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Prince George's Police Offer Holiday Safety Tips

When shopping or at home, the Prince George's County Police Department shares some holiday safety advice.

The Prince George’s County Police Department offers these crime prevention tips on its PGPD News Blog to help residents stay safe during the holiday shopping season.

When Shopping:

• Stay alert and be aware of your surroundings.
• Walk in well-lit areas; populated areas; avoid cut-through paths.
• Try to park in busy, well-lit areas and avoid parking beside large vehicles.
• Lock your car doors, and place all valuables in the trunk or under the seats.
• Avoid carrying large sums of cash, pay with a check or credit cards.
• Keep your purse closed and close to your body and/or carry your wallet in an inside coat or front pants pocket.

At Home:

• Don’t display presents under the tree where they can be seen from a window.
• Keep all windows and doors locked when you are away from home.
• If out of town, stop mail and newspaper deliveries and place a light on a timer, this will give the appearance of someone being home.
• Have a trusted neighbor to keep an eye on your residence.

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