This holiday season, don’t let the spirit of giving lull you into giving burglars, thieves, and pickpockets an easier opportunity to victimize you. Here are some tips to help you celebrate safely this holiday season:
When You Are Out Shopping
- Stay alert and be aware of what’s going on around you.
- Always lock your car and close the windows, even if you’re only gone a few moments. When possible, lock all packages and personal items in the trunk of your car. Load your packages before departing, not at the next destination.
- Be extra careful with purses and wallets. Carry a purse keeping the flap against your body. Keep wallets in an inside pocket and avoid carrying large amounts of cash.
- Shopping with kids? Teach them to go to a store clerk or security guard if you get separated.
- Park in areas that will be well-lit when you return.
- When using an ATM or debit card, protect your PIN by shielding the ATM keypad from those standing around you.
Protect Your Home
- We all want our homes to reflect the joy of the season, but avoid displaying gifts where they can be seen from a window or doorway.
- Arrange to have packages delivered to a neighbor if you’re not home to receive them.
- Always lock your home’s doors and windows, even if you’re only going to be away for a few minutes.
- Compact or dispose of packaging discreetly. Criminals will often spot something you’ve discarded and can target you for their next burglary or theft.
- If you go out for the evening, leave an interior light on and turn on a radio or TV so it looks like someone is home.
- Inventory your home. Take photos or make videos of items and list descriptions and serial numbers. If your home is burglarized, having a detailed inventory can help identify stolen items and make police reports and insurance claims easier to file.
- When leaving town, have a trusted friend or neighbor take care of your home.
- The holiday season is a time of celebration. Drinking and driving is a danger to everyone on the road. If you choose to drink alcohol at a party, don’t drive – take a cab, or have a designated driver. Have fun, but remember to celebrate responsibly.
For emergencies call 9-1-1; to report all suspicious activity call 310-458-8491.