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Holiday Safety Tips

25 November 2015   Sgt. Jake Jackson

It’s important to be careful when enjoying festivities with friends and family. These tips provided by the Prescott Valley Police are really just common sense.

The Prescott Valley Police Department would like to remind citizens that the Holiday season is an important time to be careful while you enjoy festivities with friends and family. Here are a few safety tips to help you be more prepared while you enjoy the Holidays.

  • Shop during daylight hours whenever possible. If you must shop at night, go with a friend or family member.
  • Dress casually and comfortably and avoid wearing expensive jewelry.
  • Do not carry a purse or wallet, if possible. Carry your purse close to your body or your wallet inside a coat or front trouser pocket. They are the prime targets of criminals in crowded shopping areas.
  • Even though you are rushed and thinking about a thousand things, stay alert to your surroundings.
  • Always carry your Driver License or Identification Card along with necessary cash, checks and/or a credit card you expect to use.
  • Avoid carrying large amounts of cash and keep cash in your front pocket. Pay for purchases with a check or credit card when possible.
  • Notify the credit card issuer immediately if your credit card is lost, stolen or misused.
  • Keep a record of all of your credit card numbers / driver’s license in a safe place at home.
  • Avoid overloading yourself with packages. It is important to have clear visibility and freedom of motion to avoid mishaps.
  • Save all receipts. Print and save all confirmations from your online purchases. Start a file folder to keep all receipts together and to help you verify credit card statements as they come in.
  • Wait until asked before pulling out your credit card or checkbook. An enterprising thief would love to shoulder surf to get your account information. Cover the PIN pad when entering your PIN number.
  • Tell a security guard or store employee if you see an unattended bag or package. The same applies if you are using mass transit.
  • Have your keys in hand when approaching your vehicle. Check the backseat and around the car before getting in.
  • Do not leave packages visible in your car windows. Lock them in the trunk, or, if possible, take them directly home.
Find more safety tips in the following areas at: Stay Safe During the Holidays
  • Driving
  • Automated Teller Machine (ATM)
  • Children
  • At Home
  • Shopping Online