Jon Timberlake, CPP and Vice President for Summit Security has created a Top 10 Safety Checklist for keeping you and your home safe and secure during this busy Holiday season.
These few tips may create a difference for a safer Holiday season:
1. Be extra cautious about locking doors and windows when you leave your house or apartment, even for a few minutes.
2. If you go out for the evening, turn on lights and a radio or television so the house or apartment appears to be occupied.
3. Pay attention and be aware of your surroundings. Beware of strangers approaching you for any reason. At this time of year, “con- artists” may try various methods of distracting you with the intention of taking your money or belongings.
4. Don’t fumble for house or car keys. Have them in your hand, ready to use when you reach the door.
5. Remove all valuables and personal documents from your vehicle and do not leave them in plain sight. If you must leave valuables in your vehicle lock them in the trunk.
6. Shop before dark if possible. Coordinate shopping trips with a friend.
7. Never park in an unlit area, no matter how convenient it is. Never park next to large vehicles or vehicles with heavy tinted windows.
8. Avoid carrying large amounts of cash. Pay for purchases with a check, credit card, or debit card when possible.
9. Don’t openly display your Christmas tree and gifts in the front window visible from the street. It’s too tempting for a potential criminal to smash the window and grab the wrapped packages.
10. After Christmas day, don’t pile up empty gift boxes from your new computer, DVD player, or stereo receiver on the street for the garbage man. Burglars appreciate knowing that you have expensive gifts in the house.