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Posted on: December 4, 2019

[ARCHIVED] Holiday Safety and Crime Prevention Tips

The holidays are fun for everyone. The Morgantown Police Department is reminding citizens of the following safety tips to ensure that everyone has a safe and enjoyable holiday season.

For your general safety:

  • Shop during daylight hours. This provides you with the greatest visibility while driving and allows you to observe your surroundings in the best conditions possible;
  • Shop with a partner when possible;
  • Wear shoes with slip resistant soles to prevent falls;
  • Always carry identification such as a driver’s license or other photo ID when you’re away from your residence;
  • Do not carry large purses or large amounts of cash while shopping;
  • Always let someone know where you are going and what time you plan to return home;
  • If you lose your credit or debit card, notify your bank immediately;
  • Never leave your keys in your car;
  • Park in well lit areas;
  • Have your keys in hand before exiting a store. Do NOT attempt to locate your keys while standing alone in a parking lot;
  • Always lock your car doors as soon as you get into your car;
  • Be aware of being approached by strangers offering you a deal that sounds too good to be true. Con artists use a variety of methods of distraction in an effort to steal money and         valuables; and
  • If you are shopping with your children, teach them to go to a store clerk or store security if they become separated or lost.

For crime prevention:

  • Lock your car;
  • Do not leave valuables in your car;
  • Record make, model and serial numbers of all of your valuables (electronics, firearms, etc.) and photograph your jewelry;
    • Keep a copy of these photos and serial numbers somewhere other than your computer or at your residence, such as;
      • With a trusted friend or family member;
      • At your work;
      • Or a safety deposit box.
      • It is easier to return stolen property when there is good identification;
  • When you are leaving your home for an extended period of time, there are a number of things you can do to reduce your chances of becoming a victim, including;
    • Have a trusted friend or family member check on your home regularly;
    • Have your mail delivery paused at the post office or picked up by a friend not allowing it to accumulate;
    • Double check that all windows and doors are locked before you leave;
    • Have your lights on a timer so that they come on and off like you are home;
    • Have motion sensor lights on the exterior of your residence;
    • And contact your local Law Enforcement Agency to see if they have a home check program. The Morgantown Police Department offers free home vacation checks. To sign up call 304-284-7522 ext. 0 or you can go to the Morgantown Police Department’s Vacation Check online form to sign up.

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