Holiday safety tips

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Criminals love the holidays as much as everyone else, mainly because it can afford the perfect opportunity to commit crime.

This holiday season, don’t let the spirit of giving lull you into giving burglars, muggers, or pickpockets a chance to do their dirty work! Keep these tips in mind for a safe and happy holiday season.


• Don’t let your guard down just because you are rushing.

• Stay alert and be aware of everything around you at all times.

• Park in well-lighted areas.

• Lock your car doors and hide packages in the trunk, or under a seat. Thieves have been known to watch for this activity so do it before you get to the stores/mall. Visible mail or valuables is an open invitation to thieves.

• Don’t carry large amounts of cash. Pay with a check or credit card.

• Don’t put your purse in the seat of a shopping cart (this is an all too common theft in Shoreline). Carry your purse close to your body and not dangling by the strap.

• It’s best to simply take your wallet with you while you shop, carrying it in the front pocket of your trousers.

Out for the evening…

• Turn on lights in your house, and a radio or TV, so it appears that someone is home.

• Lock all doors and windows while you’re out, even if you’ll be gone for only a few minutes.

• Don’t leave packages or gifts near windows or in other high-visibility areas.

Stranger at the door…

• Stay alert for suspicious-looking couriers delivering packages to your or your neighbors.

• Many con artists take advantage of holiday generosity by going door-to-door seeking donations.

The city of Shoreline has a Municipal Code governing Solicitors. Contact the Clerks's Office at 206-801-2234 if you have questions. Door-to-Door Solicitor info is also posted on the Police Website via the City of Shoreline website.

Contact your Police Storefront offices for more information on Crime Prevention.

     Eastside Center 206-363-8424

     Westside Center 206-546-3636

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