Keep your wits about you this holiday season

The Seattle Police Department wants you to stay safe this holiday season by not leaving your common sense hidden away when you become enmeshed in the rush of the season's preparations.


Set an automatic timer for your lights.

Do not place packages or gifts near windows or other high-visibility sites.

Ask your neighbor to watch your home and park in the driveway from time to time.

Don't drink and drive.

When attending holiday celebrations, consider designating a driver or using a cab.


When taking your children shopping, teach them to go to a police officer or a store security guard if they get separated or lost.

Carry your purse close to your body, not dangling by the straps. Put a wallet in an inside coat or front pants pocket.

Be aware of your surroundings when using ATMs. Also, do not keep your PIN on your person.

Avoid carrying a large amount of cash. Use credit cards or checks and carry your Washington state driver license or ID card with you.

Beware of strangers approaching you for any reason. Criminals may try to distract and confuse you with the intention of taking your money or belongings.

Don't leave anything of value in your car. Packages and shopping bags should be hidden from sight: don't just cover them with a coat or blanket.

Park in a lighted area and lock your vehicle doors.


Stay alert to suspicious-looking couriers delivering packages to you or your neighbors.

Many con artists take advantage of holiday generosity by going door-to-door. Ask for identification and get specifics to how and where the donations will be spent/used.

If you feel uncomfortable, just say "no thank you" and shut the door.[[In-content Ad]]