Holiday Safety

A few safety tips from our friends at Toronto Police 23 Division.

Shopping during the holiday season can present unique danger.

Taking a few prevention measures can help keep your holiday season joyous

The holiday season is a time when busy people can become careless and vulnerable to theft and other holiday crime.

The following tips from The Toronto Police Service 23 Division Community Response Unit Crime Prevention Officer can help you be more careful, prepared and aware during the holiday season.

  • 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
  • Always carry your Ontario Drivers License or Identification Card, along with necessary cash, and or a credit card you expect to you
  • Even though you are rushed and thinking about a thousand things, stay alert to your surroundings
  • Avoid carrying large amounts of cash
  • Pay for purchases with a debit or credit card when possible
  • Keep cash in your front pocket
  • Notify the credit card issuer immediately if you credit card is lost, stolen or misused
  • Keep a record of all 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
  • Beware of strangers approaching you for any reason.  At this time of year, “con-artists” may try various methods of distracting you