Holiday Safety Tips
- To deter forced entry install single or double cylinder deadbolt locks on doors (3-inch wood screws minimum). Lock doors and windows when you leave home, even if it’s just for a few minutes. Do not leave key in door (s)!
- Don’t display gifts where they can be seen from the outside.
- Consider breaking boxes down and transporting to a recycling center instead of setting them at the curb.
- Conduct a holiday inventory. Take photographs or make videos of items and list descriptions and serial numbers. Keep photos/video in a secure place for future reference. If your home is burglarized, having a detailed inventory can help identify stolen items and make insurance claims easier to file. Make sure items like TVs, DVDs, DVD players, stereo equipment, cameras, camcorders, sports equipment, jewelry, silver, computers, home office equipment and power tools are on the list.
- If you are at home and you hear someone breaking into your residence, leave the residence as quickly as possible. If you cannot leave, lock yourself in a room with a phone and call the police.
- When you leave home, use at least two timers for turning on lights within the residence. Also turn on a radio or a television. This will give the appearance that the home is occupied.
- Upon your return, if something looks questionable such as a slit screen, a broken window or an open door, do not go in. Call the police from a neighbor’s house or cell phone.
- Report any suspicious activity to 9-1-1 immediately. When in doubt, call 9-1-1!
- Neighbors watching out for each other can deter criminal activity in a neighborhood. Consider starting a Neighborhood Watch holiday tradition by looking in on neighbors and reaching out in the spirit of the season.
- Never leave your vehicle running and unattended. Also, do not leave a spare key inside the vehicle.
- Do not leave valuables such as laptop computers, cell phones and chargers, cash, loose change, radar detectors, detachable stereo covers, GPS, Palm Pilots, CDs, and sports equipment in view.
- Keep a record of all your serial numbers for stereo equipment, amplifiers, and other personal items.
- If you choose to drink alcohol at a party, DO NOT drink and drive.
- Do not create or send text messages while driving.
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