Crimes during the holiday season increase by 30 percent
December 13, 2013
HELP PROTECT your security & safety this season with tips to stay ahead of crime.
Family & Home Tips
Wait to make your holiday vacation Facebook or Twitter post until after you’re back home. Your friends may be trustworthy, but social media accounts are often hacked.
Use a reputable taxi company when catching a cab to the airport.
When you are away from home, set your landline phone to its lowest setting, so that an unanswered phone doesn’t advertise your absence.
Pickpockets and thieves love this time of year. Be alert to your surroundings and your wallet, smart phone and laptop. Keep your wallet in a front pocket and your handbags zipped up.
After the gifts have been opened, take packaging to a recycling spot or keep boxes inside your house until right before refuse pickup and conceal any labeling. Putting packaging out early advertises the contents of your home.
Once all those electronic gadgets are unwrapped, write down the serial numbers in one place, so it is easy to provide vital information to the police.
Be cautious about where you download holiday ringtones – choose from reputable companies to help prevent downloading a virus along with a ringtone.
Keep the reception area attended and escort all visitors. Valuables are vulnerable and should be in locked drawers, especially small, easy to conceal items such as phones, tablets, and laptops.
Verify that outside maintenance personnel were actually hired to complete a job, even if you have seen that individual previously.
Always exit work with a group or a co-worker. If you work late, contact building security for an escort.
If you see any strangers loitering, report it immediately, even if you’ve seen them before.
Some people may become depressed during the holidays; be aware of potential violent situations. Assist by being a patient listener, reporting to a supervisor, or guiding person to seek counseling.
UNITY SECURITY & SAFETY sends wishes for Happy Holidays and a safe & secure New Year!