Archive for Wednesday, November 26, 2003

Basehor police offer tips for safe holiday

November 26, 2003

Traditionally, the day after Thanksgiving produces one of -- if not the -- busiest shopping days of the year. But not only stores are busy during the holiday season; crime rates are typically higher during November and December, according to statistics.

As area residents prepare for the Yuletide season, officers from the Basehor Police Department are urging area residents to use caution both at the stores and at home.

"The major thing during the holiday season is safety at home and outside of the home," said Basehor police chief Vince Weston. "Be alert, don't become a victim. If something looks suspicious that's because it probably is."

Weston advised the following safety tips for the holidays:

  • When shopping, secure all packages in the trunk or vehicle's rear.

"Keep your purchases and valuables out of sight," Weston said.

  • Whether paying by credit card or cash, recover all receipts and be aware of surroundings.

"This will help prevent identity theft," the police chief said.

  • Travel with someone as much as possible.
  • At home, keep gifts out of plain sight. For decorative purposes, wrap empty boxes for display instead of the actual gifts.
  • Turn off Christmas tree lights when leaving the home.
  • After the holiday season, cut up empty boxes instead of setting them outside for trash pick up.

"If the boxes are left out for the trash, that tells everyone there is a new computer or a television inside," Weston said.

  • Place outside the home a lock box for deliveries.

"There are thieves that follow delivery trucks around," Weston said.

  • Look out for your neighbors. If something seems out of place, contact the police department for assistance.

The police department also recommends area residents winterize their vehicles in preparation for the winter months. Keep a spare blanket, water, high protein snacks and a flashlight in the vehicle, officers suggested.

For more information or questions, contact the Basehor Police Department at (913) 724- 1370.

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