Safety Tips For The Holidays

| November 26, 2015

Valdosta Police

Holiday Safety Tips From Your Valdosta Police Department

Park “Smart” – Never, ever leave your vehicle unlocked. Not even when it is parked at your own home. Do not leave anything in plain sight inside your vehicle.

Park in a well-lit area when shopping and pay attention to your surroundings walking to and from your vehicle. Place all purchased items in the trunk and take them home as soon as possible;

Have your keys ready to open your car door when returning to your vehicle;

Lock your car doors immediately upon getting into your vehicle;

Stay ALERT! Be aware of your surroundings and people around you. Trust your instincts;

There is safety in numbers. Walk to the parking lot area with other shoppers;

Protect your purse or wallet at all times. Never leave these items unattended in a shopping cart, vehicle, or baby stroller.

Don’t carry large sums of cash or extra credit/debit cards. Keep a master list in a safe place at your home of all credit/debit cards and the contact number for the credit card companies in case your cards are lost or stolen.

Citizens should also be cautious when it comes to home and/or business security during the Holiday Season and year around. Keep your doors and windows locked. If you have an alarm system, use it. Don’t leave empty boxes on trash piles as they advertise items that may be inside your home (such as a new TV, Computer…etc.) Be aware of your surroundings and if you see something suspicious, report it immediately to 911.

These are just a few safety tips to help your shopping season be more enjoyable. Remember, use common sense and always be aware of your surroundings. Additional holiday safety tips can be found at the National Safety Council website at www.nsc.org/holiday-safety-tips.

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