Holiday Safety Tips

We all look forward to the holiday season. We get time off from work and school and spend festive time with family and friends. However, the holiday season has risks that threaten our safety.
Sadly, we are not the only people looking forward to the holidays. Predators and thieves look forward to enhanced opportunities to rob and steal. Thieves who get their hands on personal  items have valuable assistance in    stealing one’s identity.

Here are some tips to protect you and your family:

– The best defense against predators is to be aware of what’s happening around you. Most crimes are crimes of opportunity. If you are aware of what’s happening around you and appear empowered to protect yourself, a predator will likely choose a victim who appears more vulnerable; an easier “mark”.

– Keep valuable parcels locked in your vehicle and out of sight.

-Do not announce your holiday plans on social media. Wait until you return to tell your friends about your travels.

-If you are going away for more than 2-3 days, ask the
post office to hold your mail and/or have a neighbor retrieve any packages or other deliveries.

Courtesy of NOVA Public Safety. To learn more safety tips during the holidays, visit the December 2017 edition of their newsletter.