Hillsborough County
David Gee, Sheriff
Tampa, FL
  • The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office and area malls would like to offer shoppers the following tips for safe shopping:
     

    Click to Download Safe Shopping Poster


     Be aware of your surroundings. Look around, up ahead, and behind you before entering or exiting the safety and security of your vehicle or shopping mall.

     Park in well lit, highly visible, and heavily trafficked areas of a parking lot or parking garage. Always try to park as close as you can to an entry or exit door of the shopping mall.


     Be sure to lock your car! Double check that all car doors are locked and that the windows are rolled all the way up before you leave your car unattended. Engage your car's audible alarm system, if equipped.

     When shopping at night, try to avoid going alone. Bring a friend or family member to come shopping with you.

     Teach your children to immediately go to an information desk, a front counter, or to try to find a store clerk, a security guard, or a law enforcement officer to help them in the event that they should ever become lost or separated from you while shopping.

     Be mindful of your purses and wallets. Keep purses held tight under your arm, not hanging off your shoulder or in a shopping cart. Keep wallets in an inside jacket pocket or front pants pocket.

     Avoid carrying excessive amounts of cash or credit cards. Take only what you need for your purchases. Keep the records and card numbers of all of your credit cards in a secure location, should you ever need them to report them lost or stolen.

     Don't overburden yourself when carrying out bags or packages to the car. Always store and secure any items of value, purchases, or packages in the trunk of your car. Keep them out sight!

     When leaving the shopping mall, always have your keys in your hand, ready to go. That way you can enter your car as quickly as possible. Also, in the event of an emergency, you can activate you car's audible alarm via the "panic button" on your key chain, if equipped.

     Most importantly, always report any/all suspicious persons, vehicles, or activity you observe immediately to mall security and/or local law enforcement.

    Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office:

    Non-Emergency Dispatch – (813) 247-8200

    Sheriff's Office Information – (813) 247-8000

    In the event of an emergency, please dial 911!

    www.hcso.tampa.fl.us

    University Mall:

    University Mall Shopping Line – (813) 971-3465

    University Mall Security – (813) 977-6921

    www.universitymalltampa.com

    Westfield Brandon

    Main Office - (813) 661-5100

    Security Office - (813) 661-5231

    www.westfield.com/brandon

    Westfield Citrus Park

    Main Office - (813) 926-4600

    Security Office - (813) 926-4186

    www.westfield.com/citruspark

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