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Holiday Safety Tips
Posted On:
Monday, December 19, 2016


NYPD Patrol Borough Staten Island




With the holiday season upon us, most people are preoccupied with the details of holiday planning and shopping. Unfortunately, the safety precautions we normally take can be forgotten as the excitement of the season causes us to let our guard down. The NYPD wants this to be a SAFE holiday season for all, so we remind you to follow these safety tips. Enjoy the City and the season!

Avoid leaving valuables in your car. Whenever possible, place items out of sight in the trunk of your vehicle prior to reaching your destination. Never leave packages, wallets or pocketbooks in the passenger compartment unattended.

Cancel credit cards you don’t use and keep a record of the account numbers for each credit card you possess. This will facilitate reporting the theft or loss of the cards.

When in a restaurant, don’t leave your handbag over the back of your chair or on the floor. Don’t leave belongings unattended.

If you live in an apartment building, don’t buzz in someone who rings your bell until you have verified who they are. This will protect both you and your neighbors.

If you have elderly family members or neighbors, please remember to check in on them. Also instruct them on the various phone and internet scams targeting the elderly.

Remind children to be wary of strangers, including those on the internet.

Be wary of con artists. Con artists use a number of ploys to trick you and steal your property. Some divert your attention while another picks your pocket, some pose as utility workers or as a trades person to gain access to the inside of your home, while others conduct scams that are more elaborate involving several con artists.

Be wary of telephone and email solicitations asking for personal information about your accounts, passwords or social security number. Never give information unless you are absolutely sure and have verified who the caller is.

As a consumer you should avoid illegal vendors selling goods on the street. Purchase merchandise only from licensed vendors or reputable stores. Follow your instincts. Remember, "If it seems too good to be true, it probably is".


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