Monday, December 23, 2013

Holiday Safety Tips from the Grove Team

Holiday Safety Tips from the Grove Team

The Grove Team would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your family a wondrous holiday season.  We are grateful to you, your business, your support and look forward to what 2014 has in store for all of us. 

The final bow is in place and we are all read settle in to spend this wonderful time of year with our family and friends.  It is hard to think that not everyone wants to play the part of the Christmas Elf, but be the Grinch.  The opportunist criminal can strike without notice, if the circumstances are optimal. 

To avoid a blue Christmas and an innocent victim we would like to pass along to you a few safety tips to assist in keeping you aware while enjoying the Christmas season.  Here is a quick list of safety tips for the last minute shopping, travel and holiday season. 

Holiday Shopping Tips:
• Try to finish shopping during the daylight hours if you can. When going out at night, go with a friend or family member.
• Never forget to lock your vehicle when you're out shopping, keep your windows rolled up, do not leave the keys in the ignition, and remember to hide other shopping bags and leave valuables out of view.
• Try not to overload yourself with too many packages.  Hold your bags and packages close to you. 
• Don't wait until you reach your vehicle to look for your keys. Have them ready in your hand.
• Go with a plan...make sure you know what you're purchasing in advance and carry only the amount of cash or credit cards you need.

Home Safety Tips While Away For The Holidays:
• Make sure to keep an inventory of serial numbers on items such as televisions, stereos, computers, etc. Should your items get stolen from your home, they may be identified later if found.
• Never leave your holiday lighting unattended, when leaving the house turn off the Christmas tree - indoor and outdoor lights should be on an automatic timer.
• Double check that all stoves and ovens are off prior to leaving your home.
• Lock all doors and windows prior to leaving your residence.  If you have an alarm, activate it through this season. 
• Leaving town?  Talk to a trusted neighbor, friend or family member to watch your home in your absence.

At Home:
• Try not to display holiday gifts near a window or door in your home, burglars may see this as an opportunity to break in.
• Expecting a package to be delivered?  Criminals sometimes pose as couriers delivering gifts.
• Tis the season to donate, plan your donations before hand.  Criminals have been known to go door to door soliciting donations for charities.
• Always turn off Christmas lights when leaving the house or when going to bed.
• Always keep doors locked at all times.

Finally, after the frenzy of opening presents has come and gone, break down boxes of the new toys and gifts and bag them in dark or black trash bags.  Criminals have been known to drive around after Christmas to see what is left in the trash piles. 

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