Tuesday, December 13, 2011


The holiday season is a time for crimes of opportunity. Keep these tips in mind this season:
Don’t leave packages in plain view in your vehicle – put them in your trunk.

If you will not be home for deliveries, have your items delivered to a neighbor who will be home.

Hold on to your money: Pickpockets have an easier chance to steal from you when shops are crowed. Always carry your purse tucked tightly under your arm, ladies. And for you men . . . it can happen to you too! Put your money and only necessary cards in your front pants pocket where it harder for a bad guy to get at it.

Don’t park in secluded or dark areas of the parking lot. Be patient and courteous while parking.

Try not to be the last to leave the store. Leave when the stores are still open and there are plenty of other shoppers in the parking lot.

Shopping with kids? Teach them to go to a store clerk or security guard if you get separated.

When you get home, remember this home safety reminder: Approximately 50% of all burglars enter the house via unlocked or open doors and/or windows. Keep all doors, including your garage door, closed and locked. Don’t display gifts where they can be seen from outside.

When out on the town:

With office parties and general Christmas celebrations, bars, restaurants and other venues that are often crowded during this season. Don't leave bags over the back of your chair and keep wallets and purses close to your body to make it more difficult for the pickpocket. Busy places makes it easier for the sneak thief, so be alert at all times. Make prior arrangements as to how you will get home. Avoid any potential disturbances on the street. Stay with friends if you can.

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