Kingsport Police Stress Crime Prevention and Safety Strategies for the Upcoming Holiday Season


KINGSPORT – With Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Day right around the corner, the Kingsport Police Department is encouraging citizens to make crime prevention and safety a priority throughout the holiday season.

Tips for Home:

1)‚ ‚  Be extra cautious about locking doors and windows when you leave home.

2)‚ ‚  If you have an alarm, set it‚¬¦especially when you are away or asleep.

3)‚ ‚  Dont display gifts where they can be seen from a window or doorway.

4)‚ ‚  Leave lights and a radio or television on timers when you are away.

5)‚ ‚  Have a trusted friend, neighbor, or relative collect your mail and newspaper when you are away.

6)‚ ‚  Be wary of strangers soliciting for charitable donations.‚  They may take advantage of your increased generosity during the holidays.

7)‚ ‚  Avoid leaving boxes and packing materials from expensive purchases out on the curb for trash pickup.

8)‚ ‚  Dont advertise that you are away from home.‚  Never discuss your travel plans on social media.

Tips for Shopping in Stores:

1)‚ ‚  Shop before dark if possible.‚  Never park in an unlit area, no matter how convenient it is.

2)‚ ‚  Practice safety in numbers‚¬¦coordinate shopping trips with a friend.

3)‚ ‚  Keep your vehicles doors locked and valuables out of plain sight.‚  Lock your packages and gifts in your vehicles trunk.

4)‚ ‚  Avoid carrying or flaunting large amounts of cash.‚  Use a credit or debit card.‚  When entering a PIN, shield the keypad from view.

5)‚ ‚  To avoid purse snatchers and pickpockets, dont overburden yourself with packages.

6)‚ ‚  Ladies should keep their purse secured on their person with a strap and never place it in a shopping cart.

7)‚ ‚  Be constantly aware of your surroundings.

8)‚ ‚  Be on high alert if approached by a complete stranger asking for assistance.‚  Thieves often work in pairs or teams.

Tips for Online Shopping:

1)‚ ‚  Use a good anti-malware program to secure your computer from viruses and other attacks.

2)‚ ‚  Optimize your computers security settings.‚  Install security updates as they become available.

3)‚ ‚  Share payment information only with known or reputable vendors.

4)‚ ‚  Use a credit card instead of a debit card.‚  Credit cards have limits, and it is much easier to dispute a charge on a credit card than on a debit card.

5)‚ ‚  Make sure the order checkout area is encrypted.‚  Look for the padlock icon and the website address beginning with https rather than just http.

6)‚ ‚  Print and save a copy of your orders.

7)‚ ‚  Use strong passwords that would not be easy for a criminal to guess.

8)‚ ‚  Check your account statements often.‚  Fraudulent charges are only disputable if reported in a timely manner.

9)‚ ‚  Be wary of rock bottom prices that are significantly cheaper than every other online vendor.‚  Remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it usually is.

Tips for Winter Travel:

1)‚ ‚  Have your vehicle inspected by a reputable mechanic before your leave.‚  Be sure and check fluids, tire tread, tire pressure, wipers, fuel level, etc.

2)‚ ‚  Plan your route as well as an alternate route.

3)‚ ‚  Stock your vehicle with basic winter weather emergency survival items such as a cell phone and charger cord, flashlight, ice scraper, sand or cat litter for traction, blankets, water and snacks, first aid kit, and jumper cables.

4)‚ ‚  Leave an hour early so you are not rushed.

5)‚ ‚  Make frequent rest stops to avoid fatigue.

6)‚ ‚  Tell someone you trust when you plan on leaving, where you are going, and when you expect to arrive.

7)‚ ‚  Never drive under the influence or drowsy, and avoid distractions.

The Kingsport Police Department would like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving, a Safe and Merry Christmas, and a Crime-Free New Year!