Staying Safe During The Holiday Season
- Even though you are rushing and thinking about a thousand
things, stay alert to your surroundings and the people around
you. If possible, park your car in an area of high pedestrian
activity. Avoid remote areas.
- Lock your car and close the windows, even if you are only
gone for a few minutes.
- Loose change is a meal for a street person; they will break
your window for small change.
- Your cell phone can be sold and reprogrammed and is a sought
item for theft.
- A laptop computer will keep a drug user in a high state, at
- Lock your packages out-of-sight in the trunk. Place your
valuables in the trunk before you get to your destination, not
after. The thief may be watching.
- Be sure and lock your car, many opportunists simply look for
- If waiting for a ride from a friend or public transportation,
do so in busy, well-lit places. - Consider security film for
- Always report a theft to the police.
- Teach your children to go to the store clerk and ask for help
if you become separated while shopping. They should never go to
the parking lot or the car alone.
- Avoid carrying large amounts of cash. Pay for purchases with
a check or credit card when possible; and if the credit card
receipt has carbons, ask for these too. Notify issuers
immediately if your credit card is lost, stolen, or misused.
- Be extra careful with purses and wallets. They may become
targets for crime in crowded shopping areas, at bus stops, and
on public transportation.
- Avoid overloading yourself with packages. It is important to
have clear visibility and freedom of motion to avoid mishaps.
- At home, be extra cautious about locking doors and windows
when you leave the house, even for a few minutes. Leave lights
and a radio or television on so the house looks occupied. Do not
put large displays of holiday gifts in view of your windows or
- If you go away for the holidays, try to keep your home
appearing "lived in"; get an automatic timer for your lights.
Have a neighbor watch your home and pick-up your newspapers and
- If you use lights on your tree, make sure that they are in
good working order.
- Immediately mark your new gifts with your driver's license
number and note all serial numbers, keeping records in a safe
- Remember to be a good friend and neighbor this holiday
season. Share these tips with others in your family and
neighborhood. Also, why not get your neighborhood together and
go caroling. Do not forget the elderly and other people who
might be especially lonely during the holidays. Soon, you may
wish to form a neighborhood watch group. People helping people,
that's what it is all about!
- Lastly, when hosting a party, find alternative transportation
for intoxicated guests; and when going out drinking, please
remember: Don't Drink and Drive!
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