Denver Direct: PRESS RELEASE


Monday, November 28, 2011

PRESS RELEASE

DENVER POLICE DEPARTMENT
Gerald R. Whitman, Chief of Police
The mission of the Denver Police Department is to deliver high quality public
safety services so all people may share a safe and healthy environment.
 
PRESS RELEASE
 
For Immediate Release
 
Date:        November 22, 2011
To:            All Denver Police Officers, Media, Denver City Council, and Denver Community Associations.
Contact:   Sonny Jackson
Address:  Office of the Chief
                  1331 Cherokee St., Denver, CO 80204
Phone:     720-913-6534
Fax:           720-913-7021
 
Purse Snatching
 
On November 21, 2011, Denver Police responded to the Cherry Creek Mall on a purse snatching. The investigation revealed the suspect was loitering in the vestibule. As the elderly victim was leaving the store, the suspect ran his shoulder into the victim knocking her to her knees, causing  injury. He then grabbed the victim’s purse and dragged the victim out the exterior doors. The victim released her purse and the suspect ran Southbound across the parking lot.  
 
The Denver Police Department is asking for anyone who witnesses this for the suspect to Crime Stoppers at 720-913-STOP (7867).  
           
Holiday Safety Tips Reminder

As we are approaching the holiday shopping season.  The Denver Police Department would like to wish everyone a Safe and Happy Holiday Season.   We would like everyone to take some special precautions to assure their personal safety and have an enjoyable Holiday Season.  We have listed some tips to help keep you safe while shopping.
 
Dress Down:
Dress casually and comfortably. Avoid wearing expensive jewelry.

Shop Together:
Shop with friends and family. Try not to shop alone, especially at night.

Educate Your Kids:
Teach kids what to do if you get separated. Tell them to find a store clerk or security person.

Communicate:
Tell someone where you are going and how long you will be gone. Let them know if you change your schedule.

Park Smart:
Park close to the store. Avoid dark and secluded areas.

Lock the Car:
Keep doors locked and windows closed. Remember your keys.

Stay Alert:
Remember where you park your car. Be aware of suspicious cars and people.

Watch Your Purse:
Hold your purse close to your body or use a front pocket if carrying a wallet. Preferably wear a fanny pack.

Avoid Cash:
Never flash large amounts of money. Try to use checks or credit cards instead of cash.

Use Credit Cards Safely:
Beware of identity theft and keep receipts safe. Record credit card numbers at home and guard PIN numbers.

Shop in Small Doses:
Make regular trips to the car. Avoid carrying too many packages that put you off balance and make you a target.

Returning to the Parking Lot:
Have your car keys out when returning to your car. Check the back seat and under the car before getting in.

Hide Packages:
Store packages in the trunk of the car. Put your packages in the trunk before you drive to your next location not when you arrive. Never leave them visible inside the car.

Act:
Never go home if you think you are being followed or if you feel threatened. Go to a busy well-lit safe place.

Don’t Play Hero:
Comply with a thief’s demands. Record an accurate description for law enforcementheight, weight, eye color, hair color, scars, tattoos, clothing, and license plate.

 
 
Sonny Jackson