As the holiday season rolls around, shopping becomes more frequent in the Central New York Area. With Destiny USA as the 6th largest mall in the county and the surrounding area of Dewitt with huge commercialization, the traffic of shopping is arguably at the highest peak in CNY right now. And with more people and money, this can possibly attract crime, which some CNY residents are worried about.
Therefore, I spoke to Ann Taylor’s Sales Associate Lacee Harper about shopper safety during the holiday season.
“It gets very busy during the holiday season. The sales bring lots of people, which creates long lines. I always tell people to be aware of their surroundings”, said Harper.
Ann Taylor in Destiny USA does not have cameras nor a security guard for their store. In order to combat the lack of security, they give shoppers the ability to put their bags in a secure area.
“We offer take their bags in the back and put them in a secure spot so they can feel free to stop and don’t have to constantly check their bags. Also because a lot of people and bags can get messy and it would be easy for someone to distract someone and possibly steal,” said Harper.
Dewitt Police Officer Alexander Fartini has several safety tips for holiday shoppers.
- Carry cash or money on your person. Do not put in a purse or bag and leave the bag on a cart while shopping.
- If you can, use credit cards. It is very hard to track lost cash.
- Place purchased items in trunk of car after you leave a store. The trunk is a very safe place for valuable items and is rarely broken into.
If you believe someone has stolen from you while shopping, please contact security or your local police department immediately.