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Shopping during the holiday season can present unique danger. Taking a few prevention measures can help keep your holiday season joyous.  The holiday season is a time when busy people can become careless and vulnerable to theft and other holiday crime. The following tips from the Rockton Police Department can help you be more careful, prepared and aware during the holiday season.

Shopping Safety

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Shop during daylight hours whenever possible. If you must shop at night, go with a friend or family member.

 

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Dress casually and comfortably.

 

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Avoid wearing expensive jewelry.

 

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Do not carry a purse or wallet, if possible.

 

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Always carry your Illinois Driver License or Identification Card along with necessary cash, checks and/or a credit card you expect to use.

 

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Even though you are rushed and thinking about a thousand things, stay alert to your surroundings.

 

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Avoid carrying large amounts of cash.

 

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Pay for purchases with a check or credit card when possible.

 

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Keep cash in your front pocket.

 

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Notify the credit card issuer immediately if your credit card is lost, stolen or misused.

 

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Keep a record of all of your credit card numbers in a safe place at home.

 

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Be extra careful if you do carry a wallet or purse. They are the prime targets of criminals in crowded shopping areas, transportation terminals, bus stops, on buses and other rapid transit.

 

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Avoid overloading yourself with packages. It is important to have clear visibility and freedom of motion to avoid mishaps.

 

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Beware of strangers approaching you for any reason. At this time of year, "con-artists" may try various methods of distracting you with the intention of taking your money or belongings.

 

 

Holiday Home Safety

 

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Be extra cautious about locking doors and windows when you leave the house, even for a few minutes.

 

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When leaving home for an extended time, have a neighbor or family member watch your house and pick up your newspapers and mail.

 

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Indoor and outdoor lights should be on an automatic timer.

 

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Leave a radio or television on so the house looks and sounds occupied.

 

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Large displays of holiday gifts should not be visible through the windows and doors of your home.

 

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When setting up a Christmas tree or other holiday display, make sure doors and passageways are clear inside your home.

 

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Be sure your Christmas tree is mounted on a sturdy base so children, elderly persons or family pets cannot pull it over on themselves.

 

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If you use lights on your Christmas tree ensure the wiring is not damaged or frayed. Frayed or damaged wiring can cause a fire.

 

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Place your Christmas tree in water or wet sand to keep it green.

 

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Never place wrapping paper in your fireplace.

 

 

 

 
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