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Holiday Shopping Safety Tips

The holidays are a busy time of year when shoppers are rushing from store to store searching for the perfect gift. Thieves are there too, looking for the perfect opportunity to take advantage of distracted shoppers. Here are a few tips from the Hollywood Police Department to ensure a safe, happy, crime-free holiday season:

Shopping in Stores 

  • Do not buy more than you can carry.  Plan ahead by taking a friend with you or ask a store employee to help carry packages to your vehicle.
  • Consider alternate options to pay for your merchandise, such as one-time or multiuse disposable credit cards or money orders.
  • Wait until the checkout clerk asks for your credit card before taking it out. An enterprising thief may be able to see your account information and steal it when you’re not looking.
  • Tell a security guard or store employee if you see an unattended bag or package.  The same applies if you are using mass transit or walking to and from your car.
  • Zip up your purse and carry it close to your body.
  • Carry wallets inside a coat or front trouser pocket to deter pick-pockets.
  • Carry only the credit card(s) you need and avoid carrying large amounts of cash.
  • Keep your little ones close by when shopping, especially in crowded stores.
  • Make a plan in case you are separated from each other.  Select a central meeting place and teach children to ask mall personnel or security guards if they need help.
  • Teach children to never leave the store until you find one another.
  • Take note of where you are parked.
  • Always park in a well-lit, high-traffic area. Avoid parking in remote, dark area.
  • Have your keys in hand when approaching your vehicle so you are ready to unlock the door.
  • Scan the interior of your vehicle for intruders and look around to ensure you are not being followed.
  • Do not leave packages out in the open in your vehicle. Place them out of sight, locked in the trunk or if possible, take them directly home.
  • Never leave valuables in plain sight.  Items such as your purse, wallet, or cellular telephone are irresistible to thieves.
  • Roll up your windows and lock your vehicle, even while you are driving.
  • If you go to an ATM, make sure it is well lit and in a safe location.
  • Traffic is heavier during the holidays so drive with caution.

Mission Statement
"The Hollywood Police Department strives to work in partnership with the community in order to improve the quality of life in the City of Hollywood. We take a pro-active stance towards prevention of crime and we pledge to investigate, pursue and apprehend violators in order to continuously provide a safe and secure environment in which to live, work and visit."

On behalf of the men and women of the Hollywood Police Department, thank you for taking the time to visit our website.

The Hollywood Police Department operates within a dynamic community setting. In addition to traditional law enforcement duties, our department offers assignments in a variety of specialized units. This combination has created an environment for the men and women of the Hollywood Police Department to fully develop their individual potential as they grow toward meeting their personal and professional career goals.

The Hollywood Police Department is a professional law enforcement agency servicing a population of approximately 145,000 covering roughly 30 square miles in Broward County, Florida.

The Department has extensive outreach programs within the community and our numerous problem solving initiatives have improved the quality of life for all who live, work and play in Florida's Hollywood.

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Police Chief Sanchez
Tomas Sanchez
Chief of Police

Hollywood Police Department
3250 Hollywood Boulevard
Hollywood, Florida 33021

Mailing Address:
City of Hollywood
P.O. Box 229045
Hollywood, FL 33022-9045

Ph: 954.764.HELP (4357)
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