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MBPD makes "Don't Get Grinched" video to spread holiday safety tips

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MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - It's normal for police departments to send out safety tips and warnings during the holiday season. Myrtle Beach police said they were trying to break that mold and find a way to capture community interest in an interactive, unforgettable way when they created the "Don't Get Grinched" video.

The following are safety tips from the video:

  • Set your alarm while away or asleep
  • Remember to leave a light on and double check your door lock
  • Do not display gifts where they can be seen
  • Be cautious of strangers soliciting for charities
  • Do not post on social media when you will be away from home
  • Shop only on secure websites
  • Regularly check your bank and credit statements for fraudulent activity
  • Always be aware of what is going on around you when shopping
  • Avoid carrying or showing large amounts of cash
  • Do not carry tons of packages to avoid purse snatchers
  • Have your keys in your hand while approaching your vehicle
  • Always keep your vehicle locked and packages locked in the trunk
  • Check your backseat and around your vehicle before getting in
  • Secure your purse; never place it in a shopping cart 

Lieutenant Joey Crosby with the MBPD said everything the department posts online is intended to be interactive, and it wants to use social media as a tool to reach people in a creative, non-traditional way. He said he hopes people remember the video much longer than a bulleted list of what-not-to-do's, and he hopes people share it.

The MBPD says they can handle the Grinch and asks that you help them out by being safety conscious.  

For more information about the MBPD, visit their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/myrtlebeachpolice/?fref=ts.

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