Police Departments offer holiday safety tips

T he Whitehall Police Department has a number of tips to keep you and your family safe during the holidays whether you’re at home or shopping.

Officers are encouraging people to stay alert when they’re shopping. Always keep your packages in sight especially in high traffic areas like the food court and busy stores. It’s also a good idea to keep wallets in your front pockets and avoid carrying large amounts of cash that may attract a would-be criminal’s attention.

When you leave the mall, park in high visibility areas or if possible finish your shopping during the day. Police also advise people to avoid parking next to vehicles with dark tinted windows that may obscure who’s in the vehicle. When leaving, have your keys out, walk briskly and confidently to your car; try avoiding people handing out flyers. If you feel you’re being followed, report it to security immediately. And if possible, shop with a friend. There is safety in numbers.

At home, keep doors and windows locked and avoid putting gifts in plain sight. After the holidays, don’t advertise large gifts by placing empty boxes next to the garbage. Instead break them down and dispose of them.

Finally, if you have to travel during the holidays, leave a few lights on so it looks like people are around. And have a neighbor or family member periodically check on the home. You can also fill out a House Watch request on the Whitehall Police Department’s website at www.whitehallpolice.org and they’ll check on your residence when they are out on patrols.

Comments

comments

Read more in this week's Times in newsstands now or click here to read right now with our e-edition.

Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

Girls fall to Greenwich in opener

A stingy defense was too much for Granville to overcome in season opener Friday night. Granville was held to seven […]

Girls compete with Cougars

The Whitehall girls’ basketball team (0-3) is still seeking its first win of the season. However, the girls stuck with […]

Boys’ hoops handed first loss

After leaping out to a 2-0 start, the Whitehall boys’ basketball team was grounded at North Warren, 65-43. To say […]

Main Street rebounding, says dog salon owner

Dog Salon

By Dan King Malin Shepherd’s new dog salon on Main Street is a sign, she says, that the street is […]

Dared by friends, she write a novel

Author

By Derek Liebig It started with a dare. A few years ago, Granville resident Michele Sargent was having lunch with […]

Town to host hearing on fire protection

By Derek Liebig The town board will hold a public hearing later this month on proposed contracts for fire protection […]

School board discusses data, expenses

By Dan King The Whitehall Board of Education examined test data Monday and the analysis revealed the district still has […]

Village sewer fund gets $600,000 more

By Dan King The Village of Whitehall has received another $600,000 to work on sanitary and storm sewer separation in […]

All-star game for Milletts

Millett goes to Allstar game

By Dan King Whitehall-native Justin Millett, offensive lineman for the Glens Falls Green Jackets, represented his team at the Minor […]

Boys hoops fall in season opener

Greenwich’s ability to hit the outside shot sunk Granville in its season opener Friday night. The Witches hit 11 3-pointers […]

Commercial farming being redefined

The Town of Granville is in the process of updating its Right-to-Farm Law so that is differentiates between commercial and […]

School hires transportation coordinator

Tyler Kelly was hired as transportation supervisor for the Granville school district, replacing John Steves, who resigned last month. Kelly, […]