10 Tips for Being Safe During the Holidays!

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



Anti-Graffiti Agencies

Woof, Woof is the sound we dogs’ make when we sense crime. While there are some people who enjoy the aspects of Graffiti, there are others who view it as problematic. Graffiti can be viewed as art, but not when it’s affecting someone’s property or community. If you see Graffiti on the following locations in your neighborhood, call these numbers to have it removed:

Homes and Businesses   3-1-1

Street Signs and Traffic Signals 3-1-1

Public Schools (215-400-6434)

News Stands (610-800-6455)

Newspaper Boxes (610-292-6312)

Mailboxes (215-895-8610)

Septa Bridges (215-580-7800)

PGW Property (215-684-6288)

PECO Property (800-494-4000 Press 0)

Municipal Buildings 3-1-1

Center City District (215-440-5500)