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November 23, 2014

HPD's Encourages Everyone to Have a Safe Holiday

The next few weeks will be a busy time for everyone and while we might be distracted with the hustle of the holiday season, HPD wants everyone to remember a few simple tips that will help you and your family stay safe.

While shopping you should stay alert to your surroundings. 
.        Don't walk and talk on your phone and only carry what cards and cash are necessary.
.        Secure your belongings out of sight and keep your purse nearby at all times.

The holiday season also means increased spending so be careful to protect your personal data. 
.        Be wary of who you provide your personal information to and watch for credit skimming devices. 
.        Watch your financial statements closely and report inconsistencies immediately.

When you make your holiday purchases, stow them in the trunk prior to your next destination. 
.        If you are stowing packages in your trunk and then heading back in to keep shopping, move your vehicle and park in a different place. 
.        Make your most expensive purchase your last purchase of the day and take the item straight home. 
.        Criminals are watching what you are buying and whether you are going to leave it unattended in your car after you make your purchase.

Don't forget to protect your home
.        At home keep the outside well lit, doors locked and curtains closed. 
.        If you are traveling out of town have a neighbor watch your house and put your lights on a timer. 
.        It might be tempting to display your tree in the window for everyone to see, it's best to keep your tree and gifts where on-lookers can't see. 

When it's time to clean up remember not to advertise what gifts you received. 
.        Destroy the boxes or place them in sealed garbage bags before you set them out for garbage collection.

HPD wishes everyone a happy and safe holidays.  For more information on holiday safety tips visit http://www.houstontx.gov/police/pdfs/holiday_safety.pdf.


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