Holiday Safety Tips from the Fort Wayne Police Department
For Immediate Release: November 21, 2011
The Fort Wayne Police Department offers the following holiday safety tips:
Shop during daylight hours whenever possible, and if you must shop at night then shop with a friend.
Park your vehicle in a well-lit or high traffic area.
Avoid carrying large amounts of cash, and if you carry a purse or a wallet keep it close to your body.
Avoid overloading yourself with shopping bags or packages. Return to your vehicle periodically to store any purchases, and be sure to store those items in the trunk of your vehicle. Leaving valuables inside your vehicle but within view from the outside increases the likelihood that your vehicle will be targeted for a break-in.
Beware of strangers approaching you for any reason, and most especially avoid street or parking lot vendors -- many times these individuals are selling stolen or unlicensed merchandise, or may be trying to distract you with the intention of taking your money or belongings.
Always, always be alert to your surroundings.
When Shopping Online:
Shop secure websites only.
Use a prepaid credit card. Do not use a debit card to make purchases online.
Packaging left at the curb of your home for trash pick-up is a clue to the criminal element of any items that may be inside your home. Break down packaging and/or wrapping and place it inside the recycle container so that it is not visible to anyone outside of your home.
Beautifully wrapped gifts under a tree which are visible from outside the home are enticing to the criminal element, so avoid leaving any such items within view from outside of your home.
If going on a holiday vacation or a trip, be sure to have your mail and/or newspaper delivery stopped. Uncollected mail or a pile of newspapers sitting at the front step are a clue that the homeowner is away. Have sidewalks shoveled or cleared. Invest in motion-sensor lights or timers so to give the appearance that someone is home. Ask a trusted neighbor to keep watch over your home while you are away.
For more safety suggestions, visit the City of Fort Wayne Police Department’s website, www.fwpd.org, and click on the Crime Prevention link.