These tips can make holiday season safer
These tips can help you have a safe and happy holiday whether you're traveling or just out for the evening or shopping.
If you're traveling …
• Set an automatic timer for your lights.
• Ask a trusted neighbor to watch your home, pick up your newspaper, collect the mail and park in your driveway from time to time.
• Hide gifts that may be left in the house while you're gone.
If out for the evening …
• Turn on the lights and a radio or the TV so that it appears that someone is home.
• Lock doors and windows, even if only out a few minutes.
• Don't put packages or gifts near windows or where visible.
• Don't leave on holiday lights unattended.
If you're shopping …
• Stay alert and be aware of your surroundings.
• Don't let your guard down just because you are rushing.
• Don't overburden yourself with packages.
• Take extra care with purses and wallets. Carry your purse close to your body. Keep your wallet in an inside coat pocket, front pants pocket or zippered pocket. Don't leave your purse or wallet in your vehicle. Thieves may watch women exiting their vehicles to see whether they carry a purse. If someone tries to steal your purse or wallet, give it to them.
• Never leave your purse unattended in a shopping cart or on a counter.
• Don't carry large amounts of cash or all your credit cards.
• Limit your cash to just what you will need. Bring one debit or credit card and avoid leaving it out where others can read it.
Officer Donna Saxer, Pinellas Park police