Keep Your Days Merry and Bright: Holiday Safety Tips
The holiday season is a time of joy and celebrations. But it is also a time when we typically see an increase in robberies, burglaries and thefts.
You can reduce your chances of becoming a victim by paying attention to your surroundings and being mindful of your own personal security. There are a number of things you can do while out in public and at home to help ensure that you – and your family – have a safe and happy holiday season.
Tips for staying safe in public:
- Do not leave packages or valuables in your car. If you must leave things in your car, put them in the trunk or somewhere out of sight before you reach your destination. Try to be as discreet as possible to avoid attracting the attention of a would-be thief.
- Park in busy, well-lit areas, particularly at shopping malls. The more isolated the area, the greater the chance a thief will strike.
- Use ATM machines during daylight hours only.
- There is safety in numbers – travel in groups with friends or co-workers.
- Avoid carrying a large amount of cash or multiple credit cards.
- Close zippers and snaps on purses, and secure the bag snuggly under your arm.
- Walk with your head up and be alert to potential danger. Avoid using your cellphone or other electronic devices until you are safely inside your car or the store.
Tips for staying safe at home:
- Cancel deliveries and have neighbors collect your mail and newspapers when you are traveling.
- Know your neighbors and be alert to anything suspicious in your neighborhood.
- Use a timer to turn on lights, a TV or a radio while you are away.
- Remember to keep exterior doors locked at all times, even when you are at home.
- Lock your car doors even when parked in your driveway.
About the Author
Donald W. Causey is the Corporate Director of Security Services at Cone Health