The Holiday Season is a very special time of year. It’s a time for family, friends, and festivities. But it’s also a time when busy people forget to be careful about their personal safety and property. As a result, people can become victims of burglaries, thefts, frauds and con-games.
The Covington Police Department offers a few suggestions to ensure your holidays are safe and secure. By using these crime prevention tips, you can help protect yourself and your valuables from holiday crime.
Avoid Package Theft: 4 Tips to Protect Your Packages
- Have your packages delivered when someone is home or to your work
- Ask your neighbor to pick up delivered packages
- Track your package so you know when to expect delivery
- Use Security Cameras
What to Do If Your Package is Stolen?
- File police report
- File a claim with the delivery service
4 ways to Grinch-proof Your Holiday Light Displays
- Turn off light display at night
- Install Security Cameras
- Bring in valuable items at night
- Stay connected with neighbors and neighborhood apps
Traveling Away from Home Safety Tips
- Get automatic timers for your lights.
- Ask a trusted neighbor to watch your home, pick up your mail, and park in your driveway from time to time.
Holiday Shopping Safety Tips
- Stay alert and be aware of your surroundings.
- Park in well-lit areas, and be sure to lock the car, close your windows, and hide all gifts and shopping bags in the trunk.
- Avoid carrying large amounts of cash.
- Carry your purse close to your body and put your wallet in an inside pocket or front pants pocket.
- Have your keys ready to enter your vehicle when you approach it. Use your “panic button” on your key fob if you become nervous or think you are being followed.
- Lock your doors immediately upon entering your vehicle.
Home Safety Tips
- Always use caution when answering your door for a stranger, but especially during the holiday season! Criminals often use disguises and pose as couriers during the holiday season.
- The holidays are the season for giving but donate only to trusted charitable organizations. Always ask for identification; if you do not get a good feeling from the person, refuse to donate.
- Sign up for Covington Police Department’s Out of Town Vacation Watch program if you are leaving for the holidays.
Watch Out for Scams
- Do not give or verify personal or financial information about you or anyone else over the phone to anyone you don’t know personally.
- Government officials will never call your home asking for payment.
- Be wary of aggressive solicitors or panhandlers at your front door, and NEVER invite them into your home.
- Consider posting a “NO SOLICITING” sign that is visible to anyone approaching your door.
The men and women of the Covington Police Department are committed to your safety and security. Safety touches all aspects of our lives, and we encourage the use of these crime prevention methods and safety techniques in a spirit of cooperation between the Covington Police Department and the public we serve.
We wish you and your loved ones a happy and safe Holiday Season!