Holiday Safety Tips from Public Safety

As we prepare for the upcoming holiday the York College Department of Public Safety would like to remind everyone of ways in which they can stay safe:
  • When shopping at a mall or plaza always try to park close to entrances or under heavy-lit areas.
  • Always be aware of your surroundings.
  • Deter pickpockets. Carry your purse close to your body or your wallet inside a coat or front pant pocket.
  • Do not buy more than you can carry. Your hands should always be available if you need them.
  • If possible take a friend with you when you go shopping.
  • Do not take credit cards out until you are ready to pay for your items.
  • Have your keys in your hand when you are approaching your vehicle. Look in your back seat  before you enter your vehicle.
  • Do not leave packages where others can view them.
  • When shopping with small children, create a safety plan in case you get separated. (That should include a meeting place and emergency contact names and numbers).
  • Make sure your children are comfortable asking law enforcement officers and security officers for help.
  • When shopping online keep passwords and personal information private.
  • Do not use public computers for shopping.
  • Make sure to research companies before you make charitable donations.
  • When shopping, do not have I-Pods plugged into your ears or talk on your smart phones. Stay Alert!
  • Do not take short cuts or streets you are not familiar with.
  • If you see a strange or unattended package, notify law enforcement.
  • When at home, do not open your doors for people that you do not know.
  • Do not post on face book or any other social media network that you are going on vacation. Burglars are also on Facebook.
  • Check your credit and credit cards regularly to make sure there is no unusual activity.

Stay safe and have a happy holiday!