It is the time of year when people will be out holiday shopping. Each year at our last community meeting before the holiday break we give out safety tips. Here are some of them.
1. Do not leave purchases visible in your car.
2. If you are at the mall and take packages to your car and wish to continue shopping. Put packages in your trunk. Drive to another section of the mall. The person who may be watching you may think you have left.
3. Use ATM machines in well lit places and do not stand there and count your cash.
4. Take note of where you park your car. Have your keys in your hand. Do not fish around in pockets or purses looking for your keys at your car or at your front door. Leave a light on in the house and garage. If something looks suspicious do not enter and call 911.
5. Pay attention to your surroundings no matter where you are.
6. The big flat screen tv, computer, home theater system etc…came in a box. Break them down and put them in garbage bags for trash collection. That big box might impress your neighbors but someone driving through your community may be a burglar looking for a target.
7. Guard your credit/debit cards. Instead of signing your name on the back of your card, sign it ASK FOR ID. This way if your card is stolen, someone could find and attempt to use it before you miss it. A cashier will turn it to see if it is signed. When she sees this she will ask for ID. The person using your card will not have that.
8. Candles are a holiday favorite. Do not light them and leave them where kids, company or your pet can knock them over and never leave them burning unattended if possible.
9. Live trees need a lot of water to keep them from drying out.
10. Fried Turkey is the rage. Do not put the fryer on your deck, in your garage, in the house, in the driveway next to the car. Put them in the middle of the yard and keep a fire extinguisher near by. If on grass, wet the grass around the fryer. Hot grease can ignite dry grass.
More importantly, Have a Happy Holiday
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