Tips to keep you safe this holiday season - - Jackson, MS

Tips to keep you safe this holiday season

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MADISON COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

With the holiday season here, local law enforcement agencies want you to stay safe.

Madison County Sheriff Randy Tucker has posted these safety tips to his Facebook page in hopes to protect you and your family this holiday season.

• Avoid driving alone or at night. 
• 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. 
• Avoid parking next to vans, trucks with camper shells, or cars with tinted windows. 
• 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. 
• Do not leave packages or valuables on the seat of your car. This creates a temptation for thieves. If you must leave something in the car, lock it in the trunk or put it out of sight. 
• Be sure to locate your keys prior to going to your car. 
• Keep a secure hold on your purse, handbag and parcels. Do not put them down or on top of the car in order to open the door. 
• When approaching or leaving your vehicle, be aware of your surroundings. 
• Do not approach your car alone if there are suspicious people in the area. 
• Ask mall or store security for an escort before leaving your shopping location.

Automated Teller Machine (ATM) 
• If you must use an ATM, choose one that is located inside a police station, mall, or well-lighted location. Withdraw only the amount of cash you need. 
• Protect your PIN by shielding the ATM keypad from anyone who is standing near you. 
• Do not throw your ATM receipt away at the ATM location.
• 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 Mississippi Driver License or Identification Card along with necessary cash, checks and/or a 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. 
• Pay for purchases with a check or credit card when possible. 
• Keep cash in your front pocket. 
• Notify the credit card issuer immediately if your credit card is lost, stolen or misused. 
• Avoid overloading yourself with packages. It is important to have clear visibility and freedom of motion to avoid mishaps. 
• Beware of strangers approaching you for any reason. At this time of year, "con-artists" may try various methods of distracting you with the intention of taking your money or belongings.

• If possible, leave small children at home with a trusted babysitter. 
• Teach your child to go to a store clerk and ask for help in case your child is separated from you. 
• Teach children to stay close to you at all times while shopping. 
• Never allow children to make unaccompanied trips to the restroom. 
• Children should never be allowed to go to the car alone and they should never be left alone in the car. 
• Teach children their full name, address and telephone number to give to police officers or mall security. Teach children to immediately inform you if a stranger is bothering them.

Sheriff Tucker says to feel free to his office if you have any questions or concerns.

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