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Tips for a safe holiday season

The Montgomery Police Department is out in full force to keep shoppers safe this holiday season. Follow these safety tips to ensure the Grinch doesn't steal your Christmas!

  • 1. USE DEBIT OR CREDIT CARDS IF POSSIBLE OR CARRY ENOUGH MONEY TO PAY FOR YOUR ERRANDS. IF CARRYING LARGE AMOUNTS OF MONEY, SEPARATE YOUR MONEY INTO AMOUNTS NEEDED AND PLACE THEM IN DIFFERENT POCKETS.
  • 2. BE EXTREMELY CAREFUL USING ATM MACHINES. USE THEM IN POPULATED PLACES AND CONSTANTLY PAY ATTENTION TO WHAT IS GOING ON AROUND YOU.
  • 3. IF YOU HAVE TO CARRY YOUR PURSE, CARRY IT CLOSE TO YOUR BODY AND ALWAYS ZIPPED.
  • 4. PARK AS CLOSE TO THE MALL OR SHOPPING CENTER AS POSSIBLE.
  • 5. PARK IN A WELL-LIT LOCATION.
  • 6. HAVE YOUR KEYS READY TO OPEN YOUR VEHICLE BEFORE YOU EXIT THE MALL OR SHOPPING CENTER.
  • 7. REMEMBER EXACTLY WHERE YOU PARKED YOUR VEHICLE.
  • 8. AVOID SHOPPING UNTIL YOU ARE EXHAUSTED. YOU ARE MORE ALERT WHEN YOU ARE LESS TIRED.
  • 9. WHEN HURRIED OR IN A CROWDED SHOP, MAKE SURE YOU GET ALL FORMS OF I.D. AND CREDIT CARDS RETURNED TO YOU BEFORE LEAVING.
  • 10. USE AN ESCORT OR MALL SECURITY IF YOU HAVE TOO MANY PACKAGES OR IF YOU ARE LEAVING THE MALL AFTER CLOSING.
  • 11. KEEP GIFTS OR PACKAGES OUT OF PLAIN VIEW INSIDE YOUR VEHICLE.
  • 12. KEEP GIFTS HIDDEN FROM VIEW THROUGH OUTSIDE WINDOWS OF YOUR RESIDENCE.
  • 13. AFTER OPENING GIFTS, BREAK DOWN THE BOXES OF EXPENSIVE ELECTRONICS AND FANCY STORES AND PUT THEM IN PLASTIC BAGS TO HIDE THE FACT YOU HAVE VALUABLE ITEMS IN YOUR HOME.
  • 14. CARRY A CELLULAR PHONE AND HAVE EMERGENCY PHONE NUMBERS AVAILABLE.

The Montgomery Police Department is asking citizens to please exercise the attached safety precautions.  Our holiday security plan is very comprehensive and with your help it will provide safe shopping and holiday season for citizens throughout the City. 

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