As the holiday season approaches, many of us become wrapped up in holiday festivities making it easy to overlook simple safety precautions. The Grove City Division of Police would like to remind everyone of a few holiday safety tips to help ensure you and your family have a safe and happy holiday season.

If you are shopping…

  • Be aware of your surroundings. Look around.
  • Park in a well-lit area and be sure to lock your vehicle. Do not leave shopping bags or purses in your vehicle in plain view.
  • Do not approach your car alone if you are apprehensive about those around your car.
  • Avoid carrying large amounts of cash. Pay with a check or credit card when possible.
  • Never provide credit card numbers unless you initiate the purchase.
  • Carry your purse close to your body. Place your wallet in an inside or front pants pocket.
  • Teach your children to go to a store clerk or security guard if they become lost or separated.
  • Be aware of strangers approaching you for any reason. “Con-artists” take advantage of holiday generosity to direct you with the intention of theft. It is not uncommon for criminals to solicit door-to-door, asking for donations or sham charitable causes.

If you are out for the evening…

  • Turn on lights and a radio or TV so it appears that someone is home.
  • Be diligent about locking your doors and windows, even when you’re gone for a short time.
  • Do not display gifts or high-priced items in your home where they can be seen from the outside.

 If you are going out of town…

  • Fill out a Request for Home Security Check form online or visit the Safety Complex, 3360 Park St.; forms are available in the lobby. Your home will be checked by the Grove City Division of Police while you are away.
  • Stop your mail and newspaper or ask a neighbor to collect them for you.
  • Advise a trusted neighbor that you will be out of town. Ask them to report any suspicious activity to the police immediately.

 After the holidays… 

It’s fun to share your joy; but be cautious. Do not advertise gifts received during the holidays, this includes sharing on social media sites. Avoid setting out boxes from high-priced items at the curb on trash day by dropping them in a drop box for recycling. If you must place them at the curb, break down boxes and turn them inside out so passersby cannot see the labels.

Many programs are available to educate and deter unlawful activity. Visit the Grove City Division of Police website for crime alerts, trends and tips.

If you would like additional information on other crime prevention programs, call 614-277-1765.