FROM TOPEKA POLICE - Don't make it easy for criminals to play Scrooge at your home. Follow these tips and take our safety quiz.
* Make sure large displays of presents are not visible through the windows and doors of your home. This is an invitation to burglars.
* Secure all windows and doors to your home – even when you’re leaving for just a few minutes.
When out and about:
* Shop during daylight hours whenever possible. If you shop at night, go with a friend.
* Avoid wearing expensive jewelry.
Take the following holiday safety quiz to see the areas where you can improve. Answer either Yes, No or Not Applicable.
Do you take a friend or family member with you when you go shopping?
Do you pay for purchases with a check or credit/debit card and avoid carrying large sums of cash?
Do you place packages in the trunk of your car or out-of-sight from potential thieves?
Do you lock the doors and windows of your house, even if you are leaving for just a few minutes?
Do you get your keys out before you approach your parked vehicle?
Do you have a record of all your credit card numbers in a secure place?
Have you instructed your child to contact a store clerk for help if you become separated?
Do you check the identification of all persons delivering packages to your home?
Do you keep gift-wrapped packages out of sight of windows and doors of your home?
When you carry cash while shopping, do you carry it in your front pocket?
If you use an ATM, do you always use one in a secure location such as inside a mall or store?
Do you always park in a well-lighted area?
Do you avoid wearing expensive jewelry or watches while shopping?
Do you avoid parking next to vans, trucks with camper shells or cars with tinted windows?
Do you make sure that you take your purchase or ATM receipts with you, rather than putting them into the trash?
When you use an ATM, do you shield your PIN number from the view of others?
When you leave the house, do you leave a radio or television on so that the house seems occupied?
‘No’ answers are areas for improvement while ‘Yes’ answers are areas you are doing what is necessary to help reduce the risk of crime.
Each week a few Holiday Safety Tips will be featured in a media release to help keep the citizens of Topeka informed and Safe.