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Holiday Safety Tips


  • If you take your children shopping, teach them to go to a police officer or a store security guard if they get separated or lost.

  • Carry your purse close to your body, not dangling by the straps. Put a wallet in an inside coat or front pants pocket.

  • Be aware of your surroundings when using ATM’s. Also, do not keep your PIN on your person.

  • Avoid carrying a large amount of cash. Use credit cards or checks and carry your Washington State Drivers License or ID card with you.

  • Beware of strangers approaching you for any reason. Criminals may try to distract and confuse you with the intention of taking your money or belongings.

  • Don’t leave anything of value in your car. Packages and shopping bags should be hidden way from sight. Don’t just cover them with a coat or blanket.

  • Park in a lighted area and lock your vehicle doors.


  • Set an automatic timer for your lights.

  • Do not place packages or gifts near windows or other high-visibility sites.

  • Ask your neighbor to watch your hom11e and park in the driveway from time to time.

  • Don’t drink and drive. When attending holiday celebrations, consider designating a driver or using a cab.


  • Stay alert to suspicious-looking couriers delivering packages to your or neighbors.

  • Many con artists take advantage of holiday generosity by going door-to-door. Ask for identification and get specifics to how and where the donations will be spent/used.

  • If you feel uncomfortable, just say “no thank you” and shut the door.

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