WCSO holiday safety tips

Published: Wednesday, November 27, 2013 at 10:36 AM.

The Walton County Sheriff’s Office is offering some tips on how to be safe this holiday season.

Shopping Safety Tips

- Always walk and park in well-lit areas.
- While out and about, present an alert presence.
- Don’t electronically unlock your vehicle until you are within door opening distance. This helps stop a thief from getting into the car and waiting to strike when you least expect it.
- There is safety in numbers, shop with friends or relatives.
- Carry the day’s most expensive purchases closest to your body, and don’t carry so much you lose the ability to react quickly.
- Don’t flash large amounts of cash or offer tempting targets for theft such as expensive jewelry or clothing.
- Have car keys ready to use when you reach the car.

Vehicle Safety

- Always lock your car, even if you are away for only a few moments.
- Do not leave valuables – gifts, cell phones, purse or clothing – in open view in your car. Take valuables with you, lock them in your trunk, or cover them in an unobtrusive way.
- Thieves do their own form of window shopping. They look in parked cars for gifts and other merchandise, and will break through car windows to get at such valuables.
- When you return to your vehicle after your shopping trip, lock your car door as soon as you get in.

Home Safety

- Always lock your doors and windows, even if you plan to be out for a short while.
- Leave lights turned on both inside and outside your residence after dark.
- If you will be away from home for several days, make arrangements for someone to pick up your mail and newspapers or have a stop put on them.

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