Holiday Safety Tips

The holiday hustle and bustle can sometimes cause us to put our guard down. Here are some tips on how to celebrate safely.

Shopping Safety

  • Park in well-lit areas. Be sure to lock the car and to close all windows.
  • Carry your wallet in a front pocket. If you must carry a purse, carry it close to your body.
  • Avoid carrying large amounts of cash; pay with a check or a credit card. Make sure only one receipt is printed and that only the last four digits of your card are visible on the receipt.
  • When returning to your vehicle (or home), have your keys in your hand ready to open the door.
  • If you take packages to the car, but plan to return to the store/mall, drive to a new location. Criminals can be on the lookout for unsuspecting shoppers who simply drop their purchases into the trunk and return to shopping.

Home Safety

  • To deter forced entry install single or double cylinder deadbolt locks on doors (3-inch wood screws minimum). Lock doors and windows when you leave home, even if it’s just for a few minutes. Do not leave key in door(s)!
  • Don’t display gifts where they can be seen from the outside.
  • Consider breaking boxes down and transporting to a recycling center instead of setting them at the curb.
  • Take photographs or make a video- os of items and list descriptions and serial numbers.

Motor Vehicle Safety

  • NEVER leave a handgun in your vehicle unattended.
  • NEVER leave your vehicle running and unattended. Also, do not leave a spare key inside the vehicle
  • Do not leave valuables such as laptops, cell phones and chargers, cash, loose change, radar detectors, detachable stereo covers, GPS, CDs, and sports equipment in view.
  • Keep a record of all your serial numbers for stereo equipment, amplifiers, and other personal items.
  • If you choose to drink alcohol at a party, DO NOT drink and drive.

Internet /Online Shopping Safety

  • When ordering from a new company, request that a catalog or printed material be sent to your residence.
  • Protect your personal financial information by using a secure browser - one that can encrypt or scramble credit numbers or other personal data. Consider using the company’s 800 number or using a check or money order to pay for your purchase. Always print out a copy of your order and confirmation number.
  • Think security! Be leery of persons asking for your password or social security information.
  • Be careful when purchasing items from social media ads/promotions that appear to be too good to be true.
  • When purchasing items from sites such as Craigslist, letgo, or other similar sites, exercise preventive measures. Take a friend with you; make the exchange during daylight hours - always in a public, well-lit location; don’t carry large sums of extra cash; and examine the item to make sure it is what you want (this includes inspecting the cash to make sure it’s not counterfeit). Use DPD’s Internet Exchange Sales Zones!