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Victoria Police Department Crime Prevention Officer Shares Tips for Holiday Safety and Security

Post Date:11/14/2018 9:21 AM

With the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays upon us, John Turner with the Victoria Police Department’s Crime Prevention Office offers some tips to keep citizens and their valuables safe.

Shoppers

  • Lock your car and take your valuables with you no matter where you park. When shopping, hide your purchases in your trunk or make them less obvious to passersby if you don’t have a trunk.
  • Park in well-lit areas as close to the stores as possible.

  • If you are doing a lot of shopping that requires several trips to your car, move your car each time in case someone is watching.

  • When you are walking from your car, stay off your cell phone. Be aware of your surroundings. Walk with your head up and with confidence. When you pass someone, nod to acknowledge their presence, which doubles as an assurance they know you have seen them.

  • If you have a license to carry a firearm, remember that not everywhere you are going allows you to carry on the premises.

  • Don’t carry a large amount of cash. If you’ve been to the bank to withdraw cash, take the money out of the envelope and put it in your pocket or purse.

  • Purses: Don’t carry them. Instead carry a small wallet with the essentials you will need to make your purchases.

  • To prevent identity theft or credit card abuse, don’t carry your Social Security card. Keep it at home in a safe place.

 

“Crime doesn’t necessarily go up” during the holidays, Turner said, “but opportunities do.”

If you plan to travel during the holidays:

  • Stop your mail and newspaper deliveries, or ask a neighbor to collect them for you.
  • If you have a house alarm, remember to set it.

  • Install exterior motion sensors or dusk-to-dawn lights.

  • Set your interior lights on a timer.

  • Don’t put your Christmas tree in the front window. This is an invitation to burglars to break a window, grab your gifts and flee in a hurry.

  • Create an inventory of your valuables such as electronics and jewelry. Simply photograph each item and its serial number then keep a copy of the photos in a safe place. After Christmas make sure you add any newly acquired valuables to your list.

 

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