Safety Tips for the Holiday Season

The Holiday Season is a very special time of year. It’s a time for family, friends, and festivities!  But it’s also a time when busy people forget to be careful about their personal safety and property.  As a result, people can become victims of burglaries, thefts, frauds and con-games.

Everyone could use extra money around the Holidays.  Criminals thrive on unsuspecting and innocent victims.  If you were a criminal who wanted some quick cash, how would you get it?  Steal a purse or wallet from a holiday shopper?  Solicit donations for a fake charity?  Use someone else’s credit card or charge account?

Don’t Make it Easy for The Thieves!


  • Give your home that “occupied appearance” by leaving various lights on.
  • Let a trusted neighbor know if you are going to be gone for longer periods of time.  Return the favor and create a “neighborhood watch”!
  • Don’t use short cuts through alleys or walkways.  Always use well lit and traveled areas.
  • Always keep a hand free for emergencies!
  • Shop with friends or relatives.  There is safety in numbers!
  • If you must take a purse, carry it close to your body with the clasp nearest you.
  • Cash should be carried in a front pants pocket.  Do not display large sums of cash.
  • Never leave your purse in a shopping cart or on a counter unattended while you shop.
  • Transfer valuables to the trunk of your auto before you reach your destination.
  • Never leave valuables in plain view in your auto.
  • Keys should never be carried in your purse.  Keep your keys in your pocket.
  • Remain alert at all times!
  • Stay off your cell phone- Don’t advertise your property!
  • Don’t walk around with headphones.
  • When returning to your auto or home, have your keys in your hand ready.
  • Use the “panic or alarm button” on your key chain if you feel fearful or suspicious.
  • Be alert for suspicious persons loitering in parking lots.
  • Be careful about strangers “following” you into your building! Don’t let strangers in!
  • Always lock your car even if you are only going to be gone for a few minutes.
  • Lock your doors immediately upon entering your vehicle and always drive with your doors locked.
  • Don’t have packages delivered to an empty house!
  • If your residence is equipped with an alarm, ARM IT!
  • During the winter months, make sure your sidewalk gets shoveled!  Fresh snow absent of footprints screams, “No one is home!”  

We wish you and your loved ones a safe and Happy Holiday Season!

19th District Community Policing Office

(312) 744-0064


Author: bikeuptown46

I am currently the Communications Director for the Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters which represents 33,000 union men and women in three states who swing a hammer for a living. I publsih a magazine, a couple of email newsletters and two websites. I also do videos, webinars, advertisng and public relations. As an avid cyclist I ride a three-wheeled trike 5 to 6 days per week 52 weeks per year which adds up to between 5,000 and 6,000 miles year-round, including daily commutes along Chicago's lakefront ... polar vortexes included. I have never missed a day of work because of Chicago's weather. I am an activist who serves humanitarian and political causes: To advocate for the Sudanese in Illinois who have fled Southern Sudan and Darfur is one of my most rewarding experiences. I work with my son Sean on Sudan presentations at churches and community groups with my Sudanese friends on the problems facing them in Darfur, South Sudan and the United States. My son Sean and I work together on the Abolition Institute which seeks to end slavery in the west African nation of Mauritania. My photography chronicles Chicago's lakefront through my daily rides. My photo website is I just self-published my first photo-book on the history of my Chicago neighborhood: Sweet Home Buena Park. I live about one-half mile north of Wrigley Field in the Buena Park neighborhood.

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