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

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