August 21, 2014

Chief Hannah releases Holiday Safety Tips

During the year-end holiday season, people are regularly on the go, excited and sometimes become more careless than normal, due to the busy season. Chief Kevin Hannah of the Franklin Police Department urges citizens to take steps to make sure you have a safe and happy holiday season.  Here are some suggestions:

  1. Be sure that the doors and windows of your home are locked when you leave, even if it’s just a few minutes.

  2. Don’t display gifts and valuables where they can be seen from a window or doorway.

  3. Place one or more lights on a timer and leave a noise making device, such as a radio or television on so that your home looks occupied.

  4. When away from home for an extended period of time have your neighbor or a friend pick up newspapers, mail and even park in your driveway from time to time.

  5. Be cautious of strangers asking for charitable donations. To make sure they are who they say they are and will use your donation for what they request, ask for identification, how the funds will be used, and a company telephone number or website so that you can verify their purpose.

  6. Keep records on serial numbers of existing property and add to the list any new items that may be purchased or received as gifts.

  7. Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

  8. Make sure holiday lights are in good working order and that ornaments are flame resistant.

  9. Avoid leaving empty boxes outside, as they indicate to burglar’s items that may be worth stealing from your home.

  10. When shopping, shop before dark if possible. Never park in dark lots, no matter how convenient they may be.

  11. Place packages in the trunk or covered cargo area and make sure that your windows are closed and doors are locked.

  12. Avoid carrying large amounts of cash. Use checks or credit/debit cards when possible.

  13. Keep a firm grip on purses and wallets. Place purses under your arm and keep wallets inside your front pants pocket. If anyone bumps into you make sure that your purse, wallet and valuables are still in place. It may be an accident or it could be someone trying to steal from you.

  14. Avoid carrying a large amount of packages so that you can remain alert.

  15. Teach children that if they become lost in a store to go to a store employee or customer service desk, not the parking lot. Make sure that your children know the dress attire for the employees, as many stores require their employees to wear identifying uniforms. Also teach your children the difference in a bad stranger and a good stranger so that they know it is okay to approach security guards and public safety employees.

“We encourage City of Franklin residents to access our website at www.franklingapolice.com and complete the Residential Security Patrol Request, located under Community on the homepage. This form will allow residents to request that an officer from the Franklin Police Department conduct security checks of your home while you are away for an extended period of time,” stated Chief Hannah.

“In addition you may request the same by contacting our office at (706) 675-6624. For residents outside of our jurisdiction, you may contact your local law enforcement agency and request that they conduct residential security patrols.”

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