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Holiday Safety Tips

Holiday Safety Tips—Wherever You Are!
At Home
If you are leaving town, stop newspaper and mail delivery; alert a trusted neighbor; install a timer on your interior and exterior lights; leave a car parked in the driveway or ask a neighbor to park in your driveway.
Don’t place boxes at your curbside which advertise any expensive items you just purchased (e.g., large screen TV box).
Trim bushes and landscaping back from windows; make sure exterior lighting is adequate around exterior of house.
Install deadbolt locks on all doors leading outside of residence, along with 3″ screws in the strike plate.
If you see any suspicious activity/people, call the Police Non-Emergency number (385-5000) immediately.
Participate in Neighborhood Watch; if you don’t have one in your community, now’s the time to start one up.
Join Nextdoor – it’s secure, tailored to residents in your immediate community, and provides a secure way for you to connect with your neighbors, on safety and more!
Shopping Safely
Park in well-lit areas; lock up your vehicle and take your keys with you; have your keys in your hand when returning to your vehicle.
Never leave your car running and unattended, even for a second.
Keep valuables and packages out of sight (preferably locked in trunk).
Make periodic trips with packages to your vehicle to avoid being overwhelmed and unable to react if approached or attacked.
If you are alone after dark, request an escort to your vehicle from mall or store security, or ask other citizens if you can walk out with them (there is safety in numbers).
Make sure to keep a close eye on children and talk to them about what to do if they get separated from you while shopping (how to find a trusted adult – police officer, security officer, or store clerk).
While You’re Out and About
·Always be aware of your surroundings – walk with your head up, shoulders back and constantly scan the area around you.
·Avoid walking, jogging or biking after dark, particularly alone, and stay in well-lit, populated areas
·Avoid wearing headphones (you will not hear someone approaching)
·If you are approached by an armed criminal demanding your valuables, comply with his or her request – your property is replaceable; you are not.

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