- Turn on lights, a radio, or a TV so it looks like someone's home.
- Be extra cautious about locking doors and windows
- Don't display gifts where they can be seen from the outside.
If You Are Traveling:
- Get an automatic timer for your lights.
- Ask a neighbor to watch your home: shovel snow, pickup mail, and park in your space from time to time.
- Have mail and newspaper stopped - if it piles up, it's a sure sign that you are gone.
If You Are Shopping:
- Stay alert and be aware of what's going on around you.
- Park in a well-lighted space, lock the car, close the windows, and hide bags and gifts in your trunk.
- Avoid carrying cash, pay with credit cards and checks whenever possible.
- Don't overburden yourself with packages. Be extra careful with purses and wallets.
- Shopping with kids? Teach them to go to a store clerk or security if separated from you.
- See Pickpocket and Theft prevention.
These tips and more can be found on MPD's holiday safety page.
Our personal reminder to you - if you're gonna drink - don't drive. That's what cabs are for. And if you have friends visiting from out of town or even the suburbs, make sure they have a couch to crash on for the night. Cheers!