Safe and Sound Holiday Tips

The holidays are a time to reflect on the blessings we’ve received throughout the year, and a time to share those blessings with the ones we love.  Unfortunately, the holidays are also a time when thieves and con artists are on the lookout for easy targets.  To help keep your holiday season a joyful one, we’d like to offer some tips on how to keep your home, your car, your possessions, and your family safe.

Shopping Safety

  • If you’re like me, the prospect of hauling kids, bags, AND a purse in and out of a store can be overwhelming. Resist the temptation to leave your purse in the car while shopping – it takes only seconds for a thief to smash the window and grab your purse. The bad guy may be disappointed by the contents but you’ll be really bummed when you have to pay to replace your window.
  • ALWAYS lock your car and completely roll up the windows – even if you plan to be gone for a moment.
  • Conceal all packages, merchandise, and goodies from view.
  • Remain aware of your surroundings and alert to the people in the vicinity.
  • Don’t linger in your parked car to check your phone messages, balance your checkbook, or anything else. Get in, lock your doors, and drive to your next destination to prevent potential parking lot crimes.
  • There is strength in numbers. Shopping is not only more-enjoyable but safer when you shop with someone else.
  • Keep your keys in your hand as you approach your car or house. Keys can be used as a weapon if you are ever attacked.
  • Park in well-lit areas. If you need to return to your car after dark and have any concerns, request that a security guard or other store employee accompany you to your vehicle.

Home Safety

  • Don’t overload electrical outlets or extension cords with too many lights or appliances.
  • Remember to extinguish those delightfully-scented candles before leaving the house or going to bed.
  • Displaying wrapped gifts under the tree is lovely. Just make sure that gifts aren’t visible from windows to prevent intruders from hauling off with your presents.
  • If you have a mail-order holiday, coordinate with a neighbor or other helper to keep an eye out for packages left on your porch. Those items can be easily stolen and draw attention to the fact that you aren’t home.
  • Double check that all doors and windows are locked when you leave the house.
  • Hide your trash. Would-be thieves and burglars can easily case your trash to know whether there is something irresistible inside that would make it worth their while to break in.
  • Coordinate with a trusted friend or neighbor to check in on your house when you leave town.
  • Try to resist the temptation to publicly post on Facebook or Twitter when you are going to be away from home.
  • If you are ever the victim of a crime, contact local authorities immediately and spread the word to neighbors to be on the look out!

From our family to yours, we wish you a happy, healthy, and safe holiday season!

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