Holiday safety tips from U.S.’s safest city: “Season to Be Safe”
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Holiday safety tips from U.S.’s safest city: “Season to Be Safe”

El Paso : TX : USA | Dec 02, 2012 at 1:56 PM PST
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El Paso and Juarez

[EL PASO, TEXAS] The winter holidays usher in seasonal activities that deliver a welcome diversion to gloomy solstice doldrums. But changes in schedules and normal routines can open the door to trouble. In an effort to keep the holidays safe, the El Paso police are offering some tips to make your holidays, as they term it, a “Season to Be Safe.”

Teaching the public to keep themselves, their families and their property safe during the holiday season is a priority to El Paso police. And they’re good at it.

El Paso is situated mere yards away from Juarez, Mexico, a city that in recent years has assumed the moniker “Murder City” for its phenomenal crime rate. It has been called the most violent city on earth.

Yet, during the same time period, El Paso has repeatedly earned titles for being one of the safest cities in the United States.

Close proximity to violent crime gives El Paso extra reason to take precautions. So, local police are joining forces with other local civic, governmental and commercial organizations to remind the public of tips that will shield them from unwanted problems.

These common sense tips will protect you, too. They’re a good reminder to all this holiday season:

HOME SAFETY

  • Never leave your children alone. This is the primary rule!
  • Lock your doors and windows when you leave home.
  • Don’t display holiday gifts so they’re visible from a window or doorway.
  • When you’re not home, turn on some lights and leave a radio on.
  • Leave drapes and or curtains in a normal position.
  • Mark your valuables with your driver’s license number.
  • Pick up mail and newspapers so your house does not appear to be unoccupied.
  • Never give information about your home over the telephone.
  • Always call police to report any suspicious activity you spot.

SAFETY WHEN SHOPPING

  • Always keep your children close to you.
  • Do not shop alone.
  • Never take more money than you need to make your purchases.
  • Be discreet. Don’t flash your money when paying for items.
  • Pay with a check card or credit card.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Don’t leave any purchases or purses unattended.
  • Don’t overburden yourself with packages.
  • Carry your purse close to your body.

SECURING YOUR AUTO

  • Always lock your vehicle.
  • Use anti-theft devices, if you have them.
  • Don’t leave any packages or valuables inside the vehicle.
  • Approach your vehicle with your keys out and ready to use.
  • Park your vehicle in well-lit areas.
  • Keep your vehicle in proper working order.
  • If something seems wrong, get help from security, or call the police

With the hectic nature of the holiday season, it sometimes can be tempting to take shortcuts with common sense safety tips. But criminal activity doesn’t take a holiday. So, honor these friendly reminders and make this a “Season to be Safe.”

SOURCES

El Paso Police Department

El Paso Regional Economic Development Committee

Bowden, Charles. Murder City: Ciudad Juarez and the Global Economy's New Killing Fields.

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Avoid problems and stay safe this holiday season by remembering these safety tips from the El Paso, Texas Police Department.
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