Frankfort, IN – In the season of giving, Frankfort Police are offering holiday safety tips to help residents protect themselves and their property during the holidays and beyond.
According to Police Chief Troy Bacon, police see a small spike in thefts and scams during the holiday season.
“Sharing basic safety precautions everyone can follow is key in helping to reduce the types of crimes we see particularly during this time of year. In reality, these safety tips apply all year long. Extra awareness of your surroundings and caution with items in your possession can go a long way in remaining safe,” Bacon said.
- When shopping, try to park in a well-lit area.
- Never leave valuables visible inside your vehicle. Place all items out of sight, inside your trunk.
- Remain aware of your surroundings when walking to and from your car.
- Never leave your car unoccupied with the motor running or with children inside, regardless of how close by you are.
- Whenever possible, shop during daylight hours. If you must shop at night, go with a friend or family member.
- Avoid carrying large amounts of cash.
- Criminals commonly take advantage of the generosity of people during the holiday season by soliciting donations. Be extra cautious before donating and thoroughly investigate the charity before giving any donation.
- If you are having packages delivered while you are at work or away, have a trusted neighbor or friend retrieve the packages for you soon after they are delivered.
- Be extra vigilant about locking doors and windows when you leave the house, even for a few minutes.
Report suspicious people or activities to law enforcement immediately. Call 911 for all emergencies or (765) 654-4431 to report a non-emergency situation.