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Durham Police Dept. offers holiday crime prevention tips

Posted December 8, 2007 8:13 p.m. EST
Updated November 18, 2008 12:20 p.m. EST

— The Durham Police Department wants everyone to have a safe holiday season.  Here are some safety tips:

  • Be aware of your surroundings at all times.
  • Be alert to suspicious people and vehicles.
  • Avoid dangerous situations.

If You Are Traveling:

  • Get an automatic timer for your lights.
  • Ask a neighbor to watch your home and park in your driveway periodically.
  • Don’t forget to have mail , newspaper and deliveries stopped.

If You Are Out For The Evening:

  • Turn on lights, radio or a TV so that it looks like someone is home.
  • Be extra cautious about locking doors and windows when you leave, even if it’s just for a few minutes.
  • Don’t display gifts where they can be seen from the outside.

If You Are Out Shopping:

  • Stay alert and be aware of what is going on around you at all times.
  • Park in well-lit areas, and be sure to lock the car, close the windows and place all shopping bags and gifts in the trunk.
  • Avoid carrying large amounts of cash; pay with a check or credit card whenever
    possible. 
  • Pay attention to people walking in front of and behind you.
  • Always lock your vehicle and store all items out of sight.
  • If you take packages to the car but plan to return to the store or mall, drive to a new location.
  • When returning to your vehicle (or home), have your keys in your hand ready to open the door.