To help ensure the holidays are safe for you and your family, Sheriff David Davis and the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office want to share the following important safety tips:

Parking Lot Safety Tips for Holiday Shoppers

  • Always make sure to lock your vehicle and hide valuables, preferably in the trunk or locked compartment.
  • If it is dark when you are out, park and walk in well-lit areas and carry keys in your hand.
  • Stay alert to your surroundings and take a moment to look around for possible suspicious persons, vehicles, and/or situations.
  • Prior to getting into your vehicle take a look inside and around before entering your vehicle. If anything looks suspicious or if your vehicle has been burglarized, call your local law enforcement agency.
  • Keep your cellphone charged and with you while shopping.

When you’re out shopping for the holidays, stay alert to surroundings

  • When in crowded places, be alert.
  • Don’t overload yourself with packages.
  • Be aware of what’s going on around you to avoid potential threats.
  • Be wary of strangers approaching you for any reason.
  • When possible, avoid wearing expensive jewelry and carrying large amounts of valuables.
  • Never leave personal belongings unattended.
  • As an added precaution, make sure you have a record of all your credit card numbers in a secure place at home in case they are ever lost or stolen.

Shop with Friends, there is safety in numbers

  • Always remember there is safety in numbers. Plan to shop with friends and relatives instead of going out alone.
  • Make sure everyone remains alert and looks out for each other.


Holiday safety tips for business owners: 

  • Keep your business well lighted at night, inside and out.
  • Don’t block store windows
  • Keep delivery doors locked and know who is on the other side prior to opening the   door.
  • Do not keep large sums of money in the store during store hours.
  • Do not keep large sums of money in the store overnight.

If you see something suspicious call the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office at 478-751-7500, your local law enforcement agency, or 911.