your windows smashed and all of your gifts stolen. 


When your day of shopping is over and it’s time to head home, a good practice is to have your keys ready when you approach your vehicle.  By doing so, you avoid the clumsiness of trying to find your keys and juggling with your shopping bags, which delays you getting into your vehicle. 


We hope that everyone has an enjoyable holiday season!


Season’s greetings, from the Upper Fraser Valley RCMP.



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