Sheriff offers crime prevention tips during holiday season

Posted 6 December 2014 at 12:00 am

Press Release, Orleans County Sheriff Scott Hess

ALBION – The holiday season is upon us and the Orleans County Sheriff’s Office wants everyone to remember the basics for maintaining your safety while shopping and at home:

Thieves look forward to the holidays as much as you do. When outside of malls or shopping plazas, stay in well lit areas. Do not leave valuables in open view inside your car. Lock them in the trunk or cover them in an unobtrusive way. If you place purchases in the car with the intention of doing some additional shopping, take time to move your vehicle to another location. You never know when thieves are watching.

Don’t flash large amounts of cash when making purchases. Carry your purse or shoulder bag close to your body, not dangling by long straps. Carry your wallet in an inside pocket of your coat or front pants pocket. Carry only the credit card(s) you intend to use. Leave the others at home.

Always lock your vehicle and your house. Leave lights turned on both inside and outside your residence after dark. Most burglars prefer to practice their craft under cover of darkness. If you plan on being away from your home for an extended period of time, put lights and the TV on timers. Also make arrangements for someone to pick-up your mail and newspapers. An overstuffed mailbox or newspapers piled up on the porch is a sure sign that no one is at home.

Opportunity is the key ingredient to a criminal’s success. By following these basic safety and prevention tips, you can significantly reduce your chances of becoming a victim. The Orleans County Sheriff’s Office joins with other law enforcement agencies in wishing everyone a safe and happy holiday season.