Originally created 11/26/05

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Crime prevention tips

Shopping during the holiday season can be dangerous, and not just when you're reaching for an Xbox 360.

During the holidays you're busy and distracted, and that gives thieves plenty of opportunity to strike.

The following tips from the Los Angeles Police Department Crime Prevention Section can help you be more careful, prepared and aware during the holiday season:

- Shop during daylight hours whenever possible. If you must shop at night, go with a friend or family member.

- Dress casually and comfortably.

- Avoid wearing expensive jewelry.

- Do not carry a purse or wallet, if possible.

- Always carry your Driver's License or Identification Card along with necessary cash, checks and/or a credit card you expect to use.

- Even though you are rushed and thinking about a thousand things, stay alert to your surroundings.

- Avoid carrying large amounts of cash.

- Pay for purchases with a check or credit card when possible.

- Keep cash in your front pocket.

- Notify the credit card issuer immediately if your card is lost, stolen or misused.

- Keep a record of all of your credit card numbers in a safe place at home.

- Be extra careful if you carry a wallet or purse.

Source: Los Angeles Police Department Crime Prevention Section

Today in regional history:

NOV. 26, 1974

The statues of angels look over the decaying church. Paint and plaster peel from its walls. Cobwebs grace its catacomb ceiling. A small puddle bears evidence to a leak in the roof.

This is historic Sacred Heart Church today.

No amount of sentiment can hide the fact that the 74-year-old church apparently is not fit for use in its present condition. Visiting the inside of the stately old church on Greene Street with Father William Simmons, pastor of Most Holy Trinity Church, successor to Sacred Heart, one could see the church has fallen into an almost irreparable state.

After "professional consultation, study and deliberation" by the parish council of the Most Holy Trinity Church, the council decided recently that the church should be razed.


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