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Sunny and warm again today. A front building in Thursday evening will usher in cooler temperatures. By the weekend, we'll add another chance for rain to move through. The start of next week looks dry but cold.



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Holiday shopping safety tips


With the holiday season quickly approaching, Beaumont Police Department would like to share some holiday shopping tips. We wish you a safe and happy holiday season. If you have any questions or would like an officer to come out and speak about holiday safety, contact Beaumont Police Department's Community Relations Division at 409-880-3825.
Dress for Shopping- wear comfortable clothing with a number of pockets. Avoid flashy jewelry whether it is real or costume. Comfortable shoes are a must. (In case you have to run from an assailant.)

Avoid Purses and Wallets- This leaves your hands free to deal with kids and packages. Avoid shoulder purses of any kind. If you must carry a purse, carry a short strap, hand held purse. Carry only the essentials such as cash, checks and ID.                                                                         

For men, instead of a wallet, secure your cash in a money clip in your front pocket. If you must carry a wallet, wear snug fitting slacks or carry it in your coat breast pocket.

Cash, Checks, Credit Cards- Carry cash in denominations no larger than a $20.00 bill. Carry your cash in various locations on your body such as pockets, socks, bras, etc. If you carry a check book, make sure that you keep up with your check numbers and the receipts. This will assist you in canceling your checks. Carry only the credit cards you will need while you are shopping. Always log your credit card numbers, the 800 numbers and keep them in a safe place just in case you have to cancel them.

Drive With Your Car Doors Locked- Don't take the chance of someone jumping in the car with you at a stop sign or red light.

Parking Lot Tips- Drive around a parking lot and make sure that there are no suspicious persons lurking about. If you are going to be returning to your vehicle after dark, park in a well lit area. Find a landmark near your parking place so you can return to your vehicle with ease. Have everything in your hands before you get out of your vehicle. Look around to see if it is safe to exit. Exit quickly, lock your door and proceed to your destination. Keep your keys in your hand in case you have to use them as a defense weapon. Walk in the center of the drive lane. If a vehicle approaches, step to the driver's side of the approaching vehicle and let it pass. Then return to the center of the drive lane. If someone is crouched down behind a parked vehicle, this action will make them run to you instead of you going toward them. Make good eye contact with people and issue a verbal acknowledgment. This lets a potential attacker know you have seen them and may possibly recognize them again.

When Returning to Your Vehicle-have your keys in hand, quickly enter into your vehicle and leave. DO NOT sit and arrange packages, make phone calls or put on make-up. This allows a potential attacker time to approach you.

Entering Into Your Vehicle- Do not activate your remote keyless entry until you are even with the back of your vehicle. If done any sooner, someone could enter your vehicle before you do.

If You Are Attacked- do not resist . There is nothing in your package, purse or wallet that is worth your life. If you are forced into a physical confrontation to protect yourself or others, scream to call attention to yourself. You can use your keys or thumbs to gouge the attacker's eyes, use the heel of your hand to jam the attacker's nose or Adam's apple, knee the groin area or stomp down on the top of the attacker's foot. The purpose of these defense tactics is to stun your attacker so that you may make a quick escape.

Describe Your Attacker - Race, sex, height, weight, identifying features such as scars, marks, tattoos and other oddities, glasses, clothing (particularly pants and shoes), vehicle descriptions and directions of travel.

Strength in Numbers-Shop with others. If you are by yourself and feel apprehensive about returning to a parking lot, ask for an escort from security or a store manager.

Do Not Leave Valuables Visible in Your Vehicle- Cash, purses, coins, jewelry, cell phones, radar detectors, cameras, GPS systems and laptop computers are items that are commonly stolen.

Make Sure That You Are Not Followed- If you do not have a cell phone, and if you think you are being followed, drive around until you see a Police Officer or go through a fast food drive thru window (one that is clear) and ask the clerk to get a description of the vehicle if they can and call the Police for you. Do not go home!

Always See That No One Enters Your Garage as the door closes behind you. Exit your vehicle only after you know that things are secure.

911 Is A Free Call on Your Cell Phone- please know your location so you can give it to the Police Dispatcher.


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