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Holiday Safety Message from Santa Clara Police
Posted Date: 11/20/2012 7:30 AM


As the Holiday Season approaches, the Santa Clara Police Department recommends the following safety tips for protecting your personal safety and property.

When travelling: 

  • Use automatic timers for lights, radios and televisions. 
  • Join with neighbors to watch for suspicious persons and vehicles. 
  • Do not leave gifts / packages near doors and windows. 

When out for the evening:

  • Turn on lights, a television or radio to give the appearance someone is home. 
  • Secure all doors and windows. Use auxiliary locks.

When shopping: 

  • Remain alert of your surroundings. Shop with a partner.
  • Carry minimal amounts of cash; use credit cards for purchases. 
  • Avoid carrying multiple packages at one time. 
  • Carry your purse or wallet close to your body. 
  • Instruct children to go to a police officer or security guard if they get separated from you.

When shopping via the Internet: 

  • Shop with familiar merchants or companies.
  • Keep passwords private; use letters and numbers in combination.
  • Use a secure browser. 
  • Pay by credit card.

Additional information for a safe and happy Holiday Season is available at the Santa Clara Police Department’s Crime Prevention Unit. The telephone number is (408) 615-4876. Any suspicious activity or persons should be reported to the Police Department’s non-emergency number—(408) 615-5580.

Release prepared by:
Lt. Matt Hogan
Administrative Services Division