Worcester Police Offer Holiday Safety Tips for Shoppers
Monday, December 19, 2016
- Do not leave your purse unattended in your shopping cart. Hold on to it at all times. If at all possible, do not carry a purse; keep your money and credit cards in your front pocket.
- Avoid carrying large amounts of cash, if you must carry your purse; wear it strapped across your body. Do not carry your wallet in a loose jacket or loose pocket. Be sure not to carry all of your credit cards with you.
- Leave unneeded documents at home.
- If you need to store purchases in your vehicle, if possible lock them in your trunk. However, if they must be left in the inside area of your vehicle, keep them out of plain view with a cover.
- Make sure the vehicle is locked and the alarm is set (if applicable).
- Avoid shopping alone if possible, shop with friends or family.
- Remain alert in parking lots, be aware of your surroundings, and take notice of suspicious persons and/or vehicles.
- Always park your car in a well lit area when possible.
- When reaching your vehicle, do not leave your pocketbook in the shopping cart. Lock your pocketbook inside your vehicle then load groceries or packages into the trunk.
- Have your vehicle keys in your hand as you approach your car.
- If you are alone and feel uncomfortable, ask store or mall security to escort you to your vehicle.
- Visually check the back seat of your vehicle before opening the door and getting in, and immediately lock your doors once you enter your vehicle.
- Report all suspicious persons and vehicles to mall security or local police immediately.
Package Delivery Tips:
- Consider an alternate destination. When you order something online, consider sending the package to your workplace or to a family member of friend.
- Request a signature. Many deliveries do not require a signature, if something of high value is to be delivered, request a signature before it is released.
- Request a vacation hold. If you are going away for the holidays you can request a hold on the delivery for up to two weeks.
- Ask for the delivery person to ring or knock. You can also request a specific area you wish the item to be delivered so that it is not out in plain view.
- Schedule your delivery. You can request a specific time and day that best suit your schedule.
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A Festivus for the Rest of Us
You must watch the Festivus episode of Seinfeld, it is one of the most famous episodes of the entire series.
Laughter is the best medicine, after all.
When you finish the episode, be sure to celebrate Festivus on December 23.
PHOTO: Matt Keef/Flickr
Watch Holiday Classics on TV
Tis the time of year when some of the best movies are back on television, holiday movies.
Be sure to check our local listings for movies such as Miracle on 34th Street, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Rudolph and other timeless classics.
Then grab a big bowl of popcorn or any other favorite snack and enjoy.
Find New Cookie Recipes
Cookies are big part of the holidays, whether you are leaving them for Santa or eating them yourself.
While it's perfectly fine to use your favorite cookie recipes, be sure to try some new recipes as well.
Need some ideas? Check out the links below
PHOTO: Troy Tolley/Flickr
Host a Gift Wrapping Competition With Friends
One of the most painful parts of the holidays is wrapping gifts, especially if there are a lot of them.
Invite some friends over and have a gift wrapping competition. Be sure to make some cookies and beverages while you are at it.
Give Money to Salvation Army
Throw some money in the Salvation Army kettle. Every time a bell rings, an angel gets its wings. The person who stands outside ringing the bell is often there for long hours.
Even if it's just some change, smile at them and wish them a happy holiday.
PHOTO: j_lai/ Flickr
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