Crime Prevention Tips For the Holiday Season

The Seattle Police Department has some tips on helping to prevent crime at the holidays.  There seems to be a spike of burglaries and car prowls at this time of year.

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When parking your vehicle to go shopping, remember where you parked it! Always park in a well lit and well traveled area. Do not park in a remote dark area.

 When you return to your vehicle, scan the interior of your car to be sure no one is hiding inside. Check to see if you are being followed.

 Have your keys in hand when approaching your vehicle. You will be ready to unlock the door and will not be delayed by fumbling and looking for your keys.

 When storing items purchased at the stores, place them out of sight. The best place is in a locked trunk.

 Do not leave your purse, wallet, or cellular telephone in plain view.

 Don’t resist if someone tries to take any of your belongings. Don’t chase someone who robs you, they may have a weapon. Instead call 911.

 Lock your vehicle and put up your windows even while you are driving.

 If you go to an automatic teller machine for cash, check for people around and make sure it is well lit and in a safe location.

 Carry only the credit cards you need and avoid carrying large amounts of cash.

 Beware of the “a good deal” scams. Things are not always what they appear to be.

 If you are purchasing toys for small children, be sure that they are safe. You will be surprised what a small child can swallow or what can injure them.

 

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