Holiday Safety Tips

Pickle PoliceAs we prepare to delve into the impending holiday season, Chief of Police Tommy McMasters would like to remind everyone to stay mindful of safety and security.

The following safety tips can be easily incorporated into daily routines, particularly as you navigate to and from residences, shopping centers and other venues.

  • Travel and/or shop with a friend or in a small group if possible. There is strength in numbers.
  • Let someone know when you are leaving your residence, what your destination is and when you plan to return. Communicate when you have arrived and any subsequent destinations when you depart your location. This will help implement accountability and provide a starting point should the need arise for someone to locate you.
  • If there are cameras mounted at your destination, do your best to park where you can see the camera. Remember if you can see the camera, and if the camera is operable, it is likely that the camera can see you.
  • When you exit your vehicle remember to secure any valuables in the glove compartment, trunk, center console or otherwise out of view to minimize risk of theft. 
  • Please secure/lock garage door openers in the glove compartment or trunk when exiting your vehicle as well. There have recently been reports of criminals breaking into vehicles, stealing garage openers and vehicle registrations (which typically bear a home address), then robbing the residence while the victim is spending hours in a retail establishment.
  • Prior to exiting a vehicle, check mirrors and your surroundings to help minimize a potential robbery or other personal crime that could transpire in the parking lot or even in your driveway.
  • If traveling alone, when transitioning from your vehicle to a retail establishment, restaurant or another residence, initiate a phone call with someone so you can have a witness of some sort should an issue arise.
  • If possible, carry no or minimal cash for shopping and use cashless payment options when available.
  • Have a plan. Tell yourself what you will do should something go awry. Will you use a whistle, pepper spray, keys, fist, feet, knees, or elbows? Think through your potential response should something transpire.
These are just a few tips to incorporate into your daily plans to help you remain safe during this holiday season. Should you have any questions, comments or concerns, the Police & Public Safety Department is always available to assist in any way they can.
Have a safe, secure and enjoyable holiday season!