It’s never too early to worry about Christmas shopping — or crime! WCBS News says “with the holidays around the corner, police are urging shoppers to protect themselves against desperate thieves preying on preoccupied shoppers.”
One scheme “that’s growing more and more common,” of which they warn: tossing your stuff in the passenger side of your car, then walking to the driver’s side. Those nanoseconds of divided attention present an golden opportunity for hardened criminals. Though CBS cites no incidents, they observe one Lisa Guy, who “left her driver’s side door open,” then “tossed her purse in the trunk” (?), making her bags “an easy target.” When confronted, an apparently rattled Guy says, “I’m gonna look out now — I never heard of that.” Nor had we.
Police further urge shoppers, per Channel 2, to “keep their finger on the panic button.” Also in danger: “women walking alone at night.” Says another female shopper accosted by reporters with this assertion, “You don’t go out at 11 o’clock, you know, walking around by yourself.” The report is filed from Bergen County, New Jersey; your terror may vary.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on October 7, 2009