This time of year, you’re doing things differently than normal. Here are a few basic tips from Sumner Police to make sure your holidays are happy and bright, and not in the flashing-police-light kind of way.

At Your Door

• Be aware that criminals sometimes pose as couriers delivering gifts.
• It is not uncommon for criminals to take advantage of the
generosity of people during the holiday season by soliciting donations door-to-door for charitable causes although no charity is involved.
• Ask for their identification, and find out how the donated funds will be used. If you are not satisfied, do not donate.
• Donate to a recognized charitable organization.

Hosting a Party

• Have non-alcoholic beverages available for party guests.
• Find alternative transportation for intoxicated guests.
• Arrange for an official designated driver for your party who will not drink at all.

Attending a Party

• Have something to eat before consuming alcoholic beverages.
• Eat high protein foods that will stay in your stomach longer and
slow the absorption of alcohol into your system.
• Remember only time will eliminate the alcohol from your body.
• Remember that cold medication combined with alcohol will likely impair sooner than alcohol alone.
• Know your safe limit.
• Never drink and drive. Plan ahead so you’re not making this
decision while impaired.

At Home

• Be extra cautious about locking doors and windows when you leave the house, even for a few minutes.
• When leaving home for an extended time, have a neighbor or family member watch your house and pick up your newspapers and mail.
• Indoor and outdoor lights should be on an automatic timer.
• Leave a radio or television on so the house looks and sounds occupied.
• Large displays of holiday gifts should not be visible through the windows and doors of your home.
• When setting up a Christmas tree or other holiday display, make sure doors and passageways are clear inside your home.
• Be sure your Christmas tree is mounted on a sturdy base so children, elderly persons or family pets cannot pull it over on themselves.
• If you use lights on your Christmas tree, ensure the wiring is not damaged or frayed. Frayed or damaged wiring can cause a fire.
• Place your Christmas tree in water or wet sand to keep it green.
• Never place wrapping paper in your fireplace.


• Dress casually and comfortably.
• Avoid wearing expensive jewelry.
• Always carry your license along with necessary cash, checks and/or credit card you expect to use.
• Even though you are rushed and thinking about a thousand things,
stay alert to your surroundings.
• Avoid carrying large amounts of cash.
• 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.
• Avoid overloading yourself with packages. It is important to
have clear visibility and freedom of motion to avoid mishaps.
• Don’t leave bags or other potential valuables in sight in your
vehicle while shopping.
• Always lock your vehicle and if possible, park under lights when
dark (which is most of the day this time of year).


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