Holiday Safety Tips
During the year
end holidays, people are often busy, excited, and sometimes a little
bit careless. The following crime prevention tips can go a long way
towards ensuring a safe and happy holiday season...
cautious about locking doors ands windows when you leave your
house or apartment, even for a few minutes.
holiday gifts where they can be seen from a window or doorway.
Store gifts before you go away on a holiday trip.
If you go out
for the evening, turn on lights and a radio or television so the
house or apartment looks occupied.
If you take a
holiday trip away from your home, have some interior lights
activated by an automatic timer. Have a neighbor or family
member watch your house, shovel new snow, pick up the mail and
newspaper ands park his or her car in your driveway from time to
Be wary of
strangers soliciting for charitable donations. They may attempt
to take advantage of people's generosity during the holidays.
Ask for identification, how donated funds are used, if
contributions are tax deductible, etc. If you aren't satisfied
with the answers, don't give.
after the holidays, mark new gifts with an identification number
and/or record new serial numbers.
boxes from purchases (especially TV's, VCR's, computers, etc.)
out at the curb or visible for trash pickup.
dark if possible. Try to coordinate shopping trips with a
friend. Never park in an unlit lot or area, no matter how
convenient it is!
packages and gifts in the vehicle's trunk. Keep your doors
locked and windows closed.
carrying large amounts of cash. Pay for purchases with a check,
credit card, or debit card when possible.
purse-snatchers, don't overburden yourself with packages. Have
purchases delivered whenever practical.
careful with purses and wallets. Carry a purse under your arm.
Keep a wallet in an inside jacket pocket, not a back trouser
children to go to a store clerk or security guard and ask for
help if you become separated. They should never go into parking
Holiday Party Safety!
non-alcoholic beverages available for party guests.
something to eat before serving alcoholic beverages. High
protein foods stay in the stomach longer and slow absorption of
alcohol into the system.
alternative transportation for intoxicated persons. Don't let
guests drink and drive!
like to take advantage of crowds in stores, on the street and on
public transportation. Many work in teams with one distracting
the victim while the other does the actual pick pocketing.
Beware of anyone who jostles you. It may be accidental but,
then again, it may not. For women who carry a purse, one that
has a flap which folds over the opening and fastens at the
bottom is preferable to one that opens simply by turning a clasp
at the top. Men who carry wallets or a money clip should keep
them in inner or side pockets rather than rear trouser pockets.
Have a Safe and
Happy Holiday Season!!
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