PO Box 2900
Flemington, NJ 08822-2900
(Phone) 908-806-5174 * (FAX) 908-806-205
for a Secure and Safe Holiday Season
At this time of year, during the holiday season, crime
takes an upward swing. With all the commotion this season brings we sometimes
forget that at any time we can become victims. It usually happens when we least
expect it. The following are some tips that may help keep your holiday season
safe and secure. Remember them, they can be useful all year round!
Please share these tips with loved ones, co-workers, and
others as they go about their busy days.
Following are some tips to help make the holidays safe and
secure for you and your family. Crime escalates each year from November and
through the new year. You are at risk whether shopping at a mall, stopping at
an ATM, walking through a parking lot, or driving a vehicle. Remember that attackers
seek opportunity, anonymity and isolation. So, "keep your antennas up"
and always be aware of what is going on around you.
PERSONAL & PROPERTY SECURITY
- Keep gifts and valuables out of sight in your car.
- At night park in a lighted area with steady traffic.
- If alone, try to walk near other people.
- Make sure your children know to go to a store
employee or security officer if lost.
- When approaching your vehicle, have car keys in hand.
- Look under your vehicle and in the back seat before entering.
- Lock doors immediately after entering; don't park next to vans, especially with side, double doors.
- Shop with a friend, especially at night.
In the mall: All types of criminals
work the malls - car thieves, pick-pockets, muggers - so protect yourself &
- Carry only receipts and small change in your
- Put cash and credit cards in your wallet and
secure in an inside pocket of your coat.
- Don't display cash or jewelry.
- If you take a break in a restaurant or restroom,
don't place your purse on the floor - keep the strap wrapped around your arm
(also watch your shopping bags).
- Never let your child use a public restroom
- Try to make your most expensive purchases last;
this will reduce your exposure to costly losses.
Credit card precautions:
- Make sure your card is used only for one transaction,
watch transactions carefully.
- Take your charge carbons with you and tear
- Bever give out information about your credit
card to any phone solicitor.
- Immediately report the theft or loss of credit
When driving around town:
- Keep your vehicle doors locked at all times,
car-jackers often target vehicles at stop signs/ traffic lights and gain access
through unlocked doors.
- Drive in the center lane to make it harder
for would-be car-jackers to approach.
- At intersections, leave room between vehicles
for an escape.
- Don't stop to help someone with car trouble,
drive to a phone, or use your cell phone to summon police.
- Don't stop for flashing headlights, police
use red or blue lights.
- If your car breaks down, stay inside until
police or a road service arrives.
- If a car blocks your way, blast the horn, but
stay in your car.
- If someone motions that your car has a problem
or your vehicle is "bumped," don't stop, stay in your car, ensure
doors are locked, and drive someplace where people are around to exchange
information, like a service station or a convenience store. State law requires
you to exchange information with the other driver, but it doesn't say where
- If you own a cell phone assure it is fully
charged at all times and readily available for use. Program important numbers
for speed dialing - i.e. police, relatives, etc.
- Park in well lit areas where the car is clearly
in view, and with the > front end facing the street (or traffic area) so
anyone tampering with it can be seen.
- Turn wheels toward the curb, making it more
difficult for your car to be towed.
At ATM machines:
- If possible, use an ATM inside a busy establishment,
especially at night.
- Before using an outside ATM, make sure no one
is lurking around the area..."keep your antennas up."
- Avoid using ATMs late at night, most ATM crimes
occur after normal banking hours.
- Use only well lit, secure ATM locations.
- Have someone accompany you, especially at night.
- Make sure you block the view of others nearby
when you enter your personal identification number (PIN).
- After the transaction be sure to remove your
card from the ATM, take receipts with you, and quickly place your card and
money in your pocket.
Traveling out of town:
- Leave a house key with a neighbor.
- Make your home look occupied; stop newspaper
and mail delivery, use auto timers to turn lights and radio or TV on/off,
use a non-specific message on your phone recorder, and turn your telephone
ringer down to lowest level.
- Plan your route in advance and choose well
- Tell someone where you are going, the route
you are taking, and your expected times of departure and arrival.
- Become aware of the latest weather reports
for your local area, the route you will be traveling, and your destination.
In a hotel/motel:
- Use all locking devices on your door.
- Don't answer a knock on the door (or open the
door) without verifying who is there.- Ensure all sliding glass doors, windows,
and any connecting room doors are locked.
- Don't display room keys in public or leave
them where someone can steal them.
- When returning to your room late at night,
us the hotel main entrance.
- Report all suspicious activity to management.
- Don't draw attention to yourself by displaying
large amounts of cash or expensive jewelry.
- Place all valuables in a hotel/motel safe deposit
Identify Theft is fast becoming
the preferred method of theft of goods, services, and cash. The following are
some easy tips to help in preventing your identity from being taken and used
for devious purposes.
Treat Your Personal Information Like Money
- It's Worth It
- Manage your personal information wisely. Protect
information such as your home address, home telephone number, Social Security
number, bank and credit card account numbers, and PIN numbers as if they are
worth money-because they are.
- Don't Carry Your Social Security Card In Your
Wallet. t's an open invitation to an identity thief. Check your health plan
and other cards. They may have your Social Security number on them.
- Carry only the identifying information that
Tear Up Or Shred Papers
- Tear up or shred papers with personal information
before you throw them away.
- Tear up credit card offers and "convenience
checks" that you don't use.
- Don't Give Out Personal Information On The
- Don't give out your personal information on
the phone, unless you made the call or know the caller. The same goes for
- Any personal information you put on the Internet
may be especially vulnerable.
Ask How Your Information Will Be Used.
- Before you give any personal information to
a business, ask how it will be used.
- A sk if the business will share your information
- Ask if you can have your personal information
Check Your Bills
- Check your credit card bills carefully each
month. Look for unauthorized charges and report any to your card issuer immediately.
- Call if bills don't arrive on time. It may
mean that someone has changed the address or other information in your account
so that you will not learn about fraudulent charges
Check Your Credit Reports
- Get copies of your credit reports from the
three major credit bureaus at least once a year. Check for changed addresses
or fraudulent account information.
- Emergency Information: Carry
emergency phone numbers to include your doctor, any unique medical history,
and insurance information.
- If lost: If you get lost,
don't be obvious.
- IIf followed: If you think
you're being followed, do an about-face or duck into a store.
- If stopped: If someone stops
you, act as if someone is about to join you.
- Whistles for children: Give
whistles to your children to be used if the family gets separated.
- Driving: Don't drink and drive;
buckle up. Keep your gas tank full, carry a flashlight, fire extinguisher,
and an emergency/safety travel kit in your vehicle.
- At home: Check smoke detectors;
have at least one detector in every sleeping area; have a working fire extinguisher
and know it's location; keep live Christmas trees watered; turn off holiday
lights when you leave a room.
- Winter weather: Have a working
flashlight - avoid using candles if power fails.
Here's wishing you and yours a safe and happy holiday
Please stay alert and be careful!