10 Tips for Being Safe During the Holidays!

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As we are approaching the holiday season, keep in mind that crime and violence tend to increase. Please see below for 10 safety recommendations:

  • Be sure before you open the door! Please be aware of false impersonators (ex. utility providers, cable companies, etc.)
  • Make sure to lock your vehicles. Don’t leave any items or merchandise visible in your car (particularly at parking lots)
  • Consider parking in a well-lighted lot or space when shopping
  • If you go away for the holidays, make sure to lock all doors and windows of your house/apartment. Consider using light timers to turn on and off while your away. Ask a trusted neighbor or friend to pick up your mail
  • Be aware of porch pirates (package thieves).
  • Avoid carrying large amounts of cash
  • Avoid using outdoor ATM’s at night
  • Hold on tight to your purse to avoid getting it snatched. Instead of carrying a pocket book consider a fanny pack or cross body bag
  • Be aware of phone and e-mail solicitations that require your personal information. Ask for a phone number to call them back.
  • Most importantly, pay attention to your surroundings. If you see something suspicious or criminal activity dial 9-1-1