Holiday Safety Tips

The holiday season is a time when busy people can become careless and vulnerable to theft and other holiday crime. Sheriff Jay Russell would like for you to add these safety tips to your check list this year and stay safe this holiday season!


Your Home

• Lock all doors and windows
• Have a friend or neighbor watch your home if you will be gone for an extended period
• Leave a TV or radio on so it sounds like someone is home
• Displays of gifts shouldn’t be visible through windows and doors

Out and About

• Shop during daylight hours
• Don’t shop alone at night
• Stay alert to your surroundings
• Don’t carry a lot of cash
• Be aware of strangers approaching you for any reason


• Avoid driving alone or at night
• Keep doors locked while in or out of vehicle
• Park in well-lighted area
• Park close to your destination
• Never leave car unoccupied with the motor running or with children inside


• Teach children to go to a store clerk for help if separated from you
• Never allow children to go to the restroom without you
• Teach children full name, address, and phone number to give to police
• Teach children to inform you immediately if a stranger is bothering them