Lufkin Crime Stoppers Crime of the Week: Holiday safety tips

Lufkin Crime Stoppers Crime of the Week: Holiday safety tips

LUFKIN, TX (News Release) - Crime Stoppers of Lufkin wishes you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year and reminds you that a few simple precautions can help you have a safer and more enjoyable holiday.

Every time you leave your home, lock all doors and windows and activate your alarm system. Use light timers to operate indoor and outdoor lighting in a random pattern to create the appearance that someone is home. When you travel, do not advertise that your home will be vacant; tell only a trusted relative or friend that you will be away. Use extreme caution when posting about your trip on Facebook, Twitter, and other social networking sites; unless you are very selective about the people you "friend" and "follow", you may be telling relative strangers that your home free for the taking.

Never leave your belongings visible in your vehicle when parked; this includes mobile phones, GPS units, charging cables, purses, shopping bags, and wrapped gifts.

Keep purses and wallets on your person and hold them securely at all times. The child seat of a shopping cart is not a safe place for your purse and valuables, even when tethered to the cart by the safety belt. Limiting the amount of cash and the number of credit cards you keep with you will prevent you losing everything if your purse or wallet is lost or stolen.

Keeping an up-to-date home inventory is simple and will help in the event of a burglary or insurance claim; use a camera to record the make, model, serial number, and detailed description of all your belongings (store a copy of the inventory outside of the house).

Remain aware of your surroundings at all times and immediately report suspicious people to law enforcement. If you are the victim of a crime, regardless of how "minor" you think the incident is, immediately report the incident to law enforcement.