Holiday Crime Prevention Tips

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.