Tis the season to give, but it’s also the ideal time for criminals to prey on innocent victims. Unfortunately, crimes of opportunity happen more around the holidays, so staying alert is essential. To keep you and your family safe, Aliso Viejo Police Services is offering these safety tips for when you’re at home and away.
-Avoid driving alone or at night.
-Keep all car doors and windows locked while in and out of your car.
-If you must shop at night, park in a well-lit area.
-Avoid parking next to vehicles with camper shells or dark tinted windows.
-Do not leave packages or valuables in sight.
-Be sure to locate your keys before walking to your car.
-When walking to your car, be aware of your surroundings.
-Shop during daylight hours whenever possible.
-Avoid wearing expensive jewelry.
-Avoid carrying large amounts of cash.
-Notify the credit card issuer immediately if your credit card is stolen, lost or misused.
-Keep a record of all your credit card numbers in a safe place at home.
-Leave a radio or TV on so the house looks and sounds occupied.
-Large displays of holiday gifts should not be visible through the windows and doors of your home.
-When leaving for an extended amount of time, have a neighbor or family member watch your house and pick up your newspapers and mail.
-If you are not at home, have packages delivered to a location where someone will be available to accept them instead of being left unattended on your porch.
Strangers at Your Door
-Be aware that criminals pose as couriers delivering gifts.
-It is not uncommon for criminals to take advantage of the generosity of people by soliciting donations door-to-door for charitable causes although no charity is involved.
-Donate to a recognized charitable organization.
-Have non-alcoholic beverages available for party guests.
-Have something to eat before consuming alcoholic beverages.
-Eat high protein foods that will stay in your stomach longer and slow the absorption of alcohol into your system.
-Know your safe limit.
-Never drink and drive.
For more information about Neighborhood Watch or other crime prevention programs, call 949-425-2563.