AND PERSONAL SAFETY FOR THE HOLIDAYS
again it is that time of year again. The Holidays are upon us and the Hubbard
Township Police Department wants to make sure you and your family have a happy
and safe holiday season. And we want to review some ways to protect your home,
automobile, and yourself.
can occur any time of year as your know. However, burglars also know that due to
the holiday shopping many of us are undertaking we tend to have many more
electronics, jewelry, and other valuables in our homes. Also, because we are
shopping, we are out of the house more often and for extended periods of time.
criminals seek out easy targets. So what can we do to prevent breaks? Here are
some pretty basic things you can do to prevent burglaries:
solid wooden doors, or doors reinforced with steel.
installing a peephole.
window pegs (drill a hole into the moveable part of the window through the frame
and insert a peg or nail).
sure all windows are closed and locked securely.
not allow shrubbery to grow over windows, walkways, or doorways or other wise
conceal criminals while they break into your home.
as much lighting as possible. Place floodlights near doorways, garages, sheds,
windows, pathways, and donít forget the back of the house too!
lighting on motion detectors and / or timers. This can be done very
allow strangers in your home. Donít let telephone callers know your home alone
or that your house is empty at certain times (Remember not to give out personal
information including credit cards).
your personal plans to your self, donít even tell co-workers.
your routine. Criminals donít like to be surprised.
away ladders and other tools when not in use. You donít want to arm a burglar
with the tools of his trade or a potential weapon.
gone for a period of time, use call forwarding, timers for electrical appliances
(lights, radio, television), arrange for mail and newspaper collection, snow
shoveling, or grass mowing.
all of your valuables including serial numbers. This may also include
photographing and videotaping. Check insurance coverage and mark all of your
belongings with an etching device.
organized with neighbors so all of you can watch each otherís property.
that weíve covered just some of the basics of home security (some of which I
reviewed last Christmas with you), letís take a look at personal shopping
shopping bags and merchandise in the trunk, not in the back seat where it can be
seen and easily stolen.
should drape pocketbook strap diagonally across their body.
and women should not carry large amounts of cash.
are just some of the tips we at the Hubbard Township Police Department would
like to provide for you to make your season a bit less stressful. Remember that
you can call us any time to report any suspicious activity. There is no such
thing as a wrong call to the police.
would also like to remind you to be careful of heaters, Christmas decorations
(placement of candles in windows, dried out trees) and so forth. In this season
of celebration and of much colder temperatures, none of us at the Wilmington
Fire or Police Department want to see you and your families become the victims
of a preventable fire.