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San Diego County Sheriff's Department
Friday November 26th, 2010 :: 07:22 p.m. PST


Holiday Safety Tips

Sheriff Bill Gore's "Holiday Watch" is now underway to keep you and your family safe. Crime prevention specialists offer the following tips so you don't become a victim.

If you're traveling:

Get an automatic timer for your lights.
Ask neighbors to watch your home and park in your driveway from time to time.
Don't forget to have mail and newspaper delivery stopped. If it piles up, it's a sure sign you're gone.

If you're out for the evening:

Turn on lights and a radio or TV so it looks like someone's home.
Be extra cautious about locking doors and windows when you leave, even if it's just for a few minutes.
Don't display gifts where they can be seen from outside.

If you're shopping:

Stay alert and be aware of what's going on around you.
Park in a well-lighted space and be sure to lock the car, close the windows, and hide shopping bags and gifts in the trunk.
Avod carrying large amounts of cash.
Deter pickpockets and purse-snatchers. Don't overburden yourself with packages.
Shopping with kids? Teach them to stay put to be found and to approach a store clerk or security guard if you get separated.

San Diego County Sheriff's Department
9621 Ridgehaven Ct
San Diego, CA 92123

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 858-565-5200

Melissa Aquino
Public Affairs

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