Monday, November 21, 2011

Winter and Holiday Safety Tips

EPPD Officer Henry Slack gives some great tips for safety during the winter and holiday season:

EL PASO, TEXASThe El Paso Police Department wants everyone to have a safe Winter and upcoming Holiday Season. As a reminder here are some safety tips to keep in mind.

At Home:

  • Be sure to lock your doors and windows when you leave your home.
  • Do not display holiday gifts where they can be seen from a window or doorway.
  • Leave some lights on.
  • Leave a radio on.
  • Leave drapes/curtains in a normal position.
  • Mark your valuables with your driver’s license number.
  • Pickup mail and newspapers.
  • Never give information about your home over the telephone.
  • Always call police to report any suspicious activity.

While Shopping:

  • Always keep your children close to you.
  • Do not shop alone.
  • Never take more money than you need to make your purchases.
  • Do not flash your money when paying for items.
  • Pay with a check card or credit card.
  • Be aware of you surroundings.
  • Do not leave any purchases or purses unattended.
  • Do not overburden yourself with packages.
  • Carry your purse close to your body.

Your car:

  • Lock your vehicle.
  • Use any antitheft devices.
  • Do not leave any packages or valuables inside the vehicle.
  • Approach your vehicle with your keys out and ready.
  • Park in well lighted areas.
  • Keep your vehicle in proper working order.
  • If something seems wrong, get help from security or call the police.

Outside Activities:

  • Dress appropriate to weather conditions and type of activity.
  • If Walking, Running, or Riding a Bike, wear reflective of light colored clothing.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Obey all traffic laws.
  • Don’t let yourself become distracted.
  • Hiking – notify individuals of intended route, estimated length of trip and expected return time.
  • Be prepared for inclement weather.
  • Be aware of individuals walking, running, and biking during the cooler weather
  • Don’t drink and drive.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.

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