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Holiday Safety starts with you!
 
With the holiday season just around the corner, the NIH Police would like to remind you to make safety a priority. By taking a few extra precautions, you can help ensure your holiday is a happy and safe one.
 
Holiday Home Safety:
 
  • Always check your doors and windows to ensure that they are locked.
  • Never hide keys around the outside of your home. Consider giving an extra key to a trusted neighbor instead.
  • Keep the outside of your house well lit. Motion detector lights may also be an option.
  • If you celebrate Christmas or a holiday with potential gift giving, before leaving home, close curtains that might otherwise display presents in plain view such as under a Christmas tree.
  • Teach family members to answer the door verbally, not by opening the door. Sometimes a criminal is just checking to see if a residence is unoccupied.
  • If you travel, do your best to keep your mail or packages from piling up outside of your door. Schedule a delivery time for when someone is home or have a trusted neighbor sign for packages.
  • When returning from shopping, try not to display to everyone all of the items you're bringing home. When possible, park in the garage and close the garage door before unloading your items.
 
Holiday Driving Safety:
 
  • Wear your seatbelt and lock your vehicle. A locked vehicle while driving may hinder a would-be carjacker from entering your vehicle.
  • Remember to be patient, as there will be an increase in traffic on the roadways. Refrain from passing unnecessarily, maintain a safe speed, and always leave a safe following distance between you and the next car.
  • Drinking and Driving is NOT an option. Plan for a designated driver, take a cab or spend the night.
 
Holiday Shopping Safety:
 
  • Don't allow yourself any unnecessary distractions such as talking on cell phones. This will aid you in being better aware of your surroundings.
  • Do your best to park in a well-lit area of a parking lot and never park in a spot where there are very few or no other vehicles around.
  • Always be sure to lock your vehicle.
  • Don't leave packages in your vehicle in plain view. Place them in the trunk or cover them if possible.
  • Situate your packages and locate your keys before you exit the store and make your way to your vehicle.
  • Carry purses and bags close to the body, making it more difficult for someone to grab.
  • Whenever possible, shop during daylight hours. When shopping at night, go with a friend or a family member.
  • Pay for purchases with a credit card when possible and avoid carrying large amounts of cash.
  • Never leave children unattended in vehicles, toy stores, or restrooms. Make it a habit of pointing out security guards or police so your child knows where to go for help.
 

Any questions about holiday safety should be directed to policechief@nih.gov. On behalf of the NIH Police, have a safe and happy holiday season!

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