Staying Safe During The Columbus Holiday Season
Do not let the rush and excitement of the Columbus holiday season make you careless in protecting you and your home from potential criminals. Because the holiday season is a time when people become vulnerable to theft and other holiday crime, the following suggestions about staying safe during the Columbus holiday season can help you and your family tremendously.
Staying Safe While At Your Columbus Area Home
Be sure to lock all windows and doors when you leave your Columbus area home. This is always important, but it becomes even more important during this time of the year to prevent any crooks from ruining your families holiday season.
Do not display holiday gifts where they can be seen from a window or doorway. Store gifts before going away on holiday family events or vacations.
If you go out for the evening, turn on a light or radio so your home appears to be occupied. This is a simple and fast method that could prevent your home from being broken in to.
If you take a holiday vacation, have some interior lights activated by an automatic timer. Timers can be purchased at Walmart and are fairly inexpensive. Have a neighbor or friend check on your Columbus area home, keep the yard and pick up mail and newspaper deliveries.
Be wary of strangers soliciting for charitable donations. They may attempt to take advantage of people’s generosity during the holidays. Ask for identification, how donated funds are used and if contributions are tax deductible, etc.
Immediately after the holidays, mark new electronic gifts with your driver’s license number and record new serial numbers.
Use only fire-resistant ornaments and make sure that electric lights are functioning properly. Do not leave the lights on overnight or when you are away from home. Nearly 160 fires are caused by christmas trees alone each year, do not become one of them!
Avoid leaving boxes from large purchases, such as a TV, computers out on the curb for trash pickup. Break these boxes down.
Staying Safe During The Columbus Holiday Season While Shopping
Shop before dark if possible. Coordinate shopping trips with a friend. Never park in an unlit area, no matter how convenient it is.
Lock your vehicle and hide valuables, preferably in the trunk or locked compartment. Before sunrise and after sunset, park and walk in well lit areas and carry keys in your hand. Stay alert to your surroundings and take a moment to glance around for possible suspicious persons, vehicles, and/or situations. Prior to getting into your vehicle take a look inside and around before entering. If you observe evidence of a possible burglary, call your local law enforcement agency.
Avoid carrying large amounts of cash. Pay for purchases with a check, credit card, or debit card when possible.
To discourage purse-snatchers, do not overburden yourself with packages. Have your car keys out and ready before leaving the store.
Be extra careful with purses and wallets. Carry a purse close to your body, preferably a long strapped one across the shoulder. Keep your wallet in an inside jacket pocket.
Teach children to go to a store clerk or security guard and ask for help if you become separated.
Many people celebrate the season by attending holiday parties with family and friends. Enjoy these gatherings responsibly so this time of joy does not become a time of tragedy. Watch how much you drink. Don’t drink then drive, get a ride with someone who is sober. Have a great holiday season, but please be responsible!