Protect your purchases
The holiday season brings a lot of joy, but it can include some heartache if you’re not careful. It can also be a time of increased theft as we shop and prepare to give gifts. Florence Police recommend a few things to do to make sure you and your purchases are safe. Securing your purchase is important, says Officer Garrett Littrell.
“Ensuring that the car is locked. Even if you think there is a possibility of “Oh that would never happen to me” or “I am in a safe place” always lock your car and feel free to double check to make sure it is locked.”
There is also an increase in porch thefts for online purchases. Litterell says security cameras help identify thieves and can prevent package theft if they know it’s being recorded. And if you know you might be out of town, consider having a friend or neighbor secure your packages.
“The more it is placed in a mailbox or at the front doorstep, the more likely it is that someone will walk by and see it.”
Finally, he said while shopping than going out at night, try to park in a well-lit area or in high traffic areas for personal safety.
In Coquille yesterday, the high school was closed after two students apparently posted to social media a photo of a gun Monday night and followed it up with a photo of one of the students flipping out of the high school. The handguns were stolen as part of a home burglary in Coquille. Cockell Police Chief Scott Sanders said that out of an abundance of caution, the school was closed until police could investigate the situation. Eventually the police managed to locate both guns. One was in the possession of the minor and the other was at the burglary site. Chief Sanders said that as far as they knew the weapons had never been in the school, there was no specific threat to the school.
Business depends on local shoppers
Local businesses prepare for holiday shopping, and while some will miss the summer visitor, others say it’s the local shopper who keeps them going year-round and allows them to stay open. Sadie Ward with Stitch and Soul says that if it weren’t for the locals, things might be a lot different.
“You know I hire 6 or 7 people over the course of a year. I give so much to this community and I can do that because of the local support I get for my business every single day.”
Ward says she considers the tourism traffic a bonus. While Fridays across the country will mean high traffic and huge sales, Shop Small Saturday focuses on locally owned businesses in places like Florence.
Pet pics with Santa
The Oregon Coast Humane Society will offer another opportunity to take your pet picture with Santa. Santa will be at the Little Pet Market on Highway 101 on Saturday. Donations to the Humane Society will be accepted. Cash and food donations will be accepted. The photoshoot will be from 11:30 to 2:30 pm.