With Halloween over, retailers are in full-fledged holiday season mode. Shoplifting during the holidays is a $6-billion problem for retailers nationwide. With the shopping season upon us now, Jackson Hole Crimestoppers urges local shop owners to protect themselves. The first line of defense is good customer service. Greet the customers and walk the floor regularly. If would-be thieves know their presence is noticed, they are less likely to act. Keep commonly shoplifted items in a highly visible area. If you suspect someone may be shoplifting, never accuse him; rather ask if you can help him or ring him up. Communicate with neighboring business owners about any suspicious behaviors they have seen. Any such suspicious behavior should be reported to local authorities at 733-2331.
Online shopping or home delivery is increasingly popular for the holidays, making for easy pickings for the Grinch. During the holidays, thieves will cruise around neighborhoods in search of boxes left at front doors—and steal them. Jackson Hole Crimestoppers suggest a few ways to protect yourself. Get a tracking number from the merchant. Retrieve your package as soon as possible after delivery, and if you can’t pick it up promptly, have a trusted person get it. If the packages has not arrived in a timely manner, contact the sender or check the tracking number. Insure the packages you send. Jackson Hole Crimestoppers also urges residents seeing any suspicious individuals lurking around neighborhoods to report them at 733-2331. Help keep the “happy” in the holidays.
The holiday season is a time to celebrate and share holiday cheer. It is also too often a time when the after-effect of that celebration finds its way onto our streets and highways. While it is unrealistic to expect parties to be totally devoid of the consumption of alcohol, Jackson Hole Crimestoppers urges holiday party-goers to prepare themselves for their celebrations by planning alternate transportation home or assigning a designated driver. If you are hosting a party, be aware that you may be held liable if an intoxicated guest causes a car crash. Be sure you and your loved ones will enjoy a happy holiday season and New Year by keeping your celebration off the road. Jackson Hole Crimestoppers also points out that reporting a driver who apparently shouldn’t be behind the wheel is not only in the best interest of other motorists, but in the best interest of that driver and his or her loved ones as well.