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Holiday Safety Tips

Some Holiday Tips from the Annapolis Police Department


The women and men of the Annapolis Police Department wish you and your family a happy holiday season. We want to remind you that while you are shopping, celebrating and spending time with family and friends, there are individuals who are waiting for you to drop your guard. Here are a few holiday tips that may prevent you from becoming a victim and may help preserve your holiday spirit.

  • Always be aware of your surroundings. Look around you for people who are acting suspicious. Is someone watching or following you?
  • Always park in well lit areas and remember where you parked.
  •  Lock your vehicle at all times. Even when driving.
  •  Look around and inside your car before getting in.
  •  Have your car keys in your hand and be ready to open the car door.
  •  Place all bags and packages in the trunk or an area that it is out of sight. Many people carry bags to their car and then continue to shop. Did someone watch you load the car and then leave? 
  • Avoid carrying and/or flashing large amounts of cash.
  • Check your bank account and credit card balances regularly to make sure your cards have not been compromised.
  • Avoid placing your purse, or other important belongings, in a shopping cart. 
  • When away from home make sure all doors and windows are locked and lights inside and outside of your home are turned on. Leave a television or radio on to give someone the impression you are home.
  •  If you are away from home for a longer period of time use automatic light timers for inside and outside of the house, stop your mail and newspapers, and ask a trusted neighbor to watch your home.

Remember it is always best to walk with others or in a well lit area. If you see suspicious activity walk to a populated area and call the police. If, unfortunately, you become the victim of a crime report the incident to the police immediately.