|With the excitement of the holidays, sometimes we forget that there are others out there who want to take advantage of our happiness and our festive emotions. They cause harm by taking what is ours, what we have worked hard for all year long. To prevent this, we must be vigilant. However, always remember that the material things can be replaced; your life and your loved ones’ lives cannot. |
1- Be aware of your surroundings
2- Do not carry cash, if possible
3- Park your vehicles in well lit places
4- Travel in numbers
5- Ask for "escorts" to your vehicles
6- Do not leave merchandise or anything of value in your car. If you have to leave something of value in the vehicle (visible or not), put it in the trunk of your car when no one is looking. Do not make it so obvious for everyone to see that you are putting things of value into the trunk. Just because the vehicle is locked or valuables are locked in the trunk, this does not mean it is safe.
7- There is nothing wrong with being suspicious or cautious. Let others (security/police) know if a suspicious person is following you. If you are wrong, it does not matter. Do not second guess yourself. Being embarrassed because you were wrong is much better than you or your family getting hurt or robbed.
Please have a safe and happy holiday!
Forward by Martha Wong, Ed.D.