Officials from Suffolk County and the police department announced they are stepping up patrols this holiday season. The beefed up patrols are to start Wednesday, a department spokesman said.
A high visibility of police presence will be seen from November 26 through January 1–with an intended goal of keeping residents and roadways safe. Police officers in different capacities will patrol downtown areas as well as shopping malls to increase the safety of Suffolk County residents and visitors. Auxiliary police officers and officers from the Canine, Emergency Service Sections and Highway Patrol Bureau will take part and assist in the patrols and enforcement’s.
A zero-tolerance approach for motorists driving under the influence and placing the public in danger is a strong approach being taken by the Suffolk County Police Department. Safety checkpoints will be conducted to combat motorists violating laws pertaining to driving while intoxicated and the use of seat belt and cellphones while driving.
“I wish everyone a very happy and safe holiday season,” said Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone. “The Suffolk County Police Department is continually doing all it can to ensure a safe holiday season for Suffolk County residents and I encourage all residents to make responsible decisions to do the same.”
Suffolk County Police Commissioner Edward Webber said in a statement, “The Suffolk County Police Department will be out in full force this holiday season making every effort to keep residents safe,” “Officers will be saturating the roadways and shopping areas to arrest anyone who chooses to break the law and put others in danger.”
Suffolk County officials have offered numerous safety tips to residents in an effort to keep everyone safe this holiday season.
Shopping Safety Tips
– Always be aware of your surroundings when walking through shops and in parking lots.
– Park in well-lit areas.
– Avoid shopping at night if possible. If you must go at night, bring a friend/family member or notify them of your whereabouts.
– Dress comfortably and avoid wearing expensive jewelry.
– Avoid carrying a large amount of cash.
– Avoid carrying a wallet or purse if possible.
– Do not leave packages in plain view in a vehicle.
– Make sure computers are updated with security software.
– Keep information private and passwords secure.
– Use only secure and familiar websites for purchases.
– Lock every door and window and secure pet doors.
– Activate security system.
– Remove any hidden keys.
– Put valuables in a safety deposit box.
– Ask a trusted neighbor to watch your house and collect mail.
– Consider putting electronics (lights, televisions) on a timer.
– Install motion sensor lights.
– Avoid posting travel plans on social media.