The holiday season is upon us and we can never be too careful, too prepared or too aware. Below are a few crime prevention tips we would like to remind everyone about. Please share this information with family, friends and neighbors.
- Make sure all doors and windows have secondary locks (window pins, deadbolts, dowels, etc.) and use them!
- Don’t hide spare keys in mailboxes, planters or under doormats.
- Ensure that dark areas and entrances have outdoor lights that are turned on after dark or are activated by sensors.
- Keep trees and shrubbery trimmed so they do not conceal doors and windows. Remember, overgrown foliage can provide a hiding place for criminals.
- Consider using safe deposit boxes for coin and stamp collections, seldom-worn jewelry, stock bonds, etc.
- Be sure to mail cards, checks or gift certificates from the post office or at a blue U.S. Postal Service collection box.
- Lock your vehicle and remove all valuables no matter where you park your vehicle. Yes, even in your own driveway.
- Be extra cautious about locking doors and windows when you leave the house, even for a few minutes.
- When leaving home for an extended time, have a neighbor or family member watch your house and pick up your newspapers and mail.
- Use automatic timers for inside lights when not at home.
- Leave a radio or television on so the house looks and sounds occupied.
- Holiday gifts should not be visible through the windows and doors of your home.
- When setting up a Christmas tree or other holiday display, make sure doors and passageways are clear inside your home.
- Be sure your Christmas tree is mounted on a sturdy base so children, elderly persons or family pets cannot pull it over on themselves.
- If you use lights on your Christmas tree, ensure the wiring is not damaged or frayed. Frayed or damaged wiring can cause a fire.
- Keep your Christmas tree watered. A dry tree can cause a fire.
- Keep gifts and decorations at a safe distance from the fireplace.
The Dallas Police Department wishes you a safe, happy and peaceful holiday season.