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Police offer holiday crime prevention tips

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The Cedar Rapids Police Department is reminding people of a few crime prevention tips this holiday season.

With many people shopping and traveling over the next several days, officers give these tips:

- Always be alert of your surroundings. Don't leave a building or your vehicle until you know all is secure and safe. Take 60 seconds to drive around parking lots, and check out the area before parking.

- Park your car in a well-lit area and always lock the car. Keep packages and valuables out of sight.

- Protect your purse and wallet at all times. Never carry large amounts of cash or credit cards.

- Don't overburden yourself with packages while shopping.

- Have your keys out and ready as you approach your vehicle.

- Only make online purchases from trusted, secure websites.

- If traveling, use timers for lights while you're away. Ask a trusted friend or neighbor to watch your home.

- Give yourself extra time for travel, especially during periods of inclement weather, whether traveling on the roads or flying.

- After the holidays, pay close attention to bills and immediately report any unauthorized charges.
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