The Sherman Police Department is participating in a "Safe Shopper Holiday Patrol," by increasing police presence in retail areas and encouraging safety among holiday shoppers.

The Sherman Police Department is participating in a "Safe Shopper Holiday Patrol," by increasing police presence in retail areas and encouraging safety among holiday shoppers.


Police encourage shoppers to stay alert and be aware of their surroundings. Shop in a group instead of individually. Take special care of purses and shopping bags. Do not leave any bags unattended and do not overburden yourself with bags. Do not carry large amounts of cash, and try to use a credit or debit card if possible.


Parking lots will be filled with more cars, so police encourage pedestrians to be careful when walking to and from their car. Criminals typically park in certain areas closer to stores in order to get away faster. For this reason, fire zone parking and handicap parking will be strictly enforced.


Cars can be an easy target for criminals, so it is important to be safe when parking and returning to your car, police said. Park in a well-lit area as close to your destination as possible. Store packages in the trunk of the car or somewhere where they are not visible. When returning to your car, scan the surrounding area, have your keys in hand and be ready to open the door. Immediately lock the car after entering.


Take special precautions when shopping with children. Try to shop with another adult, so you can take turns browsing and watching the children. Keep children close by at all times. When bringing infants or toddlers with you, limit your shopping trip to one or two hours. Remove your child’s sweater once inside so they do not get overheated. Consider giving your child a book or snack to keep them occupied while waiting in line.


Shoppers should be cautious when using ATMs. Use an ATM in a highly visible, well-lit area. If you are using an ATM after dark, have someone come with you. Try not to make large cash withdrawals and do not count the cash after it has been dispensed. Memorize your PIN number instead of writing it down. If you see any suspicious activity around the ATM, do not use it.