The Chesapeake Police Department shared these tips recently to encourage safety for your home and loved ones over the holidays.
-Let a trustworthy neighbor know if you’re planning to go out of town for the holidays so that they can keep an eye on your home. Don’t hide a key outside of your home!
– Consider stopping your mail and newspaper delivery or having a trusted neighbor collect it while you are gone. If it piles up, it’s a sure sign you’re not home.
-Park in well-lit and high activity areas close to store entrances during your last minute holiday shopping. Keep all windows closed and doors locked. Do not leave valuables visible in your vehicle! If you need to return to your car while shopping, place your bags in the trunk and move your car to another safe location.
-Consider adding Emergency Contacts to Nextdoor to provide your neighbors with another way to help out in case a safety concern arises. Go to your profile and select Add Emergency Contacts.
-Arm your security system to protect your home. While it may seem obvious, our minds are distracted when you’re rushing out the door. Don’t forget this simple step to ensure your home stays protected.
-Getting new items this holiday season? You’re not the only one who may like them! Be sure to break down and bag boxes from newly purchased items before you place them at the curb. This ensures that you are not “advertising” to others about your new flashy items in your home thus reducing your chance of burglary.