Henderson police grade shoppers for parking security
FOX5's Elizabeth Watts passed the parking test.
HENDERSON, NV (FOX5) -
Shoppers going from store to store collect a lot of bags.
Between visiting all the shops many shoppers just put their bags in their backseat in plain view.
"Never really think twice about it, yeah everything's pretty safe," said Mosus Alarm, who was shopping at the Best Buy in Henderson on Black Friday.
But Henderson police warn bags left in cars could become an easy target.
"Realistically nobody is going to drive home between every shopping trip," said Sgt. Matt Zobrist with the Henderson Police Department.
That means many cars in these parking lots can have a cache of treasures by the end of the day.
Henderson police are letting those shoppers who make it obvious know it by placing vehicle burglary report cards on their windshields.
"It talks about if a vehicle passes or fails, and talks about some of the safety tips ... some of the big things - is there property in plain view? Were your keys left in there? Was your window open or car unlocked?" Zobrist said.
Even those who pass will get the report card just as a reminder. However, many say they're already very vigilant.
"If I have a big item, I don't go from store to store, I go right home," said Scott Farkis who was shopping at the Henderson Best Buy on Black Friday.
Jim Mitchell and his family come from Lake Havasu City, AZ, and have to keep everything in their car for the whole day.
"We try to park in an open area where the car is under a light and can be seen, and we cover all our packages," Mitchell said.
Officers also recommend if you plan to keep shopping, just move your car to another parking space so if a thief is watching, he or she will think you're leaving.
Also never assume a busy parking lot will be safer.
"Not everyone is paying attention, and sometimes people don't want to get involved … just like that car alarm that went off a few minutes ago, how many people in the parking lot actually looked to say, 'Oh is there a car being stolen?' Most people are just like 'Eh, that's just what happens,'" Zobrist said.
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