Ten tips to protect yourself during the holidays
- Keep any gifts you buy hidden in your home, making sure they cannot be seen by anyone who may be looking in from the outside
- If you run a business and need help for the holidays, be sure to run background checks on any potential employees
- Keep a close eye on your organizations inventory and finances
- When out and about in crowded places (eg – shopping malls) keep your valuables close and in a safe place
- Plan transport home from holiday events – pre-booking licensed taxis when appropriate – and never drink and drive
- Businesses closing for the Christmas holiday should ensure that their list of keyholders is up to date so that police can contact them easily if their alarm is activated
- Any businesses with physical locations should also ensure their security systems are in order and that regular visits are made to the premises over the holiday period
- Don’t leave empty boxes outside for the refuse collectors. The boxes will let people know you have a new television, computer etc
- If you are going away for the holidays, don’t make it obvious that there is no one at home. For example, get a neighbor to collect your mail so that it doesn’t build up
- Look out for your friends and family. If you need a friend to watch your house or business for a couple of days, help them out and do the same. After all – generosity exemplifies the spirit of Christmas!
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