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It’s hard to believe that the Holidays are here again. How time does fly. So, let’s talk about a few safety strategies that are simple to remember and practice as we get ready for our Holiday festivities with family, friends, and the community.

It’s important to:

  1. Stay alert to your surroundings and don’t occupy your mind with problems or worries while you’re walking, driving, or while anywhere in a public place. Notice who’s around you, make eye contact with everyone you pass by, and make sure you have plenty of distance between you and someone else if you need to make a quick getaway.

  2. When approaching your parked car or home entrance door, hold your key securely between your thumb and index finger as you approach. This does 2 things: it shows your confidence and preparation for safety, and secondly, you can use it as a self-defense tool if absolutely necessary.

  3. Carry on your person only 1 credit card and/or very little cash while shopping. DO NOT CARRY YOUR MEDICARE CARD OR SOCIAL SECURITY CARD in your wallet or purse. Identity thieves would love to have access to either one so that they can go on lots of free shopping sprees using your own hard earned money. And never leave any purse or wallet unattended even for a second.

  4. Keep all car doors locked while driving and when parked to help prevent theft from your vehicle. Make sure to keep all valuable items locked in your trunk.

  5. If you see something suspicious, please call your local police department or 911 to report the incident.

  6. Crime prevention is not just a job for the police, but a collaborative effort by every member of this community to help those who are most vulnerable to victimization.

Being proactive for ourselves and our community has great rewards. Not only does it lower the risk of crime, but it gives us better peace of mind for a truly enjoyable Holiday season.

From the desk of Jane Constant
Senior Relations Specialist
Nashua Police Department.

Posted on: November 30, 2016