December brings a multitude of holidays: Christmas, Kawanzaa, Festivus and the recently passed Hanukkah. As that pervasive and over-played 1960s Christmas song says, “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year.” But, with holiday shopping and gift giving, it’s also a great time for robbers as commercial corridors fill up with shoppers, especially after dark.
So, each year the police warn us: Be extra careful when you are out holiday shopping, particularly in the evening. The following email this week from MPD 2nd District Commander Matt Klein is a reminder of why you should be extra watchful of your surroundings in December:
Yesterday evening, a woman walked out of the Apple Store in the 1200 block of Wisconsin Avenue, NW after purchasing 2 laptop computers. A short time and distance later, while walking from the store to the 3300 block of N Street NW, the woman was robbed by 2 suspects. She was forcefully knocked down to the ground and both suspects escaped with the computers. I think it’s safe to assume that the victim was followed from the store. The suspects may have been waiting for someone to leave the store with large bags or other obvious indications of a large purchase. I have placed additional officers in the area and PSA 206 managers are discussing further precautions with the store.
As most of you know, this time of year is a favorite for criminals. They know we’re out shopping and probably not paying much attention to our surroundings. Please make sure to be aware of what’s going on around you; never leave valuables in your cars; and use common sense when leaving stores with large packages. If you see anyone acting suspiciously, call 911 immediately.
Here are some holiday-season safety tips from the DC MPD.