Holiday Safety tips
– Make sure to keep big expensive presents out of the windows (especially if your tree is in the window).
– Be cautious when disposing empty packages or boxes, so that you are not advertising high-dollar purchases or gifts.
– Trim shrubs so a burglar can be visual from the street.
– Burglars know how to look for spare keys. They know to look under rocks, flowerpots and above door ledges.
– Don’t post your family name on your mailbox or place of residence! A burglar can call directory assistance to get your telephone number and call your home while standing in front of your house to confirm that you are gone.
– It is not uncommon for strangers to pose a maintenance crew, a messenger or delivery person. Monitor all visitors, always escort them and also verify business cards and state issued ID’s.
– It is not uncommon for criminals to take advantage of the generosity of people during the holiday season by soliciting donations door-to-door for charitable causes although no charity is involved.
– When out shopping, be careful carrying large amounts of cash. Credit/Debit card is preferred. Crooks prey on distracted shoppers.
– When shopping, lock all packages securely in your trunk, not inside your car where they are visible. Make sure you look around and check your surroundings before you do this. If they see you, they can still break in and steal items you just placed in the trunk.
– Be alert for pickpockets on the street and in crowded cramped places. Fasten pockets, if you have zippers on anything, zip them and turn purse flaps toward your body with your hand covering it for extra safety.
– If you must shop at night, park in a well-lighted area as well as areas with high visibility. Bring a noisemaker or whistle just in case.
– Avoid parking next to vans, trucks with camper shells, or cars with tinted windows as that is where criminals tend to lurk.
– Park as close as you can to your destination and take notice of where you parked to avoid any dangers.
– Make sure you have your keys in hand before you go to your car.
– Securely hold your parcels and presents and do not put them down on top of the car to open your door.
– Beware of strangers approaching you for any reason. At this time of year, “con-artists” may try various methods of distracting you with the intention of taking your money or belongings.
– Teach your child to go to a store clerk and ask for help in case your child gets lost or separated from you.
– Still feel unsafe? Ask a security officer for an escort before leaving your shopping location.