Dunkirk Police Issues Holiday Warning

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DUNKIRK, NY (WNY News Now) – During the holiday season, people are often busy, excited and a little careless when it comes to staying safe from no-gooders.

Unfortunately, it’s a time when they should be extra careful. Crooks love the holidays as much as everyone else.

Here are some tips from Dunkirk Police on how to celebrate this season while keeping it a safe one.

At home:
1. Lock doors and windows when you leave the house.
2. If expecting packages, plan on having someone home to accept them. Or, have a neighbor watch for deliveries and hold them for you until you get home.
3. Don’t display gifts where they can be seen from outside.
4. Turn on a radio or TV when you go out at night so the house appears occupied.
5. If you go away for a few days, get an automatic timer for lights and TV. Have a neighbor watch your house and pick up mail.
6. Be wary of strangers coming to the door asking for donations or public utility workers asking to enter your house. Ask for ID, look for worker’s vehicles and if you don’t feel comfortable, don’t open the door. Instead, call the Police Desk and we will send a patrol car.
7. Be cautious of scams and who you give your personal or credit card information to. Remember – if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
8. Use only fire-resistant ornaments and check lights to make sure they are safe. Teach children not to play with lights and electrical connections. Avoid overloading outlets and using extension cords. Keep live trees watered and do not leave tree lights on overnight or when away from home.
10. Test your smoke detector and let guests know your escape plan in case of an emergency.

When shopping:
1. Stay alert.
2. Shop before dark if possible.
3. Park in well-lit areas and be sure to lock doors and windows. Use your car panic alarm if you are being followed or feel uncomfortable.
4. Avoid carrying large amounts of cash and deter pickpockets and purse snatchers by carrying your purse under your arm and keeping wallets in front pockets.
5. Teach children to stay close and to find an employee or security guard if they become separated or lost.
6. Avoid using a debit card on internet purchases.
7. Check debit and credit card account activity often to make sure it has not been compromised.


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