Have a Safe and Secure Holiday
The hustle and bustle of holiday travel, family visits, shopping trips, and community
events often distracts us from personal security. Unfortunately, every year we hear of people or families targeted or houses broken into. Here are some easy security tips you can use to stay safe:
• Don’t stack empty boxes out for the trash that may advertise the new or expensive additions to your home;
• Don’t leave purchases or returns visible in your car; cover them or put them in the trunk;
• Use a timer to turn on lights at home, making it look like someone is there;
• Park and walk in well-lit areas of parking lots or streets;
• Be wary of any strangers approaching you in parking lots for any reason.
In addition, personal and work cellphone security should be increased during the holidays:
• Don’t use public Wi-Fi. Hackers can intercept transaction information via public networks;
• Do not charge a device using a computer or charging station you do not control;
• Turn off Bluetooth if it is not in use.
Offices and facilities should also be secure during the holidays:
• Ensure proper lighting near doors and employee parking areas;
• Report suspicious activity and any trespassers;
• Keep exits locked or secured from prohibited entry; monitor all unlocked doors.