Enforcement is ramped up at various malls and shopping centers throughout San Diego in anticipation of the holiday shopping season, said San Diego police.
Uniformed and undercover officers will be out looking for criminal activity starting Friday morning.
Police recommend the following tips for shoppers:
Park in well-lighted areas.
Shop in pairs or with a group and do not walk to and/or from your car alone.
Do not hesitate to ask mall or store security to escort you to your car.
Pay close attention to your surroundings.
Keep your cell phone with you but don’t talk on your phone while walking to and from your car; have it available in case you need to call for assistance.
Do not leave valuables in your car as this is an enticement for thieves who may see the items or may see you store the items in your trunk.
Report people you believe to be casing the parking lots or stores.
Make a police report if you have been a victim of a crime.
Be a good witness; collect information on suspect and vehicle descriptions to aid police and security in capturing criminals.