Protect Yourself from Crime and Other Dangers During the Holidays

The holiday season brings a great deal of fun, excitement and special times with family and friends. And the season also brings a special set of risks for crime, fire and other dangers in your home and out on the town.

Remember the following tips for staying safe during the holidays.

Safe Shopping Tips

  • Shop during daylight hours whenever possible, and if you must go at night, go with someone else.
  • Dress casually and comfortably.
  • Don’t wear expensive jewelry or carry other valuables. Do not leave valuables in your vehicle.
  • Carry your purse in front of you or keep your wallet in a coat pocket or the front pocket of your pants.
  • Stay alert, even with all the hustle and bustle around you.
  • Avoid carrying large amounts of cash.
  • Pay for purchases with a check or credit card if possible.
  • Notify your credit card company immediately if your card is lost or stolen.
  • Beware of strangers approaching your for any reason. Con artists, pick pockets and “shoulder surfers” are rampant at this time of year.
  • If you must use an ATM, use one that is located inside a well-lit location, and withdraw only the amount of cash you need. Shield your PIN number from anyone standing near you.

 Secure Your Home from Crime and Other Dangers

  • Lock your doors and windows when you leave the house.
  • If you will be traveling for the holiday, have a neighbor watch the house for you and pick up newspapers and mail. Or, stop mail and newspaper delivery while you are away.
  • Put indoor and outdoor lights on automatic timers.
  • Do not leave large amounts of holiday gifts visible from outside the home.
  • Do not block doorways and household traffic patterns with a Christmas tree or other decorations.
  • Make sure your Christmas tree is properly secured so it cannot be pulled down or fall on top of someone.
  • Do not use Christmas lights that have damaged or frayed wiring.
  • Keep your natural Christmas tree watered at all times.
  • Never place wrapping paper in your fireplace.

Stay Safe While Hosting and Attending Parties

  • Make non-alcoholic beverages available to party guests. Also have alternative transportation available for those who do drink alcohol.
  • Arrange for designated drivers for party guests.
  • Make sure you eat something before consuming alcoholic beverages.
  • Know your safe limit. Never drink and drive.

Don’t let an accident, a home break-in or some other type of crime ruin your holiday. Be alert and stay safe and secure

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