Holiday Safety

Holiday Safety
Posted on 12/08/2018
SHOP SMART
When holiday shopping this season, avoid showcasing any large amounts of cash when paying for goods. Doing so may attract the wrong kind of attention. Keep shopping bags out of view when leaving already purchased goods in vehicles while shopping. Park in well-lit areas and be aware of your surroundings when going to and from your car.

THINK BEFORE YOU POST
If you are planning to be away this holiday season, keep travel plans off social media networks. Never post where you are going, when you are leaving, or when you will return. This is prime information for thieves who benefit from knowing when your house will be unattended. Share vacation photos and posts when you return.

NOTIFY A NEIGHBOR
Notify a trusted neighbor of your travel plans Ask the neighbor to keep an eye on your house and report any suspicious activity. You’ll also want this neighbor to keep your walks cleared of snow and to pick up your mail and newspapers while you are away. Make sure your house looks like somebody is home to deter a burglar.

IT SHOULD APPEAR THAT SOMEONE IS HOME
A simple timer can be added to lights in your home to make it appear as if someone if home and turning them on/off as different times during the evening. Curtains should be left the way they normally are kept so that nothing seems different to anyone who may be watching. Also, it is hard for neighbors to notice any movement indoors and notify the police if curtains are closed.

KEEP VALUABLES HIDDEN
Ask a neighbor to take in any packages that are delivered in your absence. Pretty wrapped gifts under the Christmas tree looks nice, but is also an open invitation for a burglar. Try to keep your Christmas tree, with gifts underneath, away from windows. When you aren’t home, it’s easy to break through a window and grab all of your gifts. Put valuables away and out of sight.

REMOVE YOUR SPARE KEY
That plastic rock isn’t fooling anyone. If criminals figure out you’re away on vacation, it’s likely that he or she will check your porch for a spare key. So reach under the mat, into the mailbox, above the door frame or into the flower pot and remove your spare key before you leave on your vacation.

Holiday Safety with Trustee Patricia Gira