Don’t be a victim during the holidays

From the Garvin County Sheriff’s Office

The holidays are a great time to get to know your neighbors

If you have not already done so, the holiday season is a great time to get to know your neighbors. 

This includes the people who live next door, across the street and over the back fence. Neighbors watching out for neighbors help keep an eye out for suspicious activity and make communities safer.

Parking Lot Safety Tips for Holiday Shoppers

Lock your vehicle and hide valuables, preferably in the trunk or locked compartment. Before sunrise and after sunset, park and walk in well-lit areas and carry keys in your hand. 

Stay alert to your surroundings and take a moment to glance around for possible suspicious persons, vehicles, and/or situations. 

Prior to getting into your vehicle take a look inside and around before entering. If you observe evidence of a possible burglary, call your local law enforcement agency. For the Sheriff’s Office, call 405-238-9900

When you’re out shopping for the holidays, stay alert to surroundings

When in crowded places, be alert for potential thieves. Don’t overload yourself with packages. Maintain visibility and mobility to avoid potential threats. 

Be wary of strangers approaching you for any reason. The holiday season is notorious for “con-artists” who may attempt to distract you with the intention of taking your money or belongings.. Never leave personal belongings unattended. 

Shop with Friends, there is safety in numbers

Recognize that there is safety in numbers and arrange to shop with friends and relatives instead of going out alone. Make sure everyone remains vigilant and looks out for each other.

Tips for Holiday Shopping with Children

When shopping with children, keep a close eye on them at all times. Consider coaching them to go to a store clerk or security guard if they become separated and be sure they know their first and last name so they can advise someone who they are. 

 Keeping your home safe during the holidays

Be extra cautious about locking windows, sliders, and doors when leaving for any length of time. We suggest keeping all entrance points into your house secured while you’re at home as well. 

Set indoor and outdoor lights on timers and think about doing the same with a television or radio to make it appear as if someone is home. 

Never keep gifts or valuable objects in plain view from any window. Close blinds, shutters, drapes, and curtains because if a burglar can see those items they may attempt to take them from you. If a person knocks at your door and you don’t recognize them, don’t feel obligated to open your door. Teach your children that by no means will they open the door to anyone prior to your knowledge and authorization.  

When celebrating the 

holidays, celebrate 

responsibly

Many people celebrate the season by attending holiday parties with family and friends. Enjoy these gatherings responsibly so this time of joy does not become a time of tragedy. 

Watch how much you drink. Don’t drink then drive, get a ride with someone who is sober. The Sheriff’s Office recommends you prearrange transportation if you plan on consuming alcoholic beverages.