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North Riverside Police Department
Wednesday November 28th, 2012 :: 12:46 p.m. CST


Holiday Crime Prevention Tips from the North Riverside Police Department. Have a Safe and Happy Holiday Season.

The holiday season is approaching quickly and the North Riverside Police Department would like to remind you to be wary of burglars, thieves, pickpockets, and other holiday grinches. Nothing can ruin the holiday spirit faster than becoming the victim of a crime. Here are some tips and strategies to assist you and your loved ones with having a safer and more enjoyable holiday season.

Make sure to lock doors and windows when you leave your house or apartment, even for a few minutes.

When you are away from home for a couple of days use an inexpensive light timer to turn lights on and off and ask a trusted neighbor to pick up your newspapers and mail.

If you go out for the evening, turn on lights and a radio or television so the house or apartment appears to be occupied.

Burglars prefer to enter through unlocked doors or windows. A holiday problem can occur when exterior Christmas light extension cords are run inside through a window and prevent it from being secured.

Don’t leave descriptive telephone answering machine messages like, “You’ve reached the Smith’s, we are out of town for the holidays, please leave a message.” This will tip off potential criminals, who may take the opportunity to break in and burglarize your home.

Don’t pile up empty gift boxes from your new computer, DVD player, or stereo receiver on the street for the garbage service. This may tip off burglars that you have expensive gifts inside for them to steal. Break the boxes down or cut them up to conceal the items better.

The holidays are a time of year when many of us will be busy shopping and running errands. We must not forget that criminals will also be out and about looking for easy targets.

Stay alert and pay attention to your surroundings at all times.

Lock your packages and gifts in your vehicle's trunk. Keep your vehicle's doors locked and windows closed. Leaving packages and valuables in plain sight invites criminals to break into your car to steal them.

Have your keys readily available in your hand before you go to your car.

When you return to your vehicle, scan the interior of your car to be sure no one is hiding inside. Check to make sure that you are not being followed.

Avoid carrying large amounts of cash. Pay for purchases with a check, credit card, or debit card when possible.

To discourage purse-snatchers, don't overburden yourself with packages that you have to carry. Have your purchases delivered whenever practical.

Be extra careful with purses and wallets. Carry a purse under your arm. Keep a wallet in an inside jacket pocket, not a back trouser pocket.

Beware of strangers approaching you for any reason. At this time of year, "con- artists" may try various methods of distracting you with the intention of taking your money or belongings.


North Riverside Police Department
2359 S. Des Plaines Ave
North Riverside, IL 60546

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 708-447-9191

Anthony Garvey
Chief of Police

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