“THINK ABOUT YOUR SAFETY”
DURING THE HOLIDAY SEASON
almost “Black Friday” and the busy holiday shopping days are here so the Peoria
Police Department has some safety reminders to help you enjoy the holidays.
HOLIDAY SAFETY TIPS
Vehicle /parking lot safety
items in your vehicle that are visible to the public. Mall parking garages and
lots are favorite targets of the opportunistic thief. Stow away items such as
gifts in the trunk of your vehicle. If you have an SUV, cover these items with
an old blanket or sheet. Better yet, drop your load of gifts at home and then
go back out. This will mean more trips but you and your purchases will be much
vehicle in a well-lit area and be aware of your surroundings. Have your keys out
and ready before you get to your car.
Look your car
over as you approach it to make sure everything is OK.
to your surroundings and if you are not comfortable go back to the store or mall
and ask their security to escort you to your car.
Carry a cell
phone with you and be prepared to call the Police in case of an emergency.
where you park your car and the entrance you used, especially at the malls, so
you can go directly to your car and not have to wander the parking lot looking
for your car. You’ll be distracted and this makes you an easy victim.
Carry only the credit cards
that you intend to use and avoid carrying large sums of money.
Use ATM machines that are
in well-lit safe environments. Avoid using ATM’s that are located in malls.
Pickpockets normally work these areas looking for people withdrawing large
sums of cash.
Thieves often target food
courts. Don’t leave handbags, gifts, etc. unattended.
Shopping in pairs will
minimize your risk of being a crime victim.
Secure your credit card
receipts. Someone gaining access to your credit card numbers could be the
first step in having your identity stolen.
Women carrying purses
should carry them tucked tightly under their arm or better yet use a fanny
Men should carry their
wallet in their front pocket.
Always pay attention to
your surroundings. A person paying attention and moving with a purpose is less
likely to become a victim.
Around Your Home
When you are away from your
house make sure all the doors and windows are locked.
Don’t let any delivery
people inside your house.
Make sure you house is well
lit at night. Bad guys don’t like light.
If you’re going away, set
lights on timers and have your mail and newspapers picked up by a neighbor.
Do not place the boxes from
expensive items or audio/video equipment gifts outside to be picked up. Cut
them up and place them inside your garbage can.
Report any suspicious
persons or vehicles in your neighborhood to the police.
The Peoria Police Department
family would like to wish you
and your family a safe and
happy holiday season!