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Sheriff’s Corner: Holiday Safety Tips

As the holiday season approaches, our thoughts turn to family and friends and we tend to be less wary of burglars, thieves, and other holiday grinches. Nothing can spoil the holiday spirit faster than becoming a victim of crime. Unfortunately criminals view the holiday season a little differently…for them, it may be an opportunity to burglarize your home for cash, credit cards, and gifts.

 

By remaining vigilant, alert, and following a few crime prevention tips, you can ensure the holidays will be happy and safe.

  • Make sure to lock all windows and doors  when you leave, even for a brief time

  • Don’t advertise…Burglars look for occupancy cues like outdoor lights burning 24 hours a day, piled up newspapers, mail, or advertising flyers hanging on the door knob

  • If you go out for the evening turn on a radio or television so it appears someone is home.

  • Don’t post your family name on your mailbox or your house. A burglar can obtain your phone number and call your home to confirm that you are away

  • Burglars prefer to make entry through unlocked doors or windows. A holiday problem can occur when exterior Christmas light extension cords are run inside through a window and prevent it from being secured.

  • If you go on vacation during the holidays, notify my office so we can check your residence while you are away.

  • It is important to report any suspicious activity that you may notice to my office immediately.

On behalf of all the men and women of the Sheriff’s Office, I am wishing you a safe and joyous Holiday Season.

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