Holiday Safety Tips
- Always lock your vehicle and roll up your windows.
- Keep valuables or packages with you or place them in your trunk. Items such as cellular phones, lap top computers and handbags should be placed out of sight.
- Never leave children unattended in your vehicle or in the store, their safety comes first.
- A Shopping Center is no place for pets; leave them at home instead of in your car.
- If you see suspicious activity, report it immediately to store manager or police.
- Keep valuables such as wallets, purses or packages secure at all times. A purse left unzipped or on top of a shopping cart makes you an easy target.
- If your purse or wallet is lost or stolen, contact the credit card companies immediately! Your credit cards and checks will be used immediately by a thief.
- Never set packages down in a store unattended. This may create opportunity for a potential thief to pick up and leave with your purchases before you even know it.
- Never park in fire lanes or handicapped parking spaces. Even parking “Temporarily” causes safety hazards and inconveniences to those that are in need. Besides, you could be Fined.
- Educate your children about what to do if they get separated from you while shopping.
- When leaving the mall/store have your car keys ready in hand and use the buddy system.
- Either shop with a friend or have security walk you out. Shopping isn’t just fun shopping with friends, it’s safer.
Warning: Committing a crime in the city of Peoria WILL be hazardous to your freedom.
- Keep the outside of your home well lit (front and back)
- Keep your windows and doors locked at all times.
- Large displays of valuables should not be visible through the windows and doors of your home.
- Don’t display gifts beneath the Christmas tree that can been seen from windows or doors.
- After the holidays, don’t advertise gifts received by the boxes left for garbage collection.
- Destroy boxes and place in a sealed, non-clear garbage bags.
- When leaving home for an extended period of time have a trusted neighbor member watch your house and pick up newspapers and mail.
- Contact the Police Department and sign up for a vacation watch.
- Mark or engrave valuables with your Arizona Driver’s license number (not your Social Security number), so they may be identified if recovered.
- Consider putting some Indoor/Outdoor lights on an automatic timer.
- Leave a radio or television on, giving the appearance the home is occupied.