Having A Safe Merry Christmas

Having a Safe Merry Christmas: Top 3 Areas to Focus On

Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year, but it also can be a time when thieves and con artists are frequently on the prowl. We want you to have a safe Merry Christmas.

Keeping Your Home Safe

  • We all want our homes to reflect the joy of the season, but avoid displaying gifts where they can be seen from a window or doorway.
  • Arrange to have packages delivered to a neighbor if you’re not home to receive them.
  • Packages left of a porch or doorsteps can be “easy picking” for thieves. It also draws unwanted attention to your home.
  • Consider simple decorations for the outside. Elaborate or large outside decorations are often stolen right out of someone’s yard.
  • Mark sure not to obscure the view from your windows. You want to make sure you have a clear view of your property.
  • Always make sure that your doors and windows are, even if you’re only gone for a few minutes.
  • Dispose of packaging discreetly. Criminals will often spot something you’ve discarded and can target you for their next burglary or theft.
  • When leaving town, make sure you have a trusted friend or neighbor keep an eye on your home. You should never cancel general deliveries such as mail, newspapers, and other services when leaving town or going on vacation.
  • Notify your local police when you’re planning an extended absence. They can issue a vacation watch or directed patrol for your home.

Keeping Your Credit and Identity Safe

  • When writing a check only use necessary information: name, address, phone number.  Never give your social security number to anyone.
  • Safeguard your credit cards and checks as you do your cash.  Don’t leave them in a jacket pocket or sitting out in restaurants, stores or hotel rooms.
  • Keep your purse or wallet on you. Shoulder straps should cross your body, not dangling from your shoulder. Do not lay them in a shopping basket. Be sure they are closed securely.
  • Make a list of all your credit cards, debit cards and checks with account numbers. Keep the list in a secure place at home.
  • Notify issuers immediately if your card is lost, stolen or misused.
  • Take your time when making a purchase. Be sure you collect your license, credit card, or check book and your receipt.
  • Keep your receipts and reconcile your statement. Promptly report any discrepancies to the issuer.
  • Consider Direct Deposit of your payroll or benefit checks; it’s safe and convenient and prevents the theft of your checks.

Staying Safe While Shopping

  • Make sure you always lock your car and close the windows, even if you’re only gone for a few moments.
  • Lock all merchandise or packages in the trunk of your car. Load your packages before departing, not at the next destination.
  • Try to shop with at least one partner.
  • Have your car or house key in your hand as you approach the door. You can use your keys as a weapon if needed!
  • Stay alert to your surroundings and the people around you. Look inside and under your car and as you approach it.
  • Be extra careful with purses and wallets. Carry a purse under your arm. Keep wallets in an inside pocket.
  • Avoid carrying large amounts of cash.
  • Avoid street vendors — many times these they are selling stolen or unlicensed merchandise.
  • Plan your trips. Instead of one big shopping trip, try several small ones. This will cut down on the amount of money you carry, the packages you’ll be carrying, and it will make your shopping less stressful and you will be less of a target.
  • Be alert everywhere you go – show that you are calm, confident and always act as if you know where you are going.
  • Park in well-lighted areas that will be well-lighted when you return.

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