Local Police Department Shares Holiday Safety Tips


The Rockville Police Department has shared some holiday tips to make sure you and your possessions remain safe during the season:

“The holiday season is upon us and a time when thieves and fraudsters take advantage of our community’s goodwill. As you go about your holiday shopping or expect those online packages to arrive, we want to remind you of a few helpful tips to keep you, your home, business, vehicles and possessions safe:

*Avoid displaying gifts that can be seen from a window or doorway.

*Talk with your neighbors and have them keep an eye on your home and have them pick up any packages if you are going away for the holidays. Unattended packages and newspapers leave your home vulnerable to thieves and draw unwanted attention to your home. Consider purchasing a lock box to put in front of your house for package deliveries.

*Please notify the Rockville City Police Department if you plan an extended holiday vacation. Let us keep an eye on your home giving you peace of mind while you enjoy the holiday season. Set timers to turn your lights and your TV on and off during nighttime hours. This will give the impression that your home is occupied.

*While shopping, especially in the evening hour, make sure to park in areas with adequate lighting. Consider shopping with others rather than going alone.

*Have your keys readily available before you get to your car, and do not scroll through your smart phone while walking. Always be aware of your surroundings and move to and from your vehicle with a “purpose.”

*While shopping, keep your purse or wallet on you, never lay them down or let them out of your sight. Purse shoulder straps should cross your body and not dangle from your shoulder – keep your wallet in your front pants pocket not your rear pocket.

*And to our local businesses: Please make sure your alarms are activated and working, your store fronts are well lit, and you have operational security cameras.

* Most importantly, report all suspicious people and activity to the police IMMEDIATELY!!!

The Rockville City Police Department cares about you, your family, and the community in which we proudly serve. We wish you Joy and Happiness during the Holiday Season…Stay Safe!!!”

 

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