Holiday Safety...


Wishing You a Safe and Happy Holiday Season!

Winter holidays are a time for celebration. Homes and malls spill over with gift displays. Distracted shoppers rush around, stressed out and careless, carrying too many packages. Homes are left empty in the great homeward-bound holiday migration.

This holiday season, don't let the holiday spirit move you to leaving your home and your wallet open to opportunistic thieves. Follow these simple tips for ensuring a crime-free holiday.

Don't shop 'til you drop.

When shopping online, use common sense to protect against fraud or ID theft.

Make sure you don't invite crime home for the holidays.

Don't make your office a target for crooks looking for extra holiday cash.

When you travel, be sure to take common sense along.



The holidays are an exciting time of year for kids, and to help ensure they have a safe holiday season, here are some tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Please feel free to excerpt these tips or use them in their entirety for any print or broadcast story, with acknowledgement of the source.




Toy Safety

Food Safety

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The 12 Tips of Safe Holiday Shopping!!

The holiday shopping season is drawing hear, and while traversing the local malls and shopping centers with armloads of gifts and packages may seem like fun, here are a few tips to help keep you safe while you shop!

1. Always be alert.

2. Don't carry lots of cash; use your debit card instead.  If it gets stolen, you can always have a hold put on your account, or cancel the card all together.

3. Have your car keys out and ready when you are walking to your car.

4. Wear conservative and comfortable clothing.  Tennis shoes are a good idea. 

5. Always be mindful of your children when you are shopping.  Know where they are at all times.

6. Grip your packages tightly when you are walking around parking lots.

7. Try to look under your car from a distance when you are approaching. 

8. Be careful about giving cash away to charitable organizations located on curbs.  Have your money ready, folded and slip it in the buckets quickly.

9. Always shop in groups!  It's more fun to shop that way anyway.

10. Be cautious at ATM machines.  If someone is looking over your shoulder, cancel your transaction and go elsewhere.

11.  If any situation makes you uncomfortable, don't feel badly about leaving right away.

12.  Try to end your shopping before dark.  Parking lots become much more dangerous when lighted areas are limited.




Some info provided by 2005 - American Academy of Pediatrics