Holiday tips for your safety

The Cayman Crime Stoppers
organisation advises that there are a few simple tips to help residents have a
safe holiday season.

With the number of burglaries on
the rise, homes with windows left open could become easy targets for break-ins
and thefts, Make sure you close and lock them when you leave. 

Make your home a less desirable
target by installing motion detector lights around your home.

If possible, install an alarm
system for added security. Also, set your lights and televisions to come on
randomly by plugging them into timers to create the appearance that someone is

Keep an up-to-date inventory of
your valuables by using a digital camera to record the make, model and serial
number of all of your belongings. Create a detailed list that can be used for
insurance purposes and store this in a safe place. Marking your valuables may
also help your property be returned to you if the items are recovered by the

When out doing your holiday
shopping, always make sure to lock your vehicle. Place packages and electronic
devices out of sight by securing them in the trunk or under a seat. If you are
shopping at night, park in areas with adequate lighting and always have your
key ready in your hand as you approach your vehicle.

Keep your cash, credit cards, and
driver’s license secure by placing them in your pockets. If you must take a
purse, secure it by tucking it securely and safely under your arm rather than
leaving it freely dangling off your shoulder or in a shopping cart. Take out
all nonessential items and leave them at home.

Avoid carrying large amounts of
cash. Make purchases using a debit or credit card, if possible. Keep a record
of all your credit card numbers in a safe place at home and report lost, stolen
or misused credit cards immediately.

The most common items stolen
include laptops and other computer equipment, mobile phones, jewellery, CD
players, iPods, iPads, and gaming electronics. Police have said robbers are
looking for items they can turn a profit on by quickly selling them.

If someone offers to sell you
something at a very low price, Crime Stoppers advises considering where that
item may have come from. It is a crime in Cayman to knowingly receive stolen

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