The holidays are a busy time of year when many of are shopping and running errands to prepare for the festivities. It is also a time when criminals are out and about looking for easy targets. Therefore, it is very important that residents stay alert during the hectic holiday season.
• When shopping, park your car in a well-lit area.
• Never place packages on floors or counters or leave them unattended when purchasing additional items.
• Lock your packages and gifts in your vehicle’s trunk. If you have no trunk be certain they are out of sight.
• Parked cars should have all windows tightly closed and all doors locked.
• Always have your car keys readily available in your hand before you walk to your car and scan interior of car to be sure no one is hiding inside.
• Women should carry their purses under their arms and men should carry their wallets in an inside coat pocket or front pant pocket.
• Avoid carrying large amounts of cash. Whenever possible, pay for purchases with checks or credit cards.
• Beware of strangers approaching you for any reason. Criminals may try various methods of distraction with the intent of taking money or belongings.
Home Safety Tips
• Be extra cautious about locking doors and windows when you leave the house.
• Large displays of holiday gifts should not be visible through the windows and doors of your home.
• When going on trips or just out for the evening, use automatic timers to turn indoor lights off and on to make it appear you are at home.
• Install automatic timer or sensor lights on the outside of your home.
• When leaving home for an extended time, have a neighbor or family member watch your house and pick up your newspapers and mail.
• Leave a radio or television on so the house looks and sounds occupied.
• Be sure your Christmas tree is mounted on a sturdy base so children or elderly persons cannot pull it over on themselves.
• If you use lights on your Christmas tree ensure the wiring is not damaged or frayed. Frayed or damaged wiring can cause a fire.
• Place your Christmas tree in water or wet sand to keep it green.
• Never place wrapping paper in your fireplace.