2002-11-23 / Community

NYPD Safety Precautions For The Holidays

NYPD Safety Precautions For The Holidays

With the holiday season upon us, most people are preoccupied with the details of holiday plans and shopping. Unfortunately, the safety precautions, which we would normally take, are sometimes forgotten as the excitement of the season causes us to let down our guard. The Police Department wants this to be a safe holiday season for all, so we remind you to follow these safety tips and enjoy the city and the season.

Don’t carry large sums of cash on your person. Carry only what you will need to purchase the article(s). If you must carry a large sum of money, divide the cash between your purse, pockets and wallet.

Don’t carry excess credit cards. Carry only those cards for those stores you intend to shop in.

Ladies: Don’t carry your purse by the handle, or place your arm through the strap and let it dangle. Place one end of the purse in the palm of your hand, the other in the bend of your elbow. Draw it close to your body.

Men: Don’t place your wallet in your rear trouser pocket, carry it in the breast pocket of your jacket or in your side pants pocket.

When shopping, be alert of your surroundings at all times. Criminals often confront people who are distracted.

Travel on well populated, well lit streets. If possible, travel with a friend.

When approaching your vehicle, have your keys ready. Keep your auto and house/apartment keys on separate key rings. Do not keep your home keys attached to the ignition key while it is actually in the ignition. Be conscious of occupied vehicles. Check to make sure no one is hiding in your car before unlocking and entering it. Once inside your car, lock the doors immediately.

While driving your vehicle, be alert. Know what is going on around you. If possible, share the ride with a friend. Keep your wallet/purse out of view while driving. Do not leave them on the seat next to you. While driving, make sure to keep your doors locked.

Park your vehicle in a well lit, well traveled area, if possible. Look around before you get out of your vehicle. Use your mirrors to check sides and rear of your vehicle. If any packages or valuables must be stored in your car, secure them in your trunk. Be extra cautious in enclosed parking areas.

If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact your local Crime Prevention Officer. At the 100 precinct that officer is P.O. Brian McCabe, (718) 318-4236. The 101 precinct Crime Prevention Officer is P.O. Robert Baddamo, (718) 868-3426

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