Holiday Safety Tips

Personal Safety:

   Situation awareness, always pay attention to your surroundings

   Consider shopping with others, there is safety in groups

   Avoid walking alone or parking in dark isolated areas

   Keep wallet or purse secured, close to your body

   Avoid carrying too many packages, keep your hands free as possible

   Avoid carrying large amounts of cash, use cards when possible

   Use your phones GPS and share your location with family/friends    

Protect Your Vehicle:

   Keep doors locked and windows up when parked

   Never leave your vehicle running unattended

   Take all valuable property out of your vehicle every time you leave

   Install an alarm system and consider using a club (wheel lock device)

   Park in well lit, busy areas

Secure Your Home:

   Lock all doors and windows and have secondary locks (window pins, deadbolts, dowels etc.)

   Keep landscaping trimmed so you can easily see around your property

   Stop Mail and newspaper during extended absences

   Have neighbor park in driveway when on an extended absence

   Do not announce on social media when you will be away on vacation

   Catalog serial numbers on property

   Monitor deliveries (Amazon) and give instruction to delivery in non-visible locations

   Use surveillance cameras and ring doorbells to monitor your home while away

   Use timers, photo sensor, or motion sensors for lighting

   Set burglary alarm and advised the alarm company you are away and to call the police directly

   Keep gifts and expensive property out of plain view from the outside

The Fort Wayne Police Department hopes you have and enjoyable and SAFE Holiday!