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Holy Name Offers Holiday Safety Tips

Safety expert warns against becoming a victim of holiday crimes

Holy Name Offers Holiday Safety Tips

With the holiday season in full swing, Holy Name Medical Center safety official and Vice President Chuck Gerity is offering the following tips to prevent becoming a crime victim: 

  • Even though you are rushed and thinking about a thousand things, stay alert to your surroundings.
  • Beware of strangers approaching you. At this time of year, con-artists may try various methods of distracting you with the intention of taking your money or belongings.
  • When leaving home, make sure you leave lights on.
  • Shop during daylight hours whenever possible. If you must shop at night, go with a friend or family member.
  • Dress casually and comfortably.
  • Avoid wearing expensive jewelry.
  • Do not carry a purse or wallet, if possible.
  • Always carry your driver's license or identification along with necessary cash, checks and/or a credit card you expect to use.
  • Keep cash in your front pocket. Avoid carrying large amounts of cash. Pay for purchases with a check or credit card when possible.
  • Don't bring large amounts of cash to work.
  • Notify the credit card issuer immediately if your credit card is lost, stolen or misused.
  • Keep a record of all of your credit card numbers in a safe place at home.
  • Be extra careful if you do carry a wallet or purse. They are the prime targets of criminals in crowded shopping areas, transportation terminals, bus stops, on buses and other rapid transit.
  • Avoid overloading yourself with packages. It is important to have clear visibility and freedom of motion to avoid mishaps.
  • Avoid bringing and leaving gifts in plain view in your vehicle

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