Holiday Safety Tips (Press Release)

by Public Information Officer, Thursday, November 20, 2014, 11:22 (1553 days ago)

Holiday Safety Tips
With Thanksgiving only a few days away, this marks the beginning of the holiday season. Many will be out shopping, traveling to see loved ones and of course, eating traditional Thanksgiving meal. Here are some tips for you to have a safer Holiday Season.
Shopping in Stores
• Avoid shopping alone, instead, go with a friend.
• Park in well-lit area close to your destination. Keep windows up and doors locked.
• Hold your purse close or keep your wallet in your front pocket.
• Have your keys out when returning to your car from shopping.
• Be alert to your surroundings.
• Avoid carrying large amounts of cash and only pull out as much as needed.
• Use ATM in daylight hours and have someone with you if you can.
• Purchase only what you can carry and don’t tempt thieves by setting bags down.
• Save all receipts and verify charges on your bank and credit card statements.
• Hide purchases in trunk of your car or drop them off at home. Don’t leave them in sight.
Shopping On-line
• Before on-line shopping, update your computer security software
• Use secure websites for purchases. Look for the lock icon in the address bar or the “https” in the address bar which show it is a secure site.
• Keep personal information private. Don’t keep passwords in your wallet, purse or written down near your computer.
• Do not respond to, click on links or open attachments from unknown senders.
• Using gift cards or temporary credit cards are good ways to prevent your personal credit card information from being stolen.
• Print online receipts or make copies and verify charges to your credit or debit card statements.
• If purchasing from an on-line person and you’re meeting with them, meet in a public place and use the buddy system.
Your Home
• Always lock doors and windows, set your alarm and have a trusted friend drop by to check on your house.
• Leave outside lights on at night as a deterrent.
• Do not have gifts visible from outdoors.
• Do not have packages delivered to your home when you are not there. Packages on porches are easy picking for thieves.
• Do not leave spare key outside of your house. Instead arrange for a neighbor or family member to keep a spare key.
Leaving Town
• Do not discuss travel plans with strangers or post on-line that you will be out of town for the holidays
• Have lights, televisions or radios on timers to give the appearance that someone is home.
• Have a friend pick up your mail and newspaper and have them check on your home.
• If you are leaving for an extended period of time you can request a random patrol at your home through police dispatch, 673-8331.

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