With Halloween behind us and the holiday season’s travel, shopping, decorating and planning fast approaching, it is important for everyone to take important extra safety measures to keep themselves, their family and their homes safe. Please consider these safety tips:
- When leaving your house for travels, try to make your home look lived in while you are away. Consider picking up inexpensive timers for lights and radios, and set them in different rooms to mimic your family’s routine.
- For additional “lived in” appearances for your home, consider paying someone to rake up leaves off your driveway. A driveway full of uninterrupted leaves is a sure sign that homeowners are out of town.
- With additional people flooding malls and grocery stores, the opportunity for children to get lost in a crowd increases. Educate your children about what to do if they are lost or if a “stranger” approaches them.
- There is safety in numbers. When possible, it is always a good idea to shop in pairs as thieves are less likely to target two or more individuals.
- When walking to your car, be cognizant of your surroundings and the people around you. Watch for people who may be following you. This can happen both inside and outside the store. Get your keys out before exiting the building and walk briskly and confidently to your car.
- If you approach your car, and there is a questionable looking character staked out nearby, return to the store and ask for someone to walk you to your car. There is no need to feel embarrassed as most store security personnel are accustomed to this request.
- If you return to your vehicle to unload packages and continue shopping, place your packages in the trunk. A bag full of goodies in plain view is tempting for a smash-and-grab burglar. Be observant of anyone watching you, and if possible, move your car to deter a burglary of your vehicle.
The Energy Corridor District wishes you and your family a happy and safe holiday season!