Subject: Holiday Safety
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As everyone prepares for the holiday break, we would like to take the
time to share some tips that will help ensure we see everyone return from
the break safe and sound without any unpleasant surprises.
Secure office valuables before leaving. If there are easily
moveable valuables within your office, consider putting them in a secure
location to reduce the likelihood of theft.
Avoid leaving valuables in vehicles. Criminals do a lot of
"shopping" during the holiday season, also. Don't leave
items inside of vehicles where they can be seen or reached. It
takes less than a second to break a window and reach into a
vehicle. Hatchbacks, trucks, and sport utility vehicles are
especially vulnerable, as they do not have trunks.
Use seat belts while in vehicles. The number of vehicle crashes
increases around the holidays, in part because drivers are
preoccupied. Since you can't control how other drivers act, take
the extra time to buckle up (both yourself and your family).
Don't drink and drive, or ride with someone who has. If you find
you have consumed too much rum cake, egg nog (with those special holiday
spirits added), or other intoxicating beverages, call a friend or take
advantage of one of the special holiday ride services available.
AAA offers service (for anybody) by calling 1-800-AAA-HELP. In
addition, local restaurants and bars have teamed together with Alert Cab
to offer free taxi rides from those establishments to your home (just ask
the bartender if they are participating to arrange for the ride - a list
of participating entities can be found in the Las Cruces Sun News,
12/17/2001, Business Section, page 5).
Avoid fire hazards, and use smoke detectors. The holiday
season brings with it beautiful lights and sights, but some of these can
present a danger of fire. Make sure no more than 3 strings of
lights are connected to each other, keep trees and wreaths far from any
candles or fireplaces, make sure chimneys do not have built-up soot, and
have smoke detectors around the house (make sure the batteries are good,
We hope everyone has a happy holiday season, and look forward to
seeing you again in January. If you have questions about other
measures you might take, please feel free to contact the NMSU Police
Department at 646-3311.
Prepared By: NMSU Police Department - Public Information