Protect yourself during holidays

Milford police are cautioning people to be especially careful this holiday season as shoppers will be especially vulnerable to burglary, theft and other crimes. The Crime Prevention Unit is offering a few tips in order to reduce the chances of you or your family becoming victims of crime.

Protect Yourself

. Have your car keys in hand so you don’t have to linger before entering your car. Check the back seat and under the car before getting in.

. Always lock the car doors after entering or leaving your car.

. Try to plan your shopping trip with other people. Don’t shop alone.

. Walk and park only in well-lighted areas. Always be aware of your surroundings; pay attention to any unusual or suspicious activity or persons and report them.

. Never leave your purchases in plain view in your car. If you have more shopping to do, lock them in the car out of sight.

. Teach children that, should they get separated from you in a shopping mall, they should go to a cashier or security person and say they are lost.

Protect your credit cards:

. Secure a list of all credit cards with their numbers and issuer’s names and phone numbers.

. Don’t carry large amounts of cash. It may be a better choice to use debit cards for purchases.

. Carry a small handbag, just large enough to carry your identification, debit/credit cards and your keys. Remove anything not needed during your shopping trip.

. Notify issuers immediately if your card is lost, stolen or misused.

. Examine monthly statements carefully to ensure they indicate the actual amount charged.

Protect your home:

. Be extra cautious about locking doors and windows when you leave the house.

. Don’t display gifts where they can be seen from a window or doorway.

. Teach children not to play with tree lights or electrical connections.

. If you go away, put several lights on automatic timers. Have a trusted neighbor watch the house, remove accumulated snow, pick up the mail, and park in the driveway from time to time.