The holiday season is a time of celebration, but unfortunately, can create a rich environment for certain types of crimes, thefts, and scams. Here are some important tips to help you enjoy the season and avoid becoming the victim of a crime.
Mail/Delivery Package Theft
- Choose a delivery option that allows for you to be home to receive the packages.
- If this isn’t possible, have packages delivered to your work (check with your employer first), delivered to the home of a trusted friend or relative, or held at the local Post Office for pick up.
- Take advantage of Ship-to-Store options or Amazon’s “Locker” feature.
- Request your package has Signature Confirmation on delivery.
- Track your package.
- Security camera doorbells are very helpful in prosecution of package theft offenders.
Burglary to Vehicles
|||Keep all car doors locked and windows closed while in or out of your car. Set your alarm or use an anti-theft device.|
|||If you must shop at night, park in a well-lighted area.|
|||Park as close as you can to your destination and take notice of where you parked.|
|||Never leave your car unoccupied with the motor running or with children inside.|
- When storing items purchased at the stores, place them out of sight. The best place is in a locked trunk. Do not leave your purse, wallet, or cellular telephone in plain view.
- The two most common phone scams are you owe money, or you won money. Either way, the caller will attempt to get you to send money (or gift cards), or divulge banking information.
- The IRS never announces audits via phone calls.
- Legitimate businesses won’t threaten to involve police, or use profanity.
- Make it a rule to ask advice of a knowledgeable relative, friend, financial advisor or attorney before investing your money.
- Beware of unfamiliar individuals or firms calling from out of state offering fantastic or irresistible bargains.
- Remember, when dealing with telemarketing solicitations, if it sounds too good to be true, it usually is.
Please immediately report any suspicious activity by dialing 911, and have a joyful holiday season!
If you have questions, or would like further information contact:
Crime Prevention Officer Mike O’Connor #244
Forest Park Police Department 708-615-6254