Suffolk County Police announce added holiday patrols

Department will increase presence at retail centers and downtowns; Zero-tolerance approach taken for drunk drivers

The Suffolk County Police Department will increase police patrols in shopping centers and on roadways during the holiday season to ensure a safe and enjoyable season for residents of Suffolk County.

Suffolk County Police will be conducting high visibility patrols and enforcement—from November 25 through January 3—making every effort to keep residents safe on our roadways and in areas with increased crowds. Plainclothes officers will conduct anti-larceny patrols at business districts while Canine Section, Emergency Services Section and Highway Patrol officers will be utilized to patrol in and near shopping centers.

As always, Suffolk County Police will take a zero-tolerance approach for anyone driving under the influence and placing the public in danger. In addition to enhanced patrols, traffic safety checkpoints will be conducted to focus on drivers who are violating laws pertaining to driving while intoxicated and the use of seatbelt and cellphones while driving.

The department’s annual Handicapped Enforcement Initiative will also begin and officers will increase enforcement of handicapped parking regulations.

[quote_colored name=”” icon_quote=”no”]“I wish everyone a very happy and safe holiday season,” Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone said.  “The Suffolk County Police Department is doing all it can to ensure a safe holiday season for Suffolk County residents.”[/quote_colored]

“We want residents to enjoy this festive season and we are asking them to make responsible decisions to ensure a safe holiday for themselves and others,” Suffolk County Police Commissioner Edward Webber said. “Our officers will be saturating the roadways looking for those violating the law.”

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.

Shopping online

  • Make sure computers are updated with security software.
  • Keep information private and passwords secure.
  • Use only secure and familiar websites for purchases.

Home Security

  • 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.

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