Did you know that the Grinch isn’t a fictional character? He’s already out in full force this holiday season (yes, even before Black Friday). Many of us can become victims due to apathy. Individuals with the “It will never happen to me” rationale will sooner or later lead them to trouble. However, by following some basic security measures, trouble can be avoided:
- Be constantly aware of your surroundings and valuables. Do not set your wallet, purse, or purchases on tables, counter tops or other surfaces outside of your immediate reach.
- Park in well-lit areas of parking lots, in close proximity to store entrances as possible.
- If you are leaving a shopping center at night, ask for an escort to your vehicle. Employees or security personnel are typically available to provide such services upon request.
- When leaving valuables in your car, secure purchases or other items in your trunk, or under a blanket so out of plain view.
- With the hustle and bustle of shopping mania, maintaining close awareness of your children can be even more challenging and requires more situational surveillance of surroundings.
At Home Holiday Safety Tips
- Keep presents/gifts out of sight of open-view windows.
- Ensure that boxes, especially those that housed electronic equipment, are broken down and placed out of view when disposing them. The key here is not advertising to passersby what new goodies you have in the house.
- Visiting the Electrical Safety Foundation’s website that provides a plethora of advice and tips on ensuring you don’t fall victim to fire and other hazards.
Of course, common sense and heightened vigilance go a long way in battling the criminal element. By considering these holiday safety tips, although they don’t represent an exhaustive list, you’ve taken a crucial step in ensuring you have a wonderful holiday.