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Posted: Thursday, December 10, 2015. 11:12 am CST.

Posted December 10, 2015. 11:13 a.m. CST.


By Chrisbert Garcia: The Police Department today released its list of Christmas tips as it does each year in an attempt to keep the public safe during this joyous season. This year’s list includes 16 helpful tips on traffic safety, theft of cash and vehicle prevention and child care.

The list is as follows:

  1. Know your limits.  The more you drink, the more likely you are to have an accident; assign a designated driver who will ensure that everyone gets home safety.
  2. Secrecy of cash movement is essential.  Do not make cash deposits at banks a routine. Vary your timing and route to banks.  Where possible change the courier of the deposits. Remember many persons may use the cell phone to commit criminal activities.
  3. Ladies be careful if you are at a party.  Always observe when your drinks are being mixed. When going home ensure that you are in the company of another friend and if escorted by a male ensure he is someone you know well and can trust.  “Prevent Sexual Abuse”.
  4. Do not leave large amount of cash in registers or cash draws or with gas attendants, remove at intervals during business hours and secure in a safe place.
  5. Large sums of cash should not be publicly displayed i.e. gas attendants pulling out large sum of cash to give change.
  6. If you have a vehicle, always try to park in well-lighted area, especially in night times.
  7. Immediately change all locks when house keys are lost or stolen.
  8. Never leave your personal belongings un-attended, especially in crowed places like bus terminals, markets and shopping centers.
  9. Be alert to your surroundings and the people around you especially if you are alone or in the dark.
  10. Never carry large amount of monies in your wallet or shoulder bags when going shopping or to a party.  It’s best to take only what you will need and secure it in a trouser pocket where possible.
  11. When you are out for the evening, leave a light/radio on in a room with closed curtains. Always inform a trusted neighbor when you are out.
  12. Do not leave your children at home without a trusted adult.  Always leave a phone number or address where they can get contact with you.
  13. If possible, don’t walk alone late at night hours, walk in groups whenever you can – there is always safety in numbers.
  14. Do not leave notes outside your home announcing absence.
  15. Do not expose openly, empty containers/packages of new items you bought in-front of your house, so not to attract the burglars interest.
  16. Report suspicious characters or vehicle(s) in your neighborhood/business, memorize or write down the vehicle license plate number and color, learn to describe the unknown characters coming around your neighborhood.


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