The Mesquite Police Department wishes to extend our best wishes to all during this holiday season. Unfortunately, during the holidays we see a rise in various crimes. Whether it is in your neighborhood or at a local shopping center, awareness is the best defense against becoming the victim of a crime this holiday season.

While out shopping stay alert and be aware of your surroundings. Don’t let your guard down just because you are in a hurry. Do not carry large amounts of cash and ladies please carry your purse close to you at all times.

Parking lots can be extremely busy and congested during the holidays. Choose a parking spot that is well lit and close to the store. Ensure you lock your car doors and place any items/packages in the trunk of your car where they are not visible.  The chances of your car being stolen or burglarized are reduced if you simply lock the doors and keep the windows up. Safeguarding your car and valuables can be summed up in three simple words: LOCK your car, TAKE your keys with you, and HIDE the valuables in your car.

These are a few simple holiday safety tips to aid in protecting your personal safety and to help make your holidays a joyous and safe season. This holiday season, MPD also reminds you to not let the spirit of giving lull you into a false sense of security that will allow criminals to steal, defraud, or harm you.