Holiday Safety Tips

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23 Dec Holiday Safety Tips

It is annoying that during the joy and laughter of the holidays, one has to increase their vigilance about protecting themselves from people in desperate situations or mindsets. Unfortunately, during the busyness of the season, it is easy to be careless and make yourself a vulnerable target. You can never be too careful, mindful and protected. Coolidge Law, located in Gilbert Arizona, wishes you a Merry Christmas and wants to ensure that you stay as safe as possible. We are here to provide all your criminal defense needs.

Vehicle Safety

When you are out driving this holiday season, there are some steps you can take to avoid dangerous situations. Some of the LA Police Department’s great safety tips include:

  • Ask mall or store security for an escort before leaving your shopping location.
  • Avoid driving alone or at night.
  • Avoid parking next to vans, trucks with camper shells, or cars with tinted windows.
  • Be sure to locate your keys prior to going to your car.
  • Do not approach your car alone if there are suspicious people in the area.
  • Do not leave packages or valuables on the seat of your car. This creates a temptation for thieves. If you must leave something in the car, lock it in the trunk or put it out of sight.
  • Keep all car doors locked and windows closed while in or out of your car.
  • Keep a secure hold on your purse, handbag and parcels. Do not put them down or on top of the car in order to open the door.
  • Never drink and drive.

Being safe is being aware of your surroundings as well as where you are.

Safety When Shopping

With shoplifting, theft and robbery increasing this time of year. Be aware of the following safety tips:

  • Avoid carrying large amounts of cash and keep the cash you have in your front pocket.
  • Avoid overloading yourself with packages. It is important to have clear visibility and freedom of motion to avoid mishaps.
  • Beware of strangers approaching you for any reason. At this time of year, “con-artists” may try various methods of distracting you with the intention of taking your money or belongings.
  • Dress casually and comfortably, while avoiding wearing expensive jewelry.
  • Do not carry a purse or wallet, if possible.
  • Notify the credit card issuer immediately if your credit card is lost, stolen or misused.
  • Pay for purchases with a check or credit card when possible, instead of cash.
  • Stay alert to your surroundings.
  • Shop during daylight hours whenever possible. If you must shop at night, go with a friend or family member.

There are many more ways to protect yourself this holiday to ensure you have the best one yet. Coolidge Law hopes you have a great Christmas, and is here to help if you find yourself in trouble.

 

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