Law enforcement officials often notice an increase in crime during the holidays.
They offer the following tips to make the Christmas season safer.
Be extra cautious about locking doors when you leave home, even for a few minutes.
If you go out in the evening, turn on lights and radios or televisions so the house appears and sounds occupied.
Don’t display gifts where they can be seen from a window or doorway. Store gifts before you go on a holiday trip.
Check to ensure electronics and appliances are marked with your driver’s license number and your state’s initials.
Be wary of strangers coming to your door asking for donations.
Beware of package deliverers who have the “wrong” address.
Lock any gifts bought during lunch hour in a safe place.
Keep your purse or wallet with you at all times or locked in a drawer or closet.
If you see unauthorized people in areas where they shouldn’t be, call company security immediately.
Offer to help a co-worker who is a victim of a crime.
Give a ride home to a co-worker who drank too much at a company Christmas party.
Shop before dark and with a friend, if possible.
Never park in an unlit lot.
Lock packages in the trunk.
Have keys in hand when returning to your car, and check the interior before entering.
Pay with a check or credit card; don’t carry large amounts of cash.
Hold onto your purse or wallet. Don’t leave it in a cart for even a minute.