It’s the holiday time again!
This is the time where many of us are busy, with not only everyday things, but with shopping, holiday decorating, parties, and much more. This is also the time where we need to be careful in protecting our families and homes from burglaries, identity theft, and assault.
The holidays can be a time where potential criminals use it to their advantage because often times we are distracted and staying vigilant.
Here are a few simple reminders for home and shopping safety during the holiday season.
1. Be extra cautious about locking ALL windows and doors when you leave the house, even if you’re gone for only a few minutes. Also, make sure that your windows and doors are properly bolted for added security.
2. Be careful of large displays of holiday gifts visible through windows and doors of your home. This can be too tempting for “would be” burglars.
3. If you’re leaving your home for any extended length of time, have a neighbor, friend, or family member keep an eye on your home and pick up newspapers and mail.
4. Have indoor and outdoor lights on an automatic timer.
5. If possible, leave a radio or television on to give the appearance of an occupied home.
1. Try to do your holiday shopping during daylight hours, if possible. If you have to shop at night, go with a friend or family member.
2. Dress comfortably and casually, and avoid wearing expensive jewelry.
3. Try NOT to carry a purse or wallet, if possible. Always carry your driver’s license or ID card, checks or credit cards that you plan on using for your shopping excursion. Try to keep these items in a front pocket.
4. Avoid carrying large amounts of cash. Try to pay for purchases with a check or credit card whenever possible.
5. If your credit card(s) are lost or stolen, notify the credit card issuer immediately. Also, if it has been stolen, notify the police and file a report. Make sure to keep a record of ALL your credit card numbers in a safe place at home.
6. ALWAYS stay alert to your surroundings.
7. Avoid overloading yourself with packages. Make sure that you have a clear visibility and are able to move around freely.
8. Keep packages out of plain view in your car. Put them in the trunk or out of plain sight.
9. Beware of strangers approaching you for ANY reason. This time of year where there are many “con artists” that will try to distract your attention to take your belongings or money.
Most of all, have a wonderful holiday season with family and friends.
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