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Posted on: December 7, 2015

[ARCHIVED] Holiday Shopping and Travel Safety Tips

Holiday Safety

Check out these tips from the BPD to keep you safe during the holidays.

We are entering the busiest shopping time of the year. The holidays are a time of joy for most of us. But the holidays are a prime time for crime also. Crooks love the holidays as much as everyone else, but mainly because it’s an opportune time for crime. The following steps will help you avoid becoming a victim of crime.

• Don’t carry large amounts of cash. Never display the cash you carry. Take a credit card or only the amount of cash needed for the day.
• Be aware of your surroundings. Avoid dark or secluded areas where you could become a crime victim. Park in a well-lighted area as close as possible to an entrance.
• Put all packages in the trunk. Do not place packages on the seat or in the floor of your vehicle where they can be seen from the outside. In addition, don’t leave your purse or diaper bag in the passenger area of your vehicle.
• Be sure your vehicle is in good operating condition and has plenty of gas. Keep your vehicle locked at all times. Most of the vehicle break-ins reported to the Burlington police department this time of year are vehicles that are left unlocked.
• Keep your purse closed and carry it securely under your arm. Never place your purse on a counter, leave it in your shopping cart or let your children carry it. If possible carry your cash or credit card in a pocket to avoid carrying your purse.

If you are going to be traveling during the holidays remember the following tips:
• Be sure all your property is marked for identification.
• Ask a neighbor to watch your home while you are away, and to pick up your mail and paper. Make sure neighbors have a phone number so they can reach you in an emergency. In addition the Burlington police department will check your house each day that you are gone for up to two weeks. If you would like this service you will need to sign a form at the police department before you leave.
• Set automatic timers to activate your lights and other appliances to give your home an occupied look.
• Be sure your home is locked and that the shades, blinds and draperies are in their normal position.

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