Holiday Safety Tips from Placerville's Chief of Police
Holiday Safety Tips In the upcoming weeks, many of you will be out and about shopping, preparing, and enjoying the holidays.
It’s often this time of year that we can get distracted by holiday bliss and inadvertently overlook crime prevention and safety.
The Placerville Police Department will be out and about with an increased presence in our commercial areas, working to intercept crooks before they ruin someone’s holiday season.
Here are some safety tips from the Placerville Police Department staff designed to remind you of ways to maximize your safety and reduce your chances of becoming a victim of crime this holiday season.
- Even though you may feel rushed and thinking about a lot, stay alert to your surroundings.
- Avoid displaying large amounts of cash.
- Be extra mindful of the location of your wallet and/or purse. Avoid leaving purses on shopping carts or the backs of chairs in restaurants.
- After you have completed a purchase, make sure you place your wallet and all of your credit cards back in your purse or pocket.
- When using an ATM or Point of Sale keypad, shield your code from anyone who is standing near you in an attempt to view your transaction or obtain your PIN. Do not throw your ATM receipt away at the ATM location.
- Ensure you lock doors and windows when you leave the house, even for a few minutes.
- When leaving home for an extended time, have the Placerville Police Department conduct vacation house checks. Contact the police department at (530)642-5210 for more information.
- Large displays of holiday gifts should not be visible through the windows and doors of your home.
- Always keep your porch light on from dusk to dawn, or better yet use timers and/or motion detectors.
- Don’t advertise that you are out of town on your social media account.
- Always lock your car, even if it’s only a few minutes and never leave your vehicle unoccupied with the engine running
- Don’t leave valuables (purses, spare change, purchases) in plain view; conceal them in your vehicle preferably in the trunk
- Always report a theft to the police. Call the Placerville Police Department’s non-emergency number at (530)642-5280. For thefts in progress or suspicious activity actively occurring call 911.
- Most of all have fun and enjoy the holidays with family and friends and if you drink, please don’t drive; designate a sober driver ahead of your events.
Scott Heller, Chief of Police