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Public Safety Tips for the Holiday Season

December 7, 2016

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department would like to remind the public about safety tips for this holiday season. With all the entertainment and activities associated with the holiday season it’s easy to overlook some personal safety practices. Below are some helpful tips to keep in mind:

  • Car Safety – Do not leave packages or valuables visible within your car. Always lock your doors and windows and don’t forget to set your alarm or use an anti-theft device.

  • Shopping Trips – Always be aware of your surroundings. If shopping at night, go with a friend or family member.

  • Shopping With Little Ones – Teach children to stay close to you at all times while shopping and never allow children to make unaccompanied trips to the restroom.

  • Package Delivery – With the online shopping trend, more people are having packages stolen right off their front porch. If you are expecting a package, request signature confirmation or have a trusted neighbor hold the package for you.

  • Gift Package Disposal – Dispose of big gift boxes discreetly. Packaging for items such as TV’s, computers etc., should be broken down before disposing. Do not let everyone see the wonderful gifts your family received during the holidays.

  • Answering the Door – Criminals will often scope out your home posing as a sales person or someone looking for charitable donations. Be cautious when talking to people whom you are unfamiliar with and do not let them in your home.

  • Leave the Lights On – Leave outside lights on at night or set them on a timer. During the day, leave the radio or television on so the house looks and sounds occupied.

  • Traveling – If you are going away for the holidays, have a neighbor or family member watch your house and pick up your newspapers and mail.

The Riverside Sheriff’s Department is committed to public safety and wishes everyone joy and happiness during this holiday season. Citizens are encouraged to call their local law enforcement stations to report any suspicious activities, vehicles or persons.

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