Shopping Local and Safety Tips From Maricopa Sheriff’s Office
By The Town Of Queen Creek
The holiday season is all about giving, and shopping local gives back to your community. When you shop and dine in Queen Creek, you support community programs and services such as parks, recreation programs, roadway improvements, and public safety. Staying local keeps your tax dollars in Queen Creek, helping the local economy.
The Town would like to thank residents for participating in Small Business Saturday on Saturday, Nov. 24. The campaign encourages people to shop at small businesses the Saturday after Thanksgiving.
To help increase awareness of local businesses and the benefits of shopping local, the Town offers a Shop Queen Creek program. To register your Queen Creek business in the Shop QC program, complete an online registration form at QueenCreek.org/ShopQC. There is no cost to join and benefits include a listing on the Town’s website, promotional support through the Town’s social media channels and access to a variety of marketing and promotional opportunities. Businesses must be in the Town limits and/or be a member of the Queen Creek Chamber of Commerce.
Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) District 6 – Queen Creek encourages residents to stay alert while shopping.
- Bring only the cash and credit cards you need. Keep cash separate from ID and credit cards.
- Be alert! Your purse or wallet may be a target in crowded shopping areas. Be wary of those creating distractions.
- Limit the use of cell phones and other devices when in public areas—your awareness level is compromised.
- Use ATMs located in well-lit areas and only withdraw the amount of cash you need.
- Protect your PIN by shielding the ATM keypad and do not throw your ATM receipt away.
- Always lock your car and store items out of sight. Don’t leave valuables in your car.
- If shopping at night, park in well-lit areas. Always be aware of your surroundings.
- When shopping online, only do business with companies you know and only shop at secure websites.
- Check your credit card and bank statements regularly for fraudulent use; report any fraudulent charges to your bank, the credit bureaus and law enforcement.
Help local businesses whether they are in Queen Creek, San Tan Valley, or neighboring municipalities.
With over 553,779 Small Businesses in Arizona, they represent 1 million employees which is 44.5% of Arizona Employees based on recent numbers released by the Small Business Administration.
Small businesses created 39,570 net jobs in 2015. Firms employing fewer than 20 employees experienced the largest gains, adding 22,287 net jobs. The smallest gains were in firms employing 100 to 499 employees, which added 4,721 net jobs.