Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Top Ten Holiday List

Our folks in the Crime Prevention Unit put together some valuable tips for a more enjoyable holiday season.  Here are some points to ponder:
  1. Minimize the amount of cash and the number of debit or credit cards you carry. 
  2. Keep gift cards close and secure. They are easily redeemable and difficult to recover once they are stolen. 
  3. If you are shopping with small children, have a plan in place if you are separated. Teach them to get help from a store clerk or a police officer. 
  4. Stay alert and avoid talking on your cell phone while walking through parking lots.
  5. Do not overload yourself with packages and do not leave your purchases unattended, not even for a moment.
  6. Do not make multiple trips out to your car while shopping; purchases can be easily stolen from a locked trunk.
  7. Go immediately home after large purchases, such as televisions, computers, and jewelry. Criminals have been known to follow their victims to another destination and break into their car.
  8. When shopping online, ensure your computer is equipped with updated security software, you are shopping on secured websites and you are only using reputable company sites.
  9. After the holidays, do not advertise your gifts. Destroy the boxes and place them in a sealed opaque bag or trash can.
  10. If you see something suspicious, call the police immediately.
Remember, some of our fellow citizens are experiencing significant stress from the season, coupled with tough economic times.  An extra dose of patience and kindness will go a long way.  Happy Holidays!  Stay safe.

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