oIf possible, park your car in an area of ??high pedestrian activity. Avoid remote areas.
oLock your car and close the windows, even if you are only gone for a few minutes.
oLoose change is a meal for a street person; they will break your window for small change.
oYour cell phone can be sold and reprogrammed and is a bought after item for theft.
oA laptop computer will keep a drug user in a high state, at your expense.
oLock your packages out-of-sight in the trunk. Place your valuables in the trunk before you get to your destination, not after, the thief may be watching.
oBe sure and lock your car, many opportunists simply look for unlocked cars.
oIf waiting for a ride from a friend or public transportation, do so in busy, well-lit places.
oConsider security film for your automobile's windows.
oAlways report a theft to the police.
oTeach your children to go to the store clerk and ask for help if you become separated while shopping. They should never go to the parking lot or the car alone.
oAvoid carrying large amounts of cash. Pay for purchases with a check or credit card when possible; and if the credit card receipt has carbons, ask for these too. Notify issuers immediately if your credit card is lost, stolen, or misused.
oBe extra careful with purses and wallets. They may become targets for crime in crowded shopping areas, at bus stops, and on public transportation.
oAvoid overloading yourself with packages. It is important to have clear visibility and freedom of motion to avoid mishaps.
oAt home, be extra cautious about locking doors and windows when you leave the house, even for a few minutes. Leave lights and a radio or television on so the house looks occupied. Do not put large displays of holiday gifts in view of your windows or doors.
oIf you go away for the holidays, try to keep your home appearing "lived in". Get an automatic timer for your lights. Have a neighbor watch your home and pick-up your newspapers and mail.
oIf you use lights on your tree, make sure that they are in good working order.
oImmedately mark your new electronic gifts with your driver's license number (as long as it is not your social security number), and note all serial numbers, keeping records in a safe place.
oRemember to be a good friend and neighbor during vacation and holiday times: Share these tips with others in your family and neighborhood. Soon, you may wish to form a neighborhood watch group. People helping people, that is what it is all about!
oAnd lastly, when hosting a party, find alternative transportation for inoxicated guests; and when going out drinking, please remember: Do Not Drink and Drive.
Statistics reveal a continued continued increase in violent crimes each year. Lets help protect each other by sharing information and knowledge of safety practices. Implement these safety practices and further safe guard yourself and your family by carrying a non-lethal self-defense product such as Mace, pepper spray, personal alarm or a stun device. Carrying one of these products can drastically reduce your chances of becoming a victim of a violent crime. Before you purchase any of these products, please check the legality and restrictions of such products with your local authorities.