Holiday Safety Tips from Cutler Bay Police - Operation Grinch Busters
In continued efforts to provide the Town a safe environment during the holiday season, the Police Department will implement their annual Operation Grinch Busters holiday crime initiative. This is a holiday season initiative in which the Miami Dade Police Department, along with the Town's police officers, take extra measures to prevent and deter robberies, auto thefts, vehicle burglaries, larcenies, and other crimes of opportunity during this active time of year. The operation will commence on Thursday, November 22, 2018, and conclude on Sunday, January 6, 2019.
Keep these tips in mind for a safe and happy holiday season:
TIPS FOR A SAFE AND HAPPY HOLIDAY SEASON
If You’re Traveling . . .
- Set an automatic timer for your lights.
- Ask your neighbor to watch your home, pick up newspapers, collect mail, and park in the driveway from time to time.
- Be sure to hide any gifts that may be left at the house while you’re gone.
If You’re Out for the Evening . . .
- Turn on lights, the radio or the TV so that it appears that someone is home.
- Lock all doors and windows while you’re out, even if you’ll be gone for just a few minutes.
- Do not place packages or gifts near windows.
If You’re Shopping . . .
- Don’t let your guard down, when you are rushing.
- Stay alert and be aware of everything around you at all times.
- Park in well-lighted parking spaces and as close to the store as possible. Lock your car doors, and hide packages in the trunk or under the seats.
- Do not carry large amounts of cash; pay with a credit card.
- Make sure that you do not carry all your packages at the same time.
- Carry your purse close to your body, not dangling by the strap. Put your wallet inside your jacket or front pants pocket.
- If you take your children shopping, teach them to go to a police officer or a store security guard if they get separated or lost.
If a Stranger Comes to the Door . . .
- Stay alert to suspicious-looking couriers delivering packages to you or your neighbors.
- Many con artists take advantage of holiday generosity by going door-to-door. Ask for identification and get specifics to how and where the donations will be spent/used.
- If you feel uncomfortable, just say “No thank you!”
If You’re at Home . . .
- Turn on outside lights to deter burglars.
- Report any suspicious activity to the police by calling 911.
- Make sure your homeowners (or renters) insurance is up-to-date and everything is inventoried properly.