9 Holiday Safety Tips

220px-The_Grinch_(That_Stole_Christmas)Criminals and thieves take full advantage of the increased shopping during the holiday season. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to avoid being a target for these grinches.

Our friends at the Downtown Partnership have complied 9 tips to follow to be a little more safe while trying to spread a little holiday cheer. Read them below:

• Use credit cards whenever possible. Keep the amount of cash you carry to a minimum.

• Be careful how you handle your money. Never flash or count your money on the street or in public. If you know you will need money for public transportation, carry that amount in your pocket.

• Men should not carry their wallets in their back pockets. Place your wallet on your inside coat pocket or your front pants pocket. If you must carry your wallet in your back pocket, put several rubber-bands around the wallet to prevent it from coming out of the pocket easily.

• Store your packages in the trunk of your car, out of sight.

• Never leave packages or your handbag unattended for even a short amount of time.

• Nothing you own is as valuable as your life or good health. If someone tries to grab your handbag or packages, let them go.

• Don’t buy more than you can easily carry. If you struggle to carry all your packages, you are an easy mark for a thief.

• Be aware of people who bump into you in stores, on the street, or on the bus. They may be trying to pick your pocket.

• Be aware of who is around you when you use an ATM machine. Be careful not to reveal your pin number and don’t walk away from the machine counting your money.

Traffic Alert: Road Closures For 2013 Lighting of the Washington Monument


The Baltimore City Department of Transportation would like to advise motorists of the temporary road closures which will be implemented for the annual lighting of the Washington Monument. The event will be held on Thursday, December 05, 2013, rain or shine.

Festivities in the historic Mount Vernon district will start at 5:00 p.m. The official ceremony begins at 6:00 p.m. with the lighting at approximately 7:45 p.m.

In preparation for the event, the following streets will be closed to through traffic on Thursday, December 05, 2013 with detours and parking restrictions in effect:

  • 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. – West Mt. Vernon Place from Charles to Cathedral Streets
  • 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. – North Charles Street from Centre to Madison Streets
  • 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. – East Mt. Vernon Place from Charles to St. Paul Streets

Motorists traveling in this vicinity should be on the watch for pedestrians attending the event and are strongly encouraged to use alternate routes.