Public Safety Tips for the Holidays
The Holiday Season is here, and with it, comes great expectations. Expressions of love and support for family and friends will take over our thoughts and actions. So, to make certain that we enjoy the Holidays as we expect to, without incident, let’s all remember some basics about staying safe.
Avoid driving at night
Keep all car doors locked and windows closed while in or out of your car
If you shop at night, park in a well-lighted area
Avoid parking next to vans, trucks or campers
Park as close as you can to your destination and remember where you parked
Never leave your car unattended with the motor running or with children inside.
Do not leave packages or valuables in plain sight, lock in your trunk
Keep your purse on you at all times. Do not set it down
Beware of your surroundings; do not walk to your car alone if there are suspicious people in the area.
When going to use the ATM make sure you are choosing one in a good location (inside a store, bank, mall, or in a well-lighted area). Withdraw only the amount of money you need at that time. Protect your pin by blocking the keypad from anyone who is standing near you. Do not throw your ATM receipt away in a public trash can, wait till you get home.
Shop during daylight hours; if you are going at night ask a friend or family member to join you
Avoid carrying large amounts of cash; if you’re carrying cash on you keep it in your front pocket
Notify the credit card company immediately if your card is lost or stole
Do not overload yourself with packages. It makes you a prime target for criminals
Teach your child to go to a store clerk and ask for help in case your child is separated from you
Never let your child go to the car or bathroom alone
Keep a close eye on your child at all times
Lock all doors and windows when home alone, going to bed and/ or leaving the house
Have outdoor lights on when it starts getting dark
Leave a light on in the house so it looks like someone is home
Strangers at your door
Be aware that criminals can pose as anyone so when answering the door be cautious and alert, and ask for identification.
Hosting/Attending a Party
Drink responsibly and safely. If you are drinking arrange for an official designated driver that is going to the party with you or find alternative transportation.
NEVER drink and drive!