While the holidays bring out the best in many people it brings out the worst in others. There are lots of grinches out there who wait until the Whos of the world are asleep or out visiting to strike. They target the cheerful Christmas tree, most especially what lies gaily wrapped beneath it or cut your purse strings, literally, as you shop, and run off with your wallet and ID.
Here are a few holiday tips to make you less vulnerable to the grinches of the world:
Make sure you lock your doors and windows.
Leave a light on during evening hours.
Leave exterior lights-front back and side on (thieves do not like a well lit house).
Do not leave a key out, thieves look for them, find them, then help themselves to your home.
If you have a dog, leave it in your house, especially ones that bark (like mine) at the slightest hint of someone outside, thieves do not like barking dogs.
Let neighbors know if you are going to be away for an extended period of time.
Cancel newspaper and mail delivery during your absence.
When shopping, store packages safely in your trunk not in your back seat where they are visible.
When paying for purchases do not display all of your cash.
Always be aware of your surroundings.
Remember where you park.
Park as close to the mall or shopping center as possible.
Try to do your shopping in daylight hours.
Never give personal info over the phone to solicitors. Ask them for a phone number to call them back at your convenience.
If you don’t have a peep hole, don’t open your door for strangers. Ask who is there, and what they want. Don’t be bashful, it could save your life.
Keep you cell phone charged, and let someone know where you are going.
Have an emergency kit in your car.
Last and certainly not least, go with your gut, your intuition, if someone or some situation doesn’t sit right with you, contact a cop, call a friend, or wait it out in a store.
I’m sure I’ve missed a few good tips, anyone else?