Holiday Safety Tips

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The holiday break is a time for relaxation, cheer and travel. While this can be a happy time, it’s also important to take certain safety precautions to keep you and your valuables protected. The National Center for Campus Public Safety gives the following safety tips to help you have a safe holiday season whether you’re going out of town or staying on campus.  


The two biggest safety tips: 

  1. Be aware of your surroundings at all times.
  2. Trust your instincts.


  • Lock all of your windows and doors.
  • Make sure valuables are not visible through any windows and doors (it’s best to take them with you or lock them up).
  • Stop your mail.


  • Contact people at your destination and let them know when you are leaving and when you expect to arrive.
  • Be aware of your surroundings at all times.
  • If your car breaks down, stay with the car and accept no rides. If someone stops to help, ask him or her to call the police. Use your own cell phone if signal range allows.
  • Never leave valuables on the seat of your vehicle in plain view. If you must leave something in your vehicle, lock it in the trunk or put it out of sight.
  • Park in a highly visible, well-lit space.
  • When returning to your vehicle, carry your keys in your hand and be ready to unlock the door and enter as quickly as possible.


  • Walk with others whenever possible.
  • Travel in well-lit, populated areas.
  • Don’t text or talk on the phone while walking.
  • Hide cash and valuables.
  • Avoid carrying large amounts of cash.
  • Keep a secure hold on your purse and shopping bags. Do not put them down or on top of the car to open the door.
  • If you must take a wallet or purse, carry it close to your body with the clasp nearest you and be alert.
  • If you feel unsafe, ask mall or store security for an escort before leaving your shopping location.


  • If you notice anything unusual while at an ATM, cancel your transaction, pocket your card and leave immediately. Go to a safe place and call police.
  • When using a drive-up ATM, keep the car running, your car doors locked and all windows except for the driver’s side window rolled up.


”Holiday Safety Tips.” The National Center for Campus Public Safety. December 9, 2014. Accessed November 24, 2018.