18 timely tips for a safe and happy holiday season

By Lt. Chuck Fleeger, CSPD Public Information Officer

Copyright: damedeeso / 123RF Stock PhotoThanksgiving is always a wonderful time to relax, spend time with family and friends, enjoy terrific food, and watch a whole heap of football! It’s also a kickoff of a different kind as Black Friday marks the start of the Christmas season.

You certainly don’t want to ruin all that joy by becoming a crime victim.

With shoppers out in force and many residents leaving town, the College Station Police Department offers these safety reminders.

When you go shopping:

  1. Park in well-lit areas.
  2. Shop with a friend or family member – it’s safer and more fun.
  3. If you’re shopping with large amounts of cash, spread it out in two locations such as your purse or wallet, or your pocket and handbag.
  4. Always keep your purse and wallet on you, not unattended in the shopping basket.
  5. Keep your receipts separate from your merchandise bags so you’ll have proof of purchase and ownership if they’re stolen.
  6. Don’t let the customer behind you make you feel rushed. Take the time to put your money and receipts away before leaving the counter.
  7. Have your keys ready when you leave the store so you’re not distracted while digging for them.
  8. Put the purchased items in your trunk or keep them covered. Don’t leave them exposed inside the vehicle. 
  9. Pay attention to your surroundings and don’t be afraid to report suspicious activity or call 911.
  10. Always lock you vehicle, even after you get in.

If you are traveling:

  1. Properly secure your residence to avoid burglary and theft. Lock your doors and windows, and consider using a light switch timer to periodically turn your lights on and off. And if you’re staying in town, be watchful and immediately report any suspicious activity to police.
  2. Prepare your vehicle for long distance travel. Check your vehicle equipment, make sure lights are working properly, fluids levels are topped off, and tire pressure is correct.
  3. Be prepared in case your car breaks down. Have the proper emergency equipment with you such as a flashlight, windshield scraper, road flares or other illuminating devices. If you are expect cold weather, include warm clothing and gloves.
  4. A cell phone is an asset in emergencies. You can reach the police and all other emergency services by dialing 911 on your cell phone.
  5. Leave early so you aren’t rushed. Road can become congested with holiday traffic, so expect delays and give yourself extra time to reach your destination so you don’t speed or become frustrated. 
  6. Keep a full tank of gas. Don’t take a chance of getting stranded because you ran out of gas. If you’re getting near or below a quarter tank, fill up. 
  7. Don’t drive if you are tired or drowsy. Stop often and stretch to avoid getting tired, and switch drivers so each person can rest if you’re traveling long distance. Stay alert!
  8. Wear your seatbelt and obey traffic laws.

Here’s to a safe and wonderful holiday season, no matter where you are. 



About the Author
Lt. Chuck Fleeger has 24 years of service with the College Station Police Department and has served as public information officer since 2013. A native of College Station, Fleeger attended Texas A&M.  


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