The holidays are a time of good cheer, but officials warn Berkley and Huntington Woods residents to remain vigilant about their safety even as they celebrate.
Whether you're headed to the mall or , here are some tips from Deputy Director Robert North and Lt. Ron Livingston to help keep yourself and your property secure.
- Stop mail and newspaper delivery or have someone pick them up.
- Keep your lights on a timer.
- Keep vehicle, home and garage doors closed and locked.
- Don't drink and drive.
- Don't drive at a time when you normally wouldn't and may be sleepy.
- Wear a seat belt.
- Don't leave gifts out in the open, whether in your home or vehicle.
- If you have a real tree, make sure you water it. Don't leave the lights on when you're away from home.
- Monitor credit cards and PIN numbers.
- Don't leave GPS units visible in your car when you go shopping. "What a lot of times they'll do is take the GPS and hit home," Livingston said. "They know that person's at the mall and not at home."
Residents also can call the Berkley Public Safety Department at 248-658-3380 or the Huntington Woods Public Safety Department at 248-541-1180 to report that they'll be out of town and request officers keep an eye on their house, North and Livingston said.
"A lot of it is just being aware of your surroundings," Livingston said.
So remember to stay alert and enjoy the holidays!