2009-12-11 / Community

Police Department Holiday Safety Tips

With the holiday season upon us, most people are preoccupied with the details of holiday planning and shopping. Unfortunately, the safety precautions we normally take can be forgotten as the excitement of the season causes us to let our guard down. The NYPD wants this to be a safe holiday season for all, so they remind you to follow these simple tips. Enjoy the City and the season! ·Be alert and aware of your surroundings

at all times. Criminals often target people who are distracted. ·Whether driving, walking or taking

public transportation, plan the trip

in advance. Know how to get to your

destination by the most direct and safest route. ·If possible, stay in designated waiting

areas or in view of the station

booth clerk while awaiting your

train. Never walk or stand near the edge of the subway platform. ·Travel on populated, well lit streets. If possible, travel with a friend. ·When driving, keep your doors

locked and the windows closed.

Make sure the gas tank is full.

Maintain your car in good working order to avoid breakdowns. ·Always lock your car. Before getting

into your car, check the back seat to make sure no one is hiding there. ·Avoid leaving valuables in your car.

Whenever possible, place items out of sight in the trunk of your vehicle

prior to reaching your destination.

Never leave packages in the passenger compartment unattended. ·Carry your purse close to your body.

Place one end of the purse in the palm of your hand and the other in

the bend of the elbow. Never wrap the strap around your body. ·If you are carrying a wallet, carry it

in the breast pocket of your jacket or

in your side pants pocket. The rear pants pocket is the easiest to pick. ·When in a restaurant, don't leave

your handbag over the back of your

chair or on the floor. Don't leave belongings unattended. ·Don't wait until you have reached

your front door to look for your keys. Have them ready in your hand. If a

stranger is standing near your door,

it may be a good idea not to go in until the situation feels safer. ·Lock your front door immediately upon entering your home. ·If you live in an apartment building,

don't buzz in someone who rings

your bell until you have verified who

she/he is. This will help protect both you and your neighbors. ·If you have elderly family members

or neighbors, please remember to check in on them. ·Remind children to be wary of

strangers. including those on the Internet. ·Be wary of con artists. Con artists

use a number of ploys to trick you and steal your property. Some divert your attention while another picks your pocket, some pose as utility workers or as a trades person to gain access to the inside of your home,

while others conduct scams that are

more elaborate involving several con artists. ·Be wary of telephone and email solicitations

asking for personal information about your accounts, passwords or social security number.

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