Beware during holidays

Published 12:00 am Monday, December 18, 2006

Enjoy the holidays, but don’t let your guard down.

That’s the message from Selma Police Chief Jimmy Martin, who says predators are in the business of looking for any opportunity to take from those unsuspecting.

Now is a good time to evaluate your homes and property with an eye out for things that give criminals an opportunity to take advantage of you.

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Martin suggests checking windows and doors, making sure that all the locks are in good repair, and have proper locks like deadbolts that are keyed on both sides.

Outside lighting is also important.

Martin urges everyone to be conscious of their surroundings when getting in and out of their vehicles.

Check your vehicles. Don’t leave valuables in view.

Police suggest not leaving car keys or door entry keys anywhere. Thieves are trained to look for keys.

During the Christmas and New Year’s holidays there are parties and get-togethers where alcohol may be served. If so, always have a designated driver. Even if on a short shopping trip, police urge motorists to do the following:

Never leave your vehicle running, especially with children inside.

Always buckle up, no matter how short the trip or if the vehicle has airbags.

Make wearing seat belts a family policy.

Insist that everyone riding in your vehicle wears a seatbelt.

If you are out at night and have to park, park in a well-lit area.