Princeton Times


December 6, 2012

Holiday Safety

PRINCETON — With the Christmas season upon us, a few simple rules of thumb can help reduce the chances that holiday crimes will ruin the occassion.

Princeton Police Department Ptlm. T.A. Bailey said Tuesday, “When you leave your home to go shopping or do other errands, lock your doors and leave a light on. If you're going on a trip, let a couple of neighbors know so that they can get your mail and your newspapers to keep them from piling up on your porch.”

Another tip, he said, is to have your lights on a timer set to come on at specified times.

As for shopping, he advised, “Park in a well-lit area and put your purchases in the trunk of your car. The philosophy here is ‘out of sight, out of mind.’”

The most prominent incidents that officers investigate during the holidays, Bailey said, are domestic violence and burglaries, in that order.

“People are confined to their homes, and stress levels rise. [With burglaries],people have more items available,” he said.

Bailey added, “If you see something out of the ordinary or don't feel comfortable with your surroundings, call 911. Be aware of your surroundings.”

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