holiday season upon us are there any security
tips that you can share to help us stay safe
while shopping and enjoying the season with our
With the excitement and rush at this time of
year people sometimes become distracted and
vulnerable to theft and other crime. Some
safety tips include having a neighbor or family
member watch your home and retrieve your mail
and newspaper deliveries if you are away for an
extended period of time. Also, lights should be
kept on an automatic timer, and you may consider
leaving a radio or television on so the house
appears occupied. Displays of gifts which can
be seen outdoors should be avoided. Similarly,
never leave packages in plain view in your car.
possible, shop during daylight hours or with a
friend in the evenings. Stay alert to your
surroundings, and avoid carrying large amounts
of cash. If possible, pay for purchases with a
check or credit card. Notify your credit card
company immediately if your card is lost or
stolen, and keep a record of your credit card
numbers in a secure location.
carry a wallet or purse, be vigilant and aware
of your surroundings at crowded shopping
locations and transportation areas such as train
and bus stops as they are prime targets for pick
pockets. Make sure your purse is closed, and
try to carry it close to you, preferably in
front of your body instead of to your side. If
carrying a wallet, place it in an inside coat
pocket or front pants pocket, not in a rear
pants pocket or backpack.
carrying too many packages so that you can
maintain your freedom of motion and visibility,
and be vigilant of strangers who approach you
for any reason as it is common for criminals to
try different ways of distracting you in order
to take your wallet or purse.
holiday decorations, be sure that doors and
passageways remain clear inside of your home,
and that all décor is firmly mounted so that
children or family pets do not accidentally tip
the item(s) over. If using decorative lighting,
check the wiring to make sure that it is not
frayed as damaged wiring can cause a fire.
if you are attending any holiday parties do not
drink and drive. Make sure to have a
non-drinking designated driver with you if you
intend to consume any alcoholic beverages.
these safety tips in mind, I hope that you and
your family have a wonderful holiday season.
Holiday Safety Tips (pt.2)