With the holiday season starting on its way, it is important to keep in mind some safety tips. Although this is a time for happiness and cheer, it is also a time with heightened burglary, robbery, and theft. Here are a few items to keep in mind while enjoying the holiday season.
When leaving you home, be sure that you lock all of your doors and also your windows. Keep all of your blinds closed so someone passing by cannot see any of the valuable kept inside of your home. This will help avoid the risk of someone seeing something they like and trying to break into your home. If you are planning on leaving for an extended period of time, be sure to make it look like you are still home. You can do this by stopping the mail and newspaper services you may have. Too many piled up newspapers and mail are signs that no one is home and makes your home a target. You may also want to have a neighbor park in your driveway or in front of your home so it looks like there is someone there as well. For those with children teach them not to answer the door for strangers.
While out shopping make sure that you park in well-lit areas. This will help avoid your vehicle as a target for anyone who may be interested in breaking in. It is also important not to leave any valuables in clear view. This can be accomplished by keeping shopping bags in the trunk and locking your vehicle. While shopping be careful not to leave your credit/debit card out in the open for someone to take. If you take children with you shopping make sure to keep a close eye on them. Also make sure they know that if they get lost to find a store employee or security and not to talk to strangers.
Finally it is important to celebrate responsibly. If you are drinking be sure not to drive. There are many services now to pick you up and get you home safely should you have a couple drinks. Be on the lookout for others as well. Do not let friends or family members drive intoxicated. Having a safe holiday season is the best way to enjoy the holidays.