While decking the halls this holiday season, keep in mind criminals may be just as anxious to see what presents are under the tree.
The Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office encourages you to take five minutes to perform a quick survey of your home. Make this check a part of your 9 PM Routine.
- Lock doors and windows and shut the garage door to keep unwelcome guests out.
- Don’t leave keys hidden outside or in fake rocks. Burglars know how to find them.
- Close window curtains or blinds so criminals can’t see inside.
- Keep presents out of view.
- Bring in shopping bags from vehicles.
- Keep your tree hydrated and turn tree lights off before leaving or going to bed.
- Make sure all decorations are three feet from any heat source.
- Never leave burning candles unattended; consider battery-powered candles.
Getting lots of packages delivered to your home? Check out our YouTube video for ways to keep Porch Pirates away.
Criminals find opportunities after the holidays, too. When getting the trash ready for pickup, break down boxes and place them in trash bags or containers. Don’t advertise the 60” flat screen TV you received! If you are a victim of a crime, please report it to your local law enforcement.
Take down your tree when it becomes dry. Dried out trees are a major fire hazard. Check with your local community to find a way to dispose of it. Bring in outdoor lights and look for broken cords or loose bulb connections.
As the temperatures get colder and Jack Frost makes his way toward town, it’s time to prepare for winter weather and icy roads.
Before driving, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) recommends you put together an emergency kit for your vehicle. Keeping these items in your car could help you stay safe and warm in a crisis.
- Flares/reflectors to signal for help and warn other motorists
- Sturdy scraper/snow brush/snow shovel to clear snow
- Battery or crank-powered radio to listen to emergency broadcasts
- Flashlight with extra batteries or crank-powered flashlight
- Survival blanket or sleeping bag
- Chemical hand warmers
- Extra set of clothes, including coat, hat, mittens, boots, etc.
- Gallon jug of water and nonperishable food
- First Aid Kit and essential medications
- Tire chains and tow strap
- Non-clumping kitty litter/sand for traction
- Jumper cables
- Extra cloth or paper towels for cleanup, if necessary
- Deck of cards or board game for entertainment
After putting together an emergency kit, CDOT recommends doing an exhaustive inspection of your car. Doing a check of your vehicle’s equipment now can catch any issues it may have before you hit the road.