Stay safe and enjoy the holiday season with these tips from the Pasadena Police Department.
Away for the holidays or out for the day
• Lock all doors and windows –even if your only gone for a few minutes
• Set the Alarm if you have one
• Ask a neighbor to pick up mail and newspapers daily
• Have interior and exterior lights go on/off on timers – give your home the appearance that someone is there
• Leave a radio on
• Don’t leave presents under the tree where they are visible from a door or window.
• Always ask who’s there when the door bell rings or there is a knock at the door. Burglars sometimes case residential neighborhoods for unattended homes and unsuspecting victims. If you suspect this is happening, a description of the person and a vehicle if possible.
• Do not open the door if you are suspicious of the person on the other side
• Many con artists take advantage of holiday generosity by going door to door. Always ask for identification or printed information before you make a donation, or ask where you can mail a check.
• Leave porch lights and outside lights on during evening/night time hours.
• Lock your car and put all packages and valuables – including cell phones and GPS units – in the trunk of your car where they can’t be seen
• Park in well-lit and populated areas, and as close to stores as possible
• Avoid isolated elevators and stairwells
• If possible, don’t shop alone – invite a friend or relative to go with you
• If you use public transportation, don’t get on or off at isolate stops, don’t carry valuables or wear flashy jewelry, and sit close to or with other passengers.
• Be aware of your surroundings and watch for suspicious people around you
• Look confident as you walk
• Avoid risky situations such as alleys and isolated areas.
• If you have to carry a purse, hold it in tucked close to the front of your body
• Don’t leave your purse or shopping bags unattended
• Don’t overload yourself with packages and bags
• Make sure children know what to do and who to tell if they become separated from you; teach them to go to a store cashier, security guard or police officer
• Avoid pickpockets; be aware of strangers who involve you in irrelevant conversation, push or bump into you
• If robbers or purse-snatchers threaten you, given them what they want. Remember, none of it is worth your life.
• Report all suspicious or criminal activity immediately. Dial 9-1-1 on your cell phone or quickly ask some for help
• Keep alcohol consumption to a limit
• Don’t drink and drive!