The holidays should be a season of cheer but don’t let that feeling compromise your safety. The Grove City Division of Police wants residents to remember that criminals love the holiday season because it’s a perfect opportunity to commit a crime.
This holiday season, don’t let the spirit of giving lull you into giving burglars, muggers, or pickpockets a chance to do their dirty work.
Keep these tips in mind to prevent your holidays from losing their cheer.
When shopping DO:
•Park in a well-lit area and be sure to lock your vehicle. Make sure you do not leave shopping bags or purses in your vehicle in plain view.
•Avoid carrying large amounts of cash. Pay with a check or credit card when possible.
•Carry your purse close to your body. Put your wallet in an inside or front pants pocket.
•Teach your children to go to a store clerk or security guard if they become lost or separated.
When out of the house DO:
•Turn on lights and a radio or TV so it appears that someone is home.
•Be extra cautious about locking your doors and windows, even when you’re gone for a short time.
•Not display gifts or high price items in your home where they can be seen from the outside.
•Fill out a house watch form in the lobby of the police department. Your home will be checked by the police department while you are away, free of charge.
•Stop your mail and newspaper or ask a neighbor to collect it for you.
•Advise a trusted neighbor that you will be out of town. Ask them to report any suspicious activity to the police immediately.
After the holidays:
•Do not advertise the gifts received or purchased by members of your household. Do no set out boxes (for large or high priced items) at the curb on trash day. Tear or break down boxes and place them in black (non-see through) trash bags if possible.