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Staying Safe During The Holiday Season

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Author: Robert Young

- Even though you are rushing and thinking about a thousandthings, stay alert to your surroundings and the peoplearound you. If possible, park your car in an area of highpedestrian activity. Avoid remote areas.

- Lock your car and close the windows, even if you are onlygone for a few minutes.

- Loose change is a meal for a street person; they willbreak your window for small change.

- Your cell phone can be sold and reprogrammed and is asought item for theft.

- A laptop computer will keep a drug user in a high state,at your expense.

- Lock your packages out-of-sight in the trunk. Place yourvaluables in the trunk before you get to your destination,not after. The thief may be watching.

- Be sure and lock your car, many opportunists simply lookfor unlocked cars.

- If waiting for a ride from a friend or publictransportation, do so in busy, well-lit places. -Consider security film for automobile's windows.

- Always report a theft to the police.

- Teach your children to go to the store clerk and ask forhelp if you become separated while shopping. They shouldnever go to the parking lot or the car alone.

- Avoid carrying large amounts of cash. Pay for purchaseswith a check or credit card when possible; and if thecredit card receipt has carbons, ask for these too. Notifyissuers immediately if your credit card is lost, stolen, ormisused.

- Be extra careful with purses and wallets. They may becometargets for crime in crowded shopping areas, at bus stops,and on public transportation.

- Avoid overloading yourself with packages. It is importantto have clear visibility and freedom of motion to avoidmishaps.

- At home, be extra cautious about locking doors andwindows when you leave the house, even for a few minutes.Leave lights and a radio or television on so the houselooks occupied. Do not put large displays of holiday giftsin view of your windows or doors.

- If you go away for the holidays, try to keep your homeappearing "lived in"; get an automatic timer for yourlights. Have a neighbor watch your home and pick-up yournewspapers and mail.

- If you use lights on your tree, make sure that they arein good working order.

- Immediately mark your new gifts with your driver'slicense number and note all serial numbers, keepingrecords in a safe place.

- Remember to be a good friend and neighbor this holidayseason. Share these tips with others in your family andneighborhood. Also, why not get your neighborhood togetherand go caroling. Do not forget the elderly and other peoplewho might be especially lonely during the holidays. Soon,you may wish to form a neighborhood watch group. Peoplehelping people, that's what it is all about!

- Lastly, when hosting a party, find alternativetransportation for intoxicated guests; and when going outdrinking, please remember: Don't Drink and Drive!

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About the Author

Robert Young is the owner and operator of Urban Safety Supplies and Hi-Tech Hidden Cameras. Stay safe! Visit for all your security item needs. Stun guns, pepper spray, personal alarms, and more! Also visit and see our hidden cameras, spy, and surveillance equipment.

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