FWPD Offers Holiday Safety Tips

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FWPD Offers Holiday Safety Tips

Post by GalindoP » Wed Nov 21, 2012 8:57 am

The Fort Wayne Police Department Offers Holiday Safety Tips

When Shopping:
• Shop during daylight hours whenever possible. If you must shop at night, shop with a friend.
• Park your vehicle in a well-lit or high traffic area.
• Avoid carrying large amounts of cash. If you carry a purse or a wallet, keep it close to your body. Women may want to wear their purse under their coats.
• Avoid overloading yourself with shopping bags or packages. If you plan on storing purchases in the trunk of your car, do so prior to arriving at your next location.
• Never leave valuables in your car. Leaving valuables inside your vehicle but within view from the outside increases the likelihood that your vehicle will be targeted for a break-in.
• Beware of strangers approaching you for any reason. Avoid street or parking lot vendors - many times these individuals are selling stolen or unlicensed merchandise, or may be trying to distract you with the intention of taking your money or belongings.
• Always, always be alert of your surroundings.

When Shopping Online:
• Shop secure websites only. Use only merchants you know and trust.
• Use a prepaid credit card if possible. Avoid using a debit card to make purchases online because debit cards are tied to your bank accounts.
At Home:
• Packaging left at the curb of your home for trash pick-up is a clue to the criminal element of any items that may be inside your home. Break down packaging and/or wrapping and place it inside the recycle container so that it is not visible to anyone outside of your home.
• Beautifully wrapped gifts under a tree which are visible from outside the home are enticing to the criminal element, so avoid leaving any such items within view from outside of your home.
• If traveling during the holiday season, be sure to have your mail and/or newspaper delivery stopped. Uncollected mail or a pile of newspapers sitting at the front step are a clue that the homeowner is away.
• Have sidewalks shoveled or cleared. Invest in motion-sensor lights or timers so to give the appearance that someone is home. Ask a trusted neighbor to keep watch over your home while you are away.

For more safety suggestions, visit the City of Fort Wayne Police Department’s website, http://www.fwpd.org, and click on the Crime Prevention link.

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