OSWEGO, NY – With the current economic troubles that we are all facing, and with the holidays quickly approaching, criminals may be more prevalent than ever.
Oswego City Police Chief Michael J. Dehm Jr. wishes to offer these holiday safety tips that can help you be more careful, prepared, and aware during the holiday season.
Out and About:
Be aware of your surroundings.
If you can, try to avoid walking alone or at night.
Do not approach your car alone if there are suspicious people in the area.
Keep your car doors locked and the windows closed whether you are in or out of your car.
Set your alarm or use an anti-theft device.
While shopping at night, try to park in a well-lit area, avoid parking next to cars, trucks or vans where you canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t see inside and park as close as you can to your destination while taking notice of where you parked.
Never leave your vehicle unoccupied with the motor running or with children inside, and do not leave packages or valuables visible inside of your car.
If you must leave something in the car, lock it in the trunk or put it out of sight.
DonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t spend time in a dimly-lit parking lot looking for your keys. Be sure to locate your keys prior to going to your car and keep track of your purse, handbag and parcels.
Try not to put them down or on top of the car in order to open the door and when approaching and leaving your vehicle.
Be aware that criminals sometimes pose as couriers delivering gifts.
It is not uncommon for criminals to take advantage of the generosity of people during the holiday season by soliciting donations door-to-door for charitable causes although no charity is involved.
Ask for their identification, and find out how the donated funds will be used.
If you are not satisfied, do not donate.
Donate to a recognized charitable organization.
Be a good neighbor, if you see something suspicious, report it.
Celebrating the holidays may sometimes lead to excessive alcohol consumption.
To help avoid any unexpected visits from the police, please drink responsibly, and if you are going to drink, please donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t drive!
From everyone at the Oswego City Police Department, have a happy and safe holiday season.