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Holiday Crime Prevention Tips

Criminals look for easy opportunity when deciding to commit a crime. It's important not to give them the chance to spoil your holiday celebration, so be street smart when it comes to your personal safety and property. 

Shopping Safety

  • Avoid carrying large amounts of cash; Use a single credit card or checks whenever possible.
  • If you carry a purse, keep it close to your body, zipped, and in front of you.
  • Walk with confidence! A criminal will target someone who looks distracted.
  • Try not to carry numerous large packages. You will not be able to keep track of your purse or wallet.
  • Park your car in a well-lit parking lot and walk to the car with your keys in hand.
  • Items of value are tempting to a criminal; use the trunk to store purchases.

 Con Games

  • Use caution when approached to donate to holiday charities. Research the charity before you give them your hard-earned money.
  • Be suspicious of charities that take "cash only" donations.
  • Use caution when giving your credit card number over the phone.

 Safety at Home

  • Always lock your home anytime you leave, and keep the blinds closed so that no one can look in and see expensive electronics or gifts.
  • Lock your vehicle - even when it is in your driveway - and remove all valuables.