With the holidays approaching in a few short days, we know everyone’s top priority is the safety of their family, friends and loved ones. Midtown Baltimore’s Deployment Coordinator, BPD Lieutenant Rob Morris, has come up with a list of safety tips that you can use now and in the future to feel more safe and empowered this holiday season:
- Put your phone away – don’t be distracted while walking and don’t give a thief the opportunity to snatch your phone.
- Travel in groups if possible – especially at night
- Always be aware of your surroundings and those around you – stay alert!
- Secure your home – lock the doors and close your curtains if going out for the evening–but leave your lights on!
- Always tell somebody where you’re going and when you plan on being back – especially at night
- Park in well-lit areas, and be sure to lock the car doors and windows. If you have valuables in the car, hide them in the trunk.
- Avoid carrying large amounts of cash.
- Carry your purse close to your body and put your wallet in an inside pocket or front pants pocket.
- Have your keys ready to enter your vehicle when you approach it. Use your “panic button” on your key fob if you become nervous or think you are being followed.
- Lock your doors immediately upon entering your vehicle
Additional holiday specific tips:
- Do not open the door if you are not expecting anyone. Use your peephole to confirm visitors (especially helpful during this time of year when strangers could claim to be UPS or FEDEx to gain entry to your home)
- Avoid leaving packages out on your stairs. Ask a neighbor to accept packages. Require signatures on all deliveries when possible. Have packages delivered to drop-off locations.
For more holiday specific tips, click here to read the Baltimore Police Department’s holiday handout.
Pass on these tips to help your family and friends stay alert and safe!