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City of Margate Police Department
ACCREDITED LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY
Tips for a Happy and Safe Holiday
Shop before dark if possible. Possibly coordinate shopping trips with a friend or family member. Never park in an unlit lot or area, no matter how convenient it is.
Lock your packages and gifts in the trunk of your vehicle, recognizing that the trunk is still susceptible to being broken into. Keep your vehicle’s doors locked and the windows closed.
Avoid carrying large amounts of cash. Pay for purchases with a check, credit card, or debit card when possible.
Don’t overburden yourself with packages. This only encourages purse-snatchers. Have your purchases delivered when possible or have someone from the store assist you to your car.
Be extra careful with purses and wallets. Carry a purse under your arm with the strap over the shoulder and not around your neck. Keep your wallet in your front pants pocket and not the back pocket.
Teach children to go to a store clerk or security guard and ask for help if they become separated from you or the adult they are with. They should never go into a parking lot alone.
Pickpockets like to take advantage of crowds in stores, on the street, and on public transportation. Many work in teams, with one distracting the victim, while the other does the actual pick pocketing. Beware of anyone who jostles you. It may be accidental but in most cases it is not. Women should carry a purse that has a flap that folds over the opening and fastens at the bottom. This is preferable to one that can be opened by simply turning a clasp at the top.
Men who carry wallets or a money clip should keep them in inner or side pockets rather than in
their rear pants pockets. It is a good idea to wrap loose credit cards in a rubber band if you carry the cards in your pocket. This will make it more difficult for a pickpocket to remove them.
Be extra cautious about locking doors and windows when you leave your house or apartment, even for a few minutes.
Don’t display holiday gifts where they can be seen from a window or doorway. Make sure that the gifts are put away before you go away on a holiday trip.
If you go out for the evening, turn on lights and a radio or television so the house or apartment appears to be occupied.
If you take a holiday trip away from your home, have some interior lights activated by an automatic timer. Have a neighbor or family member watch your house, pick up the mail and newspapers, or have the service suspended until you return. Have them park their vehicle in your driveway from time to time.
Be wary of strangers soliciting for charitable donations. They may attempt to take advantage of people’s generosity during the holidays. Don’t be afraid to ask for identification, how donated funds will be used, and if contributions are tax deductible. Don’t donate if you are not comfortable with the answers.
Test your smoke detectors.
Use only fire resistant ornaments on a holiday tree and make sure electric lights are in good working order. Don’t leave the lights on overnight or when you are away from home.
Advise houseguests of your security precautions and make sure they follow them.
Avoid leaving boxes from purchases (especially TV’s, VCR’S, computers, etc.) out on the curb for trash pickup.
Have a Happy and Safe Holiday
From the Margate Police Department