By Deputy Michael Vasquez
Public Information Officer
Riverside County Sheriff’s
The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department would like to remind the public about some safety tips with all the entertainment and activities associated with the holiday season. It’s easy to overlook some personal safety practices when enjoying the holidays throughout the county. Below are some helpful tips to keep in mind during the holiday season:
Do not leave packages or valuables visible within your car. Always lock your doors and windows and don’t forget to set your alarm or use an anti-theft device.
Always be aware of your surroundings. If shopping at night, go with a friend or family member.
Shopping with little ones
Teach children to stay close to you at all times while shopping and never allow children to make unaccompanied trips to the restroom.
With the online shopping trend, more people are having packages stolen right off their front porches. If you are expecting a package, request signature confirmation or have a trusted neighbor hold the package for you.
Gift package disposal
Dispose of big gift boxes discreetly. Packaging for items such as TVs, computers, etc., should be broken down before disposing. Do not let everyone see the wonderful gifts your family received during the holidays.
Answering the door
Criminals can often try to scope out your home posing as a salesperson or someone looking for charitable donations. Be cautious when talking to people with whom you are unfamiliar and do not let them into your home.
Leave on the lights
Leave outside lights on at night or set them on a timer. During the day, leave the radio or television on so the house looks and sounds occupied.
If you are going away for the holidays, have a neighbor or family member watch your house and pick up your newspapers and mail.
The Riverside Sheriff’s Department is committed to public safety and wishes everyone joy and happiness during this holiday season. Citizens are encouraged to telephone the local law enforcement stations to report any suspicious activities, vehicles or persons.