Safety Tips for A Happy Holiday Season

The pandemic has a created a new level of health safety concerns for everyone, and it’s important to understand that in addition to making sure we wear masks, maintain social distance, and wash our hands, we should also continue be aware of our surroundings this holiday season. The Spring Creek Sun compiled the following list of safety tips that are applicable during the holiday season and all year round.  Remember the Department of Public Safety is always there for you, so if you see something suspicious or require help, contact them at 718-642-7550 and in the event of an emergency call 911.

AT HOME:

  • Before you reach your building and apartment doors, have your keys in your hand; make sure no unknown person(s) are following behind you.
  • Before entering or exiting any building or elevator, take your time and look to see that the area is clear of any suspicious person(s) or activity.
  • Do not enter or exit any building or elevator when you feel uncomfortable with people already in the area.
  • Never open or hold your building’s entrance doors (front or rear) for anyone who does not have a key.
  • Never buzz into your building a person(s) that you do not know or expect.
  • When you return home or reach your final destination, if you have a number of packages or bulky items – ask a relative, friend or neighbor to help you to bring your packages inside. (And don’t forget to wash your hands!)

OUTDOORS:

  • While walking outdoors or in public spaces, keep your head up and avoid using your phone – no talking, texting, listening to music, or playing games.
  • Try not to travel at night, but if you do bring someone you are in quarantine with or socially distance with a friend.
  • Do not keep car and apartment keys in your handbag.

AT THE BANK:

  • When visiting a bank or ATM, count and put away your money in front of the teller or at the machine.
  • Never discuss your personal finances with a stranger.

SHOPPING:

  • If you carry a purse or bag, tuck it under your arm. Do not carry it in your hand or by its shoulder strap.
  • Avoid a purse snatching by carrying a small purse that is kept in your pocket.
  • Keep your wallet in your pants’ front pocket or your coat/jacket’s inside pocket.
  • Only carry the amount of cash that you need at the time.
  • Do not pull out and show that you have a large sum of money.

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION:

  • When getting on or off mass transit – particularly buses, be protective of your bag(s) and packages to avoid having them taken from you (also make sure you don’t leave anything behind on the bus/train).

IN YOUR VEHICLE:

  • When parking on public streets choose a well-lit spot.
  • Do not leave packages, pocketbooks/wallets visible on the seats or the floor of your vehicle. Even though you may not have any money in your pocketbook or wallet, a thief doesn’t know that, and may damage your car in trying to grab the item.

If you think that someone is acting suspiciously contact the SCT Department of Public Safety at 718-642-7550 or in the event of an emergency immediately call 911. When making your report, you will not be required to identify yourself – just give the facts.