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Posted on: November 19, 2018

[ARCHIVED] 2018 Holiday Tips from Trumbull Police Department

11/19/2018 - 2018 Holiday Tips from Trumbull Police Department

2018 Holiday Tips from Trumbull Police Department - November 19, 2018

Once again, the busy holiday season is upon us and many of us will find ourselves shopping more than most times throughout the year. The purpose of this article is to provide some tips so that you may enjoy a safe season. For three years now the Trumbull Police Department, with the support of the Westfield Mall, has had a substation at the Trumbull Shopping Park, located near Door Four.

Victims and witnesses can work with our officers, in the quiet and confidential setting. You no longer need to drive to the Trumbull Police station to be interviewed. Accessibility to police officers is now within the shopping park.

Safety Tips:

Remember, always lock your car and take your keys with you. Leave valuables secure at home. Many times cars and trucks are entered in driveways and parking lots that were left unlocked with valuables and keys left inside. This has led to stolen property and stolen vehicles. We must be more vigilant and make it more difficult for someone to victimize us. When parking your car try and park in well-lit areas.

Keeping your handbag close to you may prevent someone from seeing what you have and will make it harder for them to take. Never flash large amounts of money in public, and keep your credit cards and debit cards secured in your bag or wallet until you need it.

Never give personal information to any caller, and if something seems too good to be true it probably is. Social Security numbers, credit card numbers, and other personal information such as your date of birth should not be given to a caller. The best advice I can give about such information is to keep it as secret as you can. Also, do not shop with your Social Security card, you should leave it at home, where it is more secure.

Not only is it more enjoyable, but try to shop with friends or family. Being with a group of people tends to protect us from being more vulnerable to those that wish us harm. Never leave a child unattended. Never leave any of your valuables unattended in a shopping cart.

If you see a suspicious vehicle or people in your neighborhood please call the police department at 203-261-3665. Try and provide a detailed description of the person or vehicle so that we may investigate.

I wish you and your families a very happy and healthy holiday season.

Chief Michael Lombardo
Chief of Police
Trumbull Police Department

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