Holiday Safety Tips

The Plano Police Department has recently published a number of crime and safety tips for the holidays on the private neighborhood network “Nextdoor.”  Our Ridgeview Ranch Crime Watch Coordinator, John McGraw, re-posted them on the Ridgeview Ranch Nextdoor network and I am posting them here for those of you who are not members. If you would like to join the newtork, you can go to https://nextdoor.com/invite/shtruxbfhrjzshwcxdyc  and sign up today.

Safe and Happy Holidays to you all!

‘Tis the season… that burglaries increase in cities across the area. Here are some simple tips to help reduce your chances of becoming a victim of this crime.

HOLIDAY SAFETY TIPS FOR YOUR VEHICLE: 

1. LOCK your vehicle. Almost 25% of these thefts occur from unlocked vehicles.
2. Don’t leave any valuables in sight. Even an empty gym or duffle bag in the car can entice a criminal to break in to see if anything is inside.
3. Remove, or put away your accessories. Leaving a GPS, iPod, or even a charger plugged in are signs for a thief that something might be inside.
4. Set your car alarm. Don’t have an alarm? Well you might consider purchasing one as they are relatively inexpensive these days and the alarm activation will send a burglar running.
5. Park in well lit areas at night. This includes your house. Install lighting in your driveway if you leave your car out at night to illuminate the vehicle. Provide the thief as little cover as possible.
6. Don’t store a spare key on your car. The criminals know the most common hiding spots and will look for hidden keys.
7. If you have to store items in your vehicle rather than removing them, make sure you put them in the trunk or other hidden location BEFORE you arrive at your destination.
8. Common sense and instincts are the best crime prevention tool. I keep saying this over and over but I can’t stress it enough…REPORT SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY OR PERSONS! We have caught many criminals just off of someone thinking something didn’t look right and calling us.

HOLIDAY HOME SAFETY TIPS FOR YOUR HOME: 

1. Be extra cautious about locking doors and windows when you leave the house, even for a short period of time.
2. If you will be out of town for an extended time, have a neighbor, friend, or family member watch your house, pick up the newspapers, and mail. Another option is to have your mail delivery suspended during your absence from home.
3. Place automatic timers on your indoor light. Lights cycling on and off will give the perception that someone is home.
4. For short periods away from home, leave a TV or radio on inside the residence to make the house sound occupied.
5. Large holiday displays or gifts inside the residence should not be visible through the windows or doors.
6. When setting up a tree or other holiday decorations, make sure all passageways are clear inside your home.
7. If you put up a tree, ensure it is mounted on a sturdy base, make sure all wiring is not damaged, and keep it in water or wet sand to keep it green.
8. Never place gift wrapping paper in your fireplace.
9. Make sure you have adequate lighting both inside and outside your home as most home burglars do not like well lit areas.
10. Yes, here it comes…ALWAYS report suspicious activity or persons in your area. Remember, if you see something, say something! We are all in this together and we need you help in keeping Plano a safe community.

Don’t forget, we offer FREE Home Security Assessments to our citizens. Call 972-941-2431 today to schedule yours.