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December 18, 2018


Holidays are special times to be shared with family and friends. Protect yourself and loved ones by following these safety tips. 

At Home 

• Be extra cautious about locking doors and windows when you leave the house, even if you will only be gone for a minute. 

• Don't put large displays of holiday gifts in view of your windows or doors. 

• When going on trips or out for evenings, use automatic timers to turn indoor lights on and off to make it appear you are home. 

• Immediately after the holidays, mark new gifts with your California Driver's License or ID number. 

• Don't advertise what you got for Christmas by putting the boxes out on trash day. Break the boxes down or take them to the dump yourself. 


When Shopping 

• Shop during the day. If you must shop in the evening, shop with a friend. 

• Dress casually and comfortable. Don’t wear expensive jewelry. 

• Lock packages and other valuables in the trunk before you park, never after you park. Don’t put packages in your vehicle and then return to stores for more shopping. Thieves may be watching. 

• Park in well-lighted areas, as close as possible to store entrances. In a garage park where you don’t have to use stairs or elevators. Never park next to trucks, vans, dumpsters, and other objects that obstruct visibility and provide hiding places. Check that no one is near your vehicle before you get out. 

• Avoid parking or walking near strangers loitering or sitting in vehicles. 

• If you use valet parking, don’t leave your home keys on a chain with your vehicle keys. Also, don’t leave your garage door opener where it is easily accessible. Keep your vehicle registration, proof of insurance, and any other papers with your home address on them where a criminal is not likely to find them. 

• Lock your vehicle, and make sure the windows are closed and nothing of value is in sight. 

• Remember where you parked so you can return directly to your vehicle. Be alert and walk away purposefully. 

• Carry only the charge cards you will need. Don't carry large sums of cash. When charging an item, make sure you get your card back. 

• Carry purses next to your body with the purse flap against you and locked or zipped. Use a strap that goes diagonally across your body. Carry wallets in front or inside pockets. 



• Don’t get distracted and leave your purse or wallet on a transaction counter or in a shopping cart. 

• Keep all transaction receipts. 

• Have someone escort you to your vehicle if you are especially concerned about safety. Or wait until other people you can walk near. 

• Don't overload yourself with packages. Use a cart or shop with a partner who can help carry packages. There is safety in numbers. 

• Be aware of your surroundings and the people around you. Don't be distracted while walking to your vehicle. This includes fumbling with your purse or packages, looking for keys, and using a cell phone. Have the key in hand when you approach your vehicle. 

• Check that no one is hiding in or around your vehicle before you get in. 

• If a van has parked next to your vehicle, enter on the other side. 

• Lock the doors immediately after getting in your vehicle. 

• Don’t resist or argue with a carjacker. Your life is much more valuable than your vehicle. 

• Teach your children to go to a store clerk or security guard and ask for help if you become separated in a store or shopping mall. 

• Don't hesitate to notify store security if you see any suspicious people or activities. 

• If you have to wait for a ride, wait in a busy, well-lighted place. 

• If you are a victim of a crime, call 911 to report it police immediately. 


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