Happy Thanksgiving from the officers of the Whitehall Police! As this is the start of the holiday shopping season, please remember these safety tips:

Happy Thanksgiving from the officers of the Whitehall Police! As this is the start of the holiday shopping season, please remember these safety tips:

Shopping
1) Do not walk through a parking lot while looking at your cell phone. Criminals look for people not paying attention to their environment. You are distracted while looking at your phone, making it easy for someone to come up and grab your purse or packages. Get in your car, lock the doors and then look at your phone. There are very few things on your phone worth losing your presents over.
2) Make eye contact with people when you walk. Again this shows you are aware of their presence, making you less of a target.
3) Although it makes it easier to carry, don’t put all your shopping bags into a larger one. If someone grabs that one bag, all your presents go with it.
4) Most parking lots are pretty well lit, but park close to a light post if you can. Criminals love darker areas.
5) Try not to go out to your car, put packages in and then walk back into the store. Anyone watching the parking lot now knows which vehicle to break into.
6) Don’t carry all of your credit cards with you, only the ones you plan on using. If your wallet or purse gets stolen you’ll still have credit cards at home that haven’t been compromised. Also put your cash in a separate pocket for the same reason.

Traffic (we know you love that holiday traffic!)
1) Again, put down the cell phone. There isn’t anything on it worth getting into an accident or receiving a traffic citation for.
2) Do not block the intersection at a traffic light. It’s your responsibility to look at traffic ahead of you, and not enter an intersection until you can get all the way across it. Again, it’s not worth getting a traffic citation over a few extra minutes. Plus, if an emergency vehicle needs to cross the intersection, you are blocking them from getting to someone else’s emergency.
3) If you are in an accident, please try to pull your vehicles off the roadway into a parking lot or somewhere else that will not back up traffic any more than it already is. Although it’s not well known, Section 3745.1 of the Pa Vehicle Code requires anyone involved in an accident to move the vehicle off the roadway, unless there is serious injury, death, the vehicle cannot be moved, or if moving the vehicle would create further damage to the vehicle roadway or traffic.
And remember the reason for the holidays. Don’t let the search for a too good to be true deal or traffic backups ruin your mood.

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