Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson wants Hoosiers to be more responsible with their money this holiday season and has offered useful tips on ways to save. Lawson says her office has put together a smart shopping guide and will be releasing helpful tips on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest over the next five-weeks.
Secretary Lawson’s Top Five Tips
1) Don’t assume the best deals will be found on Black Friday or Cyber Monday. Some items – like toys, brand-name TVs, and Christmas decorations – drop in price much closer to the holiday. Exercise equipment, winter clothes, and international airfare prices drop in January and February.
2) Beware of restocking fees! You may have to pay for a returned item to be repackaged and replaced. Some retailers charge up to 25 percent or more, so it’s important to check the retailer’s return policy.
3) Don’t be afraid to ask for price adjustments. Hold onto your receipts and watch ads to see if the items you’ve purchased drop in price. Most stores will credit you the difference if you show them your receipt.
4) Pay with cash or use a debit card. When you run out of money, you’re done shopping. If staying on budget is important to you, then leave the credit cards at home.
5) Beware of free holiday lunches or dinner investment seminars! Scammers exploit emotions of loneliness during this time of year by providing free meals.
Secretary Lawson's office teaches Hoosiers about investment fraud and financial literacy through Indiana Investment Watch. The education program is funded primarily from fines imposed on violators of securities laws. Indiana Investment Watch has educational materials covering various types of fraud, as well as general financial literacy tools. Workshops and outreach events held throughout the state provide more in-depth information on detecting and avoiding scams. Secretary Lawson believes the most effective form of investor protection is investor education....
The LaPorte County Sheriff's Office is offering the public some tips to help prevent your family from becoming burglary victims this holiday season. The Sheriff's Office reports would-be thieves take advantage of you being out-of-town, so to assist law enforcement in helping to prevent burglaries they ask you secure all doors and windows in your home. Authorities also suggest using automatic timers to turn on house lights and to stop mail or newspaper delivery if out-of-town for an extended period.
Other tips include:
- Have a neighbor/relative remove snow to give appearance as if someone is home
- Report suspicious activity to law enforcement IMMEDIATLEY
- Record serial numbers to ALL valuables, and keep the list of numbers hidden
- Do not place “big box items” or valuable item boxes at curb for recycling/garbage as this just advertises to potential thieves. Rather, break down boxes and/or turn boxes inside-out.
The La Porte County Sheriff’s Department works hard to prevent burglaries, and solve those that do occur. Any civic organization that is interested in having a property crimes detective come and speak about this topic at greater length is asked to contact Sgt. Andy Hynek at 326-7700 Ext 2401....
(Photos Courtesy of Michigan City Police;
Above: Alexander Newton. Below: Isaac Newton)
Police in Michigan City report an investigation continues into two groups shooting at each other Wednesday afternoon, near the intersection of Vail Street and Michigan Boulevard, as numerous people were walking and a school bus with children were on the same block as the shots fired. Police report 21 year old Alexander Newton and 19 year old Isaac Newton have each been charged with criminal recklessness, carrying a handgun without a permit and resisting arrest. The 19 year old also faces a felony attempted battery charge. Police say there is a possibility of more arrests in the near future and thank the public for their support and help with this investigation.
In Schererville, police are advising employees to be aware of change you maybe receiving and to make sure for possible counterfeit bills. Commander Brian Neyhart says there have been five incidents of counterfeit bills being reported since Thursday and all of them have occurred at fast food restaurants. Commander Neyhart has the last two incidents occurred over the weekend at Culver's and Panera Bread. Neyhart says a ten dollar counterfeit bill was used at Panera bread and that counterfeit twenty-dollar bills have been used in the other incidents. The counterfeit money will be turned over to the Secret Service....
(Photo Courtesy of the Westville Correctional Facility)
A food service worker at the Westville Correctional Facility was arrested Saturday at the facility for felony trafficking with an offender. 30 year old Ranetta Shelton, of Gary, was arrested after she was unable to successfully clear a search of her personal property when entering the facility. Westville officials report Shelton was just hired in September and an investigation continues to determine what charges or internal disciplinary action maybe taken with any offender or offenders allegedly involved. ...
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