When leaving your residence be sure you pull the door shut and lock the deadbolt along with making sure the windows are locked (the doors should be locked when you are home as well).
If you will be returning after dark leave a light on.
Inform a family member or a friend of your travel plans.
When you leave your residence to travel during the holiday season, please leave your lights on a timer. And they should be set up in “your” living pattern.
Always choose parking spaces in well-lit areas, as close to busy
entrances as possible. Do not park near anything that can conceal you
When shopping don’t leave valuables visible
inside your vehicle. Cell phones, laptops, pocketbooks and packages
attract attention and tempt thieves.
Secure your valuables in the trunk if you need to leave them in the vehicle.
Shop with a friend or relative when at all possible. There is safety in numbers.
Always have your keys in your hand as you transition from one safe place to another. (Home to car, car to store, etc.)
Once you’re in your vehicle, lock your doors immediately and move on.
Always lock your car, even if you’re leaving it for only a short period of time. And make sure all windows are completely closed. Even if your vehicle is parked at your residence.
Never lay packages or your purse on top of your vehicle.
When shopping keep your purse close to your body and keep a firm grip on it.
Stay alert, pay attention to your surroundings, be aware of anyone around you. Don’t allow yourself to be distracted.
Carry a cellular phone and call 911 in the event of an emergency. Program 911 as your number “9” speed dial number.
Don’t overburden yourself with packages you need to be able to react to situations as they develop.
When you are bringing presents home and taking them inside be sure you are aware of your surroundings.
this day and age of ordering presents off the Internet be careful of
delivery people. Make sure you are expecting something to be delivered.
Confirm their identity. This means check their company identification
and also check out the vehicle they are driving before you open your
After the big day of celebration and the trash is ready
to go out, try to put all the boxes inside of a trash can/bag. This will
hide any and all descriptive packages of “your families” gift
Please remember to contact the Sheriff’s Office immediately if you see or hear about suspicious activity by either calling 911 or 804-365-6140.