Stay alert while shopping to avoid becoming a victim of a distraction burglary. Never leave your purse, wallet or valuable items unattended.
When shopping after dark, park in well-lit areas, remain aware of your surroundings, and shop with friends or relatives because there’s safety in numbers.
Keep holiday packages and valuables in your vehicle out of sight, and always lock your doors. The best place for packages is in the trunk.
When out and about, use only free, public WiFi for internet surfing that does not require personal information. Avoid leaving your Bluetooth on to prevent unwanted access to your devices.
Watch out for ‘shoulder surfing’ at ATMs and points of sale as suspects are known to peek over shoulders to get PIN numbers. If you use a PIN, make sure to cover the keypad when entering your information.
When using an ATM, make sure it is well lighted and try to be accompanied by another person. Go directly to your vehicle to count your cash there, not at the ATM.
If you are traveling during the holidays, have a trusted neighbor pick up your mail and newspapers. You can also call your local police department to inquire about vacation watches or residential security checks.
If you are traveling during the holidays, notify your alarm company, put your lights on a timer and double-check that all windows and doors are locked.
When receiving packages at home, request delivery confirmation, and contact the shipping company to arrange a time when you are home to receive them. You can also arrange for a trusted neighbor to receive packages on your behalf.
Do not display gifts and valuables where they can be seen from a window or doorway.
Do not leave your garage door opener in your vehicle. If someone steals it, they have can access your home.
Do not enter your driveway if a suspicious vehicle has followed you. Go to the nearest safe location or an area where there are people and call the police.