Holiday Season Safety Tips from EPPD

Holiday Season Safety Tips from EPPD

POSTED: Wednesday, December 7, 2011 - 2:52pm

UPDATED: Thursday, December 8, 2011 - 4:47pm

EL PASO, TEXAS – The El Paso Police Department wants everyone to have a safe Winter and upcoming Holiday Season. As a reminder here are some safety tips to keep in mind.

At Home:
• Be sure to lock your doors and windows when you leave your home.
• Do not display holiday gifts where they can be seen from a window or doorway.
• Leave some lights on
• Leave a radio on
• Leave drapes/curtains in a normal position
• Mark your valuables with your driver’s license number
• Pickup mail and newspapers
• Never give information about your home over the telephone
• Always call police to report any suspicious activity

While Shopping:
• Always keep your children close to you
• Do not shop alone
• Never take more money than you need to make your purchases
• Do not flash your money when paying for items
• Pay with a check card or credit card
• Be aware of you surroundings
• Do not leave any purchases or purses unattended
• Do not overburden yourself with packages
• Carry your purse close to your body

Your car:
• Lock your vehicle
• Use any antitheft devices
• Do not leave any packages or valuables inside the vehicle
• Approach your vehicle with your keys out and ready
• Park in well lighted areas
• Keep your vehicle in proper working order
• If something seems wrong, get help from security or call the police

Outside Activities:
• Dress appropriate to weather conditions and type of activity
• If Walking, Running, or Riding a Bike
• Wear reflective of light colored clothing
• Be aware of your surroundings
• Obey all traffic laws
• Don’t let yourself become distracted
• Hiking – notify individuals of intended route
• Estimated length of trip
• Expected return time
• Be prepared for inclement weather
• Driving – obey all traffic laws
• Be aware of individuals walking, running, and biking during the cooler weather
• Don’t drink and drive
• Be aware of your surroundings.

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Actually never use your Debit/check card for holiday purchases because if the cashier messes up.Your bank more than likely won't reverse the charge right away freeing up that money, instead it will take up to 3-5days for the money to be available and now your money is in limbo.

If you have a card that has a RFID chip in it buy a protection sleeve because someone could just be in the area and scan its frequency and retrieve all of your credit card information.

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