Holiday Safety Tips from the PD


Good Morning Jackson!

     I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving celebrated with friends and family.  This is a special time of year and one that provides lasting memories for all.  However, not everyone has the kindest of intentions and criminals are prone to prey on others even during this sacred time.  As we roar into the holiday season, here are a few tips to keep you and your loved ones safe and sound!

Keep Your Car Locked and Valuables Out of Sight!  Thieves run rampant at Christmas time, knowing that during the hustle and bustle of shopping, you may leave gifts unattended.  Many will roam the parking lots of shopping areas and eateries to get into vehicles to steal items from within.  Don't make it easy for them!  Stash your stuff and lock it up!

Lock Your Home When Away!  Burglars know that people are out and about during this time of year attending parties, Church services and other functions.  They will seize upon these opportunities to roam neighborhoods looking for an easy score.  Keeping some indoor and outdoor lighting on, security systems in place, and locking your home, are proven ways to make sure the "Grinch" stays away!

12 Scammers Scamming!  The holidays bring out a lot of scammers, by phone, internet and even in person.  Even though your sense of charity may be high, so too should your senses for a scam.  Don't give credit card or personal information over the phone unless you are SURE that it is a legitimate business.  When in doubt, you can check with the Better Business Bureau, local Chamber of Commerce, or the Police.

Celebration in Moderation!  So many parties, so little time!  Please be mindful that the best of holidays can be ruined by over consumption of alcohol.  Domestic disturbances, drunk driving arrests and other alcohol fueled calamities increase during December and January.  A drunk driving crash could take your freedom, your health, or the life of a loved one in an instant.  Late night driving puts impaired drivers on the road in high numbers this time of year so drive sober and drive defensively.  Be smart about your social choices and enjoy all your moments safely.

We here at the Jackson Police Department wish everyone a happy and safe holiday season!  Remember, Santa (and the Police) are watching!


Chief Chris Perley

Jackson Police Department