Holiday Crime Prevention Tips
Car and Home
•ALWAYS lock your car and residence, even if you are away for only a few moments.
•Do NOT leave valuables - gifts, cell phones, purse or clothing - in open view in your car. Take valuables with you, lock them in your trunk, or cover them in an unobtrusive way.
•Leave lights turned on both inside and outside your residence after dark.
•If you will be away from home for several days, make arrangements for someone to pick up your mail and newspapers.
•Outside of the mall or shopping area, stick to well-lit, well-traveled streets, walkways and parking areas for both walking and parking.
•Always park in well-lit areas and park close to the entrance of the store or mall.
•Stay off the cell phone as you walk through parking lots and streets. It is a distraction, and your cell phone itself is a tempting target. Keep your full attention on your surroundings.
•Don't flash large amounts of cash or wear expensive jewelry or clothing.
•Carry a purse or shoulder bag close to your body, not dangling by straps. Put a wallet in an inside pocket of your coat or front pants pocket.
•Don't fumble for house or car keys. Have them in your hand, ready to use when you reach the door.
•Don’t electronically unlock your vehicle until you are within door opening distance. This helps stop a thief from getting into the car and waiting to strike when you least expect it.
•If you are ready to leave the mall and feel uneasy about entering the parking lot or garage by yourself, stay in the mall and ask for a security escort.
•Do not open your car door to anyone in a parking lot or garage. If you believe you are in danger, call 911 immediately.