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LPD shares safe holiday shopping tips

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It is one week until Christmas and local shopping centers are in full swing - with lots of gadgets, extended hours and extra staff.

The Lebanon Police Department issued a release this week to remind folks to be "vigilant in protecting their personal property and focused on safety" during their last-minute shopping ventures. After all, the merriest time of year presents a good opportunity to scammers and thieves to take advantage of shoppers.

Interim Police Chief Mike Justice said they have seen a "little bit of a rise" in shoplifting locally this time of year; however, "that's across the country" not just in Wilson County.

Justice pinpointed the robberies of the Shell Station and personal robbery at Zipp's on West Main last week with bringing the spike to light.

He said the department has extra patrol units assigned for both day and evening hours throughout the shopping districts in the city. There are also unmarked units on patrol.

Justice added that even some detectives are out "trying to prevent crimes, as well."

The Lebanon Police Department and City of Lebanon issued a list of helpful tips to minimize your exposure to the risk of theft, including:

  • Shopping during the daylight hours whenever possible; if you shop at night, try to bring along a friend or family member

  • Park in well-lit areas and avoid back lots and side streets

  • Dress casually and comfortably

  • Avoid wearing expensive jewelry

  • Keep cash and cards in your front pocket

  • Avoid carrying large amounts of cash

  • Keep record of all credit card account numbers at home; in the event of card loss or theft, notify banks immediately.

  • Avoid overloading yourself with packages. It is important to have clear visibility and freedom of motion

  • Beware of strangers approaching you for any reason. At this time of year, LPD warmed con-artists may try various methods of distracting you with the intention of taking your money or belongings

  • Store purchases, purses and all valuables in the trunk of your vehicle - or keep items hidden and out-of-sight

  • Always lock your vehicle doors.

Any suspicious or criminal activity can be reported to LPD by calling 615-444-2323.

Staff Writer Sabrina Garrett may be contacted at

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