Safety Tips for a Happy Holiday Season

Photo Courtesy of Elvert Barnes via Flickr The winter holiday season is officially upon us.  From Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day, January 2015, it will be one of the busiest and most enjoyable times of the year for most people. It is, however, also one of the more vulnerable times. Unfortunately, along with the season’s activities – family gatherings, celebrations and shopping trips, the society’s criminal element tries to take advantage of excitement.

With the assistance of Spring Creek Towers’ Department of Public Safety, the Spring Creek Sun compiled the following list of personal safety tips to help readers to have a healthy and happy holiday season, and are applicable year round.

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 those 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.

OUTDOORS:

  • While walking outdoors or in public spaces, keep your head up and avoid using your phone – no talking, texting or playing games.
  • When out at night, travel in groups and on well-traveled streets
  • 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.

IN YOUR VEHICLE:

  • When parking in a public space or garage, choose a well-lit spot and where people are likely to be walking by.
  • When parking in an open lot, garage or driveway, back your vehicle into the space.
  • Do not leave packages on the seats or the floor of your vehicle.

If you think that someone is acting suspiciously or something suspicious is happening, immediately call SCT Department of Public Safety at 718/642.7550. When making your report, you will not be required to identify yourself – just give the facts.

Photo Courtesy of Elvert Barnes via Flickr