5 Tips for Holiday Safety

November 1, 2016

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The holidays are a time for fun and celebration with family and friends. However, the hectic pace of the holidays can also present increased risks, such as overcrowded stores and greater opportunities for thieves to target your valuables and personal information.

Here are five simple tips to for a safe and enjoyable holiday season:

  1. Watch Out for Porch Pirates
    Theft of¬†packages from porches and stoops increase as online shopping drives more home deliveries during the holidays. Take advantage of electronic delivery alerts and other protections to make sure your gifts are safely delivered ‚ÄĒ and received.
  2. Beware of Parking Lot Pilfering
    While you are in the mall purchasing gifts, thieves roam through parking lots looking to steal valuable items in unlocked cars. Always remember to lock car doors, park in well-lit areas and hide valuables from plain view.
  3. Protect Your Identity, Both Online and in Stores
    Before you go shopping, think about how much information a thief would get if your wallet or purse was stolen. Avoid carrying Social Security cards, birth certificates or passports unless absolutely necessary. When shopping online, only use a secure website, log off from that site after your purchase, and monitor your credit card activity regularly throughout the holidays.
  4. Travel Safely
    The holiday season brings a number of unique driving risks. During this time of year, we have difficult weather conditions, limited daylight, and drivers in unfamiliar areas. By planning extra travel time and eliminating distractions, you can help ensure safe travels during the holidays.
  5. Prevent a Home Fire ‚Äď Use Candles Wisely
    Christmas Day, Christmas Eve and Dec. 23. are three of the top five days for home fires caused by candles. Never leave a burning candle unattended, and do not put any candles or open flames near Christmas trees or other holiday decorations because it might spark a fire in your home.

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