Greenville police launch 2nd year of Grinch holiday safety campaign

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GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – To raise holiday safety awareness, the Greenville Police Department is enlisting a familiar Christmas character: the Grinch.

“We view him as a recognizable character,” said Kristen Hunter, Greenville Police Department. “People of all ages know him who he is,”

This is the second year Greenville Police have used the “Don’t let a Grinch steal your Christmas” social media campaign to encourage holiday safety.

Local shoppers explained steps they take to discourage holiday theft.

“I always have my purse on me,” said Jessica Perez, a holiday shopper. “Kind of in front of me to make sure nothing happens.”

“I try to make sure my car looks really clean so that there’s nothing really laying out at all,” said Audra Thomas, another shopper.

The Greenville Police Department wants everyone to practice safe habits.

To be proactive, here are some steps you can take to stay safe.

1. Try to shop during the day.

2. Don’t carry a lot of cash.

3. Always be aware of your surroundings.

Crimes don’t just happen at the store.

Be careful when shopping online, or going away for the holidays.

“I always try to be there whenever my packages are supposed to arrive or scheduled to arrive because you don’t know who could be walking by and want to pick up the package that you got,” said Hannah Kontoulas, online shopper.

Greenville police have also increased patrols out and about for the month of December.

“Rest assured, the Greenville Police Department will not let the Grinch steal your Christmas,” said Hunter.

Just remember, to do your part as well.

Organizers are calling the Grinch campaign a success. There were no shopping center crimes last December, and the department hopes to keep the streak going this year.

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