A message from Hudson Oaks Police Chief Michael Baldwin:
The holiday season is upon us. Nationally, crime spikes over the holidays as it is dark earlier, homes fill with gifts, and activities take us away from our homes more often. Please make sure to secure your property and protect yourself and your family while you are away from home. Below are precautionary steps to follow:
1) Watch Out for Social Media. Be very careful about what you post, do not share travel plans or schedule, as you never know who is reading those. Pass this tip onto your children. Also, beware of identity theft as well: protect your personal information on line, over the telephone or when out in public.
2) Doors, Windows, and Locks. Be sure your doors are locked, including the door from the garage into the house, as many burglaries occur through an unlocked door or window.
3) Light It Up. Theives do not want to be seen. Exterior lights on all sides of your home (especially motion activated) are a great deterrent to intruders. Use automatic timers to control lights in your home.
4) Know Your Neighbors. Neighbors watching out for neighbors is the best crime deterrance imaginable! Encourage your neighbors to report suspicious behavior.
5) Mail, papers and deliveries. When leaving home for an extended time, have a neighbor or family member watch your house and pick up mail and newspapers. Beware of package thieves, re-direct deliveries to a safe location or entrust someone to retrieve them.
6) Close Those Curtains! Holiday gifts should not be visible through the windows and doors of your home.
7) Remember “Never Unlocked, Nothing in View”. Lock your vehicle, hide any packages or possessions and be sure to take your keys. This is as important at home as well as when you are away.
8) Never Drink and Drive! Eat before consuming alcoholic beverages, remember only time will eliminate acohol from the body, know your safe limit, and always have a designated driver.
9) Know your surroundings! Always be aware of surroundings and ask for an escort or go to a public or well lit place, and dial 9-1-1, if you feel suspicious of anyone.
10) Children. Never allow children to return to the vehicle alone and they should never be left unattended in a vehicle. Teach your children thier full name, address and/or telephone number should they get lost or seperated from you.
Have a Safe and Wonderful Holiday Season!!