Franklin County, NY (December 12, 2012) — With the Christmas and holiday celebration season upon us, Sheriff Mulverhill would like to provide some safety tips that will help everyone to have a safe and enjoyable holiday season. With the increased demands on our time and attention this time of year, we are more vulnerable to crime. Take a few moments to review the following tips and go out shopping and celebrating, confident that you are prepared.
- When walking through parking lots, be aware of your surroundings.
- Always park where there is plenty of light between your car and the store.
- Keep your car locked and have your keys in hand before you go to your car.
- Before leaving your vehicle, make sure there isn’t anything of value in sight, including cell phones, GPS units, and holiday purchases.
- Shop with a friend or relatives; there is safety in numbers.
- Don’t leave your purse unattended (even for a few seconds) in your cart.
- Don’t carry large amounts of money. Keep money in a front pocket.
- Only carry one or two credit cards and make sure you secure them after use.
- If shopping online, stick with established retailers and retailers from our local community with a presence online. Shopping locally is good for the local economy and more secure.
Shopping with Children:
- Always supervise your children in public places. Accompany young children to the restroom.
- Teach young children to go for help if they get separated from you. Teach them to look for a cashier or uniformed security guard.
- If you must allow your teenage children to shop without you, have them take a friend, check in with you on a regular basis, and have a set time and place to pick them up.
- Don’t display your gifts where they can be seen from a window or doorway.
- Lock doors and windows when you leave the house.
- Use only UL-listed extension cords, lights and Christmas ornaments. Don’t overload outlets or electrical boxes.
- When celebrating away from home, don’t drink and drive.
- Choose a designated driver before heading out.
- If hosting a party, provide refreshments for designated drivers and arrange transportation for guests who should not drive home.
- If possible, avoid driving during the early and late evening hours on Christmas and New Years.
- Protect yourself and passengers by wearing a safety belt at all times, in case of a crash.
Please remember that if you are a victim of crime, you should contact law enforcement immediately. If we all follow these common sense tips, we can enjoy a safe and Merry Christmas and a Happy Holiday season.