Here are some tips on how to celebrate safely this holiday season.
If you're going out of town:
Get an automatic timer for your lights. Ask a neighbor to watch your home, shovel snow, and park in the driveway from time to time. Don't forget to have mail and newspaper delivery stopped. If it piles up, it's a sure sign you're gone. Leave information on where you can be contacted in an emergency with a trusted neighbor and ask them to keep an eye on the house.
If you're out for the evening:
Turn on lights and a radio or TV so it looks like someone's home. Be extra cautious about locking doors and windows when you leave, even if it's just for a few minutes. Don't display gifts where they can be seen frm outside.
If you're shopping:
Stay alert and be aware of what's going on around you. Park in a well-lit space, and be sure to lock the car, close the windows, and hide shopping bags and gifts in the trunk. Avoid carrying large amounts of cash; pay with a check or credit card whenever possible. Deter pickpoclets and purse-snatchers. Don't overurden yourself with packages. Be extra careful with purses and wallets. Carry a purse close to your body, not dangling by the straps. Put a wallet in an inside coat or front pants pocket. Shopping with kids? Teach them to go to a store clerk or security guard if you get separated.
If a stranger comes to the door:
It's not uncommon for people to try to take advantage during the holidays by going door-to-door for charitable donations when there's no charity involved. Ask for an ID and ask questions. If you aren't satisfied, don't give.
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Have A Safe Holiday!