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Holiday Crime Prevention Tips
Posted Date: 11/26/2013

HOLIDAY CRIME PREVENTION TIPS

At Home

    • Be aware that sometimes criminals will pose as couriers delivering gifts to case your home or
      to commit a crime immediately. 
    • Be aware of scams that criminals commit to take advantage of people's generosity during the
      holidays.
    • Be cautious about locking your windows and doors even when you leave the house for a short
      period of time.
    • When you leave your home for extended holiday travel, have a neighbor or friend watch your
      home while you’re away. Have them collect your mail and newspapers while you're gone. DO
      NOT PUBLICIZE YOUR TRIP ON SOCIAL MEDIA (i.e. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram…).
    • When you leave your home for short trip, place lights, radio, and television on timers so that
      your home appears occupied.
    • Avoid having large displays of gifts visible from windows and doors.

Shopping

    • Always let someone know where you are going, who you are with, and when you will return.
    • Even though you are rushed and thinking of a thousand different things always be aware of
      your surroundings.
    • Minimize shopping at night or alone; you are more susceptible to being victimized at night or
      while alone. 
    • Avoid carrying large amounts of cash. Take only the cash you need or pay with a credit card or
      ATM card; carry only as many cards as you will need.
    • If you must use an ATM, use one inside of a well-populated building or a well-lighted area. Only
      withdraw the amount of cash that you will need for that day.
    • Protect your PIN from the view of other people near the ATM.
    • Keep a record of all your credit card numbers at home in a safe location. Report lost or stolen
      credit cards immediately.
    • Be extra careful when carrying a wallet or purse; only carry what you absolutely need in them.
      They are prime targets for criminals in crowded shopping areas, transportation terminals, and
      bus stops.
    • Avoid overloading yourself with packages whether on your person or in your vehicle.