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Holiday Crime Prevention

140278725The Holiday Season is not only about giving, but stealing as well.  Approximately $1.3 billion of personal items, such as CDs, laptops, GPS systems, loose change, cell phones, DVD players, and iPods are stolen from vehicles each year.  During the holidays, spend a few minutes to take precautions to minimize your chances of becoming a victim.

Shopping Safety Tips

  • Do not overburden yourself with carrying too many packages.
  • Use ATM machines in visible and well-lit locations.
  • Shop during daylight hours.
  • Park under streetlights at night.
  • Lock packages in the trunk of your vehicle.  Merely covering up valuable items sends a message to thieves that something valuable is underneath.
  • Leave the store with others, especially at night. Think about going with a shopping buddy.
  • If you feel uncomfortable and if security is available, request an escort to your car.
  • Be wary of solicitors or people asking questions in the parking lot area.
  • Get off your phone! Being distracted makes you an easier target. Always be aware of who is around you.

Many of us travel during the Holiday season, leaving our homes unprotected and vulnerable for thieves.  Many thieves look for houses that are unsecure and dark. They do not want to take a lot of time to get into the house since it will increase their chances of getting caught. Here are some safety tips to avoid becoming a victim:

Travel Safety Tips

  • Do not post on social media that you are going out of town.
  • Turn off the GPS setting on your phone when posting pictures.
  • Lock all doors and windows; set household lights on timers.  If you have an alarm system – set it.
  • Motion activated outdoor flood lights will give them little places to hide.
  • Ask a trusted friend or neighbor to watch your house while you’re away.
  • Consider having a neighbor park a car in your driveway to make it appear as if someone is home.
  • Have your mail and newspaper delivery put on hold.
  • Many police departments have programs that will drive by your house while you are away. Call your local police department to see if they have a program.
  • Carry money separately from credit cards.
  • Do not leave valuables unprotected in your hotel room.  Many hotels have safes in the rooms or in the front office that guests can use.

We here at Military Special Needs Network wish you and your families a happy Holidays. May they be filled with joy and love. Stay safe!


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