Holiday Safety Tips

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Originally Posted December 05, 2013

Don’t let the spirit of giving extend to criminals!   The following are a few timely reminders:

When shopping:

  • Park in a well-lit space
  • Don’t carry a lot of cash—use checks/ credit cards
  • Keep purchases in your trunk, not in plain view
  • If returning to the store, move your car to another area
  • Lock your car

When at home:

  • Window coverings should be closed so gifts can’t be seen
  • Before you go to bed or leave home, check, close, and lock windows or doors, including the garage door

When traveling:

  • Get an automatic timer for lights
  • Ask a neighbor to watch your home and to park in the driveway from time to time
  • Stop delivery of mail/newspaper

And, when celebrating the New Year:

  • Don’t drink and drive. Encourage designated drivers and have the number for a taxi service on hand. If hosting a party, make sure non-alcoholic beverages are available.
  • All fireworks are dangerous and illegal in Escondido.
  • Ring in the New Year with noisemakers or pots and pans, not with a bang of a gun or the slam of a cell door!