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Holy Name Offers Holiday Safety Tips

Safety expert warns against becoming a victim of holiday crimes

With the holiday season in full swing, Holy Name Medical Center safety official and Vice President Chuck Gerity is offering the following tips to prevent becoming a crime victim: 

  • Even though you are rushed and thinking about a thousand things, stay alert to your surroundings.
  • Beware of strangers approaching you. At this time of year, con-artists may try various methods of distracting you with the intention of taking your money or belongings.
  • When leaving home, make sure you leave lights on.
  • Shop during daylight hours whenever possible. If you must shop at night, go with a friend or family member.
  • Dress casually and comfortably.
  • Avoid wearing expensive jewelry.
  • Do not carry a purse or wallet, if possible.
  • Always carry your driver's license or identification along with necessary cash, checks and/or a credit card you expect to use.
  • Keep cash in your front pocket. Avoid carrying large amounts of cash. Pay for purchases with a check or credit card when possible.
  • Don't bring large amounts of cash to work.
  • Notify the credit card issuer immediately if your credit card is lost, stolen or misused.
  • Keep a record of all of your credit card numbers in a safe place at home.
  • Be extra careful if you do carry a wallet or purse. They are the prime targets of criminals in crowded shopping areas, transportation terminals, bus stops, on buses and other rapid transit.
  • Avoid overloading yourself with packages. It is important to have clear visibility and freedom of motion to avoid mishaps.
  • Avoid bringing and leaving gifts in plain view in your vehicle

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