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Posted on: November 27, 2019

Holiday Safety Tips

Stella January and Joshua Harris

Lenoir Police Detective Stella January shared some holiday safety tips with Communications Director Joshua Harris.

Click here to watch the Holiday Safety Tips video on YouTube.

If you see something, say something. Call the City of Lenoir Police Department at 757-2100 to report suspicious behavior. Call 911 if you have an emergency or see someone committing a crime.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving and a Merry Christmas!

Shopping Safety Tips

  • Stay alert and be aware of what's going on around you and shop with a friend or family member.
  • Don't leave your purse or wallet unattended in a shopping cart.
  • Park in a well-lit area, lock the car, close the windows.
  • Keep shopping bags out of sight. Put your items in the trunk or cover with a blanket.
  • Avoid carrying large amounts of cash; pay with a debit or credit card.
  • Don't overburden yourself with packages. 
  • Carry purses close to your body and do not leave them unattended. Put wallets inside coat or front pants pocket.
  • Teach children to go to a store clerk or security guard if they get separated from caregiver.

Package Delivery Tips

  • Sign up for delivery alerts so you know when your delivery is scheduled and when the package has been delivered.
  • If you're not able to be home when a package will be delivered, ask a trusted neighbor to hold it for you.
  • If possible, require a signature for all deliveries.
  • Consider shipping packages to your place of work or use the ship to store option.
  • Be a good neighbor! If you see a package on your neighbor's doorstep, reach out and ask if they would like you to hold it until they get home.

Home Safety Tips

  • Lock doors and windows when you leave, even if it's just for a few minutes.
  • Don't display gifts where they can be seen from outside.
  • Take a holiday inventory by making photos or videos of valuable items in the home; list descriptions and serial numbers. If burglarized, having a detailed inventory can help identify stolen items and make insurance claims easier to file.
  • Lock your car even when it's in the garage.

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