Harlingen PD Holiday Season safety tips

Harlingen PD Holiday Season safety tips
Monday, November 25, 2013 - 8:58am

The Harlingen Police Department wants everyone to have a safe upcoming Holiday Season. As a reminder here are some safety tips for the winter and Holiday Season to keep in mind:

At Home:

  • Be sure to lock your doors and windows when you leave your home.
  • Do not display holiday gifts where they can be seen from a window or doorway.
  • Leave some lights on
  • Leave a radio on
  • Leave drapes/curtains in a normal position
  • Mark your valuables with your driver’s license number
  • Pickup mail and newspapers
  • Never give information about your home over the telephone
  • Always call police to report any suspicious activity

While Shopping:

  • Always keep your children close to you
  • Do not shop alone
  • Never take more money than you need to make your purchases
  • Do not flash your money when paying for items
  • Pay with a check card or credit card
  • Be aware of your surroundings
  • Do not leave any purchases or purses unattended
  • Do not overburden yourself with packages
  • Carry your purse close to your body

Your car:

  • Lock your vehicle
  • Use any antitheft devices
  • Do not leave any packages or valuables inside the vehicle
  • Approach your vehicle with your keys out and ready
  • Park in well lighted areas
  • Keep your vehicle in proper working order
  • If something seems wrong, get help from security or call the police

Outside Activities:

  • Dress appropriate to weather conditions and type of activity
  • If Walking, Running, or Riding a Bike
  • Wear reflective of light colored clothing
  • Be aware of your surroundings
  • Obey all traffic laws
  • Don’t let yourself become distracted
  • Hiking – notify individuals of intended route
  • Estimated length of trip
  • Expected return time
  • Be prepared for inclement weather
  • Driving – obey all traffic laws
  • Be aware of individuals walking, running, and biking during the cooler weather
  • Don’t drink and drive
  • Be aware of your surroundings.

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