Sheriff Kevin Mulverhill Offers Holiday Safety Tips

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.

Parking Lots:

  • 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.


At Home:

  • 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.

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