NEWS RELEASE

Holiday Safety Tips

December 1, 2011

HOLIDAY SAFETY TIPS

Keeping Your Neighborhood Safe

° First, share these tips with your neighbors. Establish a network with your neighbors and make a plan for mutual protection and notification.
° Get your Neighborhood Watch group together and go caroling. Visit the elderly and others in your area that may be homebound during the holidays.

Staying Safe While Shopping

° Always lock your car and close the windows, even if you're only gone a few moments. When possible, lock all merchandise or packages in the trunk of your car. Load your packages before departing, not at the next destination.
° Shop with at least one partner. Have your car or house key in your hand as you approach the door. If attacked use those keys as weapons!
° Stay alert to your surroundings and the people around you. Look inside your car and around it as you approach.
° Be extra careful with purses and wallets. Carry a purse under your arm. Keep wallets in an inside pocket.
° Avoid carrying large amounts of cash.
° Plan your trips. Instead of one big shopping trip, try several small ones. This will cut down on the amount of money you carry, the packages you'll be encumbered with, and it will make your shopping less stressful.
° REMEMBER TO SHOP IN TROY!!!!
° Park in well-lighted areas that will be well-lighted when you return.

Keeping Your Credit and Identity Safe

° If you write checks, use only the necessary information, name, address, phone number. Never give your social security number.
° Safeguard your credit cards and checks as you do cash. Do not leave them in jacket pockets or sitting out in restaurants.
° Keep your purse or wallet on you. Shoulder straps should cross your body, not dangling from your shoulder. Do not lay them in a shopping basket. Be sure they are closed securely.
° Make a list of all your credit cards, debit cards and checks with account numbers. Keep the list in a secure place at home.
° Notify issuers immediately if your card is lost, stolen or misused.
° Take your time when making a purchase. Be sure you collect your license, credit card, or check book and your receipt.
° Keep your receipts and reconcile your statement. Promptly report any discrepancies to the issuer.
° Consider Direct Deposit of your payroll or benefit checks; it's safe and convenient and prevents the theft of your checks.

ABOVE ALL, IF YOU ARE VICTIM OF A CRIME, REPORT IT TO THE TROY POLICE DEPARTMENT IMMEDIATELY!!

HOLIDAY SAFETY QUIZ

Q: Do you take a friend or family member with you when you go shopping at night?

YES___NO___

Q: Do you pay for purchases with a check or credit/debit card and avoid carrying large sums of cash?

YES___ NO___

Q: Do you place packages in the trunk of your car or out-of-sight from potential thieves?

YES___ NO___

Q: Do you lock the doors and windows of your house, even if you are leaving for just a few minutes?

YES___ NO___

Q: Do you get your keys out before you approach your parked vehicle?

YES___ NO___

Q: Do you have a record of all your credit card numbers in a secure place?

YES___ NO___

Q: Have you instructed your child to contact a store clerk for help if you become separated?

YES___NO___

Q: Do you check the identification of all persons delivering packages to your home?

YES___ NO___

Q: Do you keep gift-wrapped packages out of sight of windows and doors of your home?

YES___ NO___

Q: If you use an ATM machine, do you always use one in a secure location such as inside a mall or store?

YES___ NO___

Q: Do you always park in a well-lighted area?

YES___ NO___

Q: Do you avoid wearing expensive jewelry or watches while shopping?

YES___ NO___

Q: Do you avoid parking next to vans, trucks with camper shells, or cars with tinted windows?

YES___ NO___

Q: Do you make sure that you take your purchase or ATM receipts with you, rather than putting them into the trash?

YES___ NO___

Q: When you use an ATM machine, do you shield your PIN number from the view of others?

YES___ NO___

Q: When you leave the house, do you leave a radio or television on so that the house seems occupied?

YES___ NO___

Q: Have you recorded the serial numbers of your property and placed in a safe place?

YES___ NO___


For Further Information Contact:
Sgt. Benny Scarbrough
Administrative Assistant to the Chief of Police
Troy Police Department
334-566-0500 Fax 334-566-2469

Email
Sgt. Scarbrough