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We have heard from friends and fans alike who are delighted by our ‘Passion for Prevention’ and skin fitness focus. To underscore the importance of prevention, we hope you’ll indulge us a moment as we share a few prevention & safety tips as suggested by Community Action Officer, Detective Aaron Stevens, of Phoenix, AZ.

Some of you will likely think these common sense, though during the stress and distractions of the holidays it can be easy to overlook the obvious.

Here’s to you and yours during this wonderful holiday season!

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HOME SAFETY

  • Be extra cautious about locking doors and windows when you leave the house, even if you will only be gone for a minute.
  • Don’t put large displays of holiday gifts in view of your windows or doors.
  • When going on trips or out for evenings, use automatic timers to turn indoor lights on and off to make it appear you are home.
  • Immediately after the holidays, make a record of your new gifts (i.e. digital photographs to include serial #’s or simply write down the info) and add it to your valuables inventory.
  • Don’t advertise what you got for Christmas by putting the boxes out on trash day. Break the boxes down or take them to the dump yourself.

SHOPPING SAFETY

  • Lock packages in the trunk.
  • Don’t overload yourself with packages.
  • If you must shop in the evening, shop with a friend.
  • Park in well-lighted areas, as close as possible to store entrances. Be particularly aware of persons in the parking lot, especially near your car.
  • Lock your car and make sure the windows are closed.
  • Carry only the charge cards you will need. Don’t carry or flash large sums of cash.
  • Carry your purse next to your body with the purse flap against you. Men should carry their wallets in front or inside pockets.
  • Be aware of your surroundings and the people around you. Don’t allow your attention to become distracted from your purse or packages.
  • Teach children to ask a store clerk or security guard for help if they become separated in a store or shopping mall.
  • Don’t hesitate to notify store security if you see suspicious activity.
  • If you have to wait for a ride, wait in a busy, well-lighted place.
  • If you are a victim of a crime, report it to police immediately.

WHILE SHOPPING

  • Shop early and leave early to avoid evening darkness.
  • Park in highly visible area and check for lighting in case you leave after it gets dark.
  • Keep alert to your surroundings. Scan the area from time to time and notice who is near you. Avoid being so focused on shopping that you become oblivious to possible victimization.
  • Do not park next to a vehicle with dark tinted windows.  Waiting assailants can be obscured from view upon your return.
  • Before shopping, lock all valuables in the trunk prior to parking in the parking lot.
  • If you must return to your vehicle to store merchandise, remember, avoid simply opening your trunk, tossing in your items and walking back to the stores. Consider that someone may be watching for just this opportunity. Take a moment to get into your car, leave and re-park in a different area.
  • Leave the store with a group of people, not alone.
  • Walk briskly, confidently and directly through the parking lot.  Be cautious of people handing out fliers or asking questions in the parking area.
  • Watch for people who may be following you.  This can occur inside, as well as outside the store.  If you suspect that you are being followed, report it immediately to store or mall security.
  • Lock your vehicle at all times. Keep valuable out of sight. Set your vehicles alarm or use your anti-theft device. Think layers of security.

WHILE TRAVELING

  • Get an automatic timer for your lights.
  • Ask a neighbor to watch your home, collect mail and newspapers, park in the driveway, etc.
  • Have mail and newspaper delivery stopped.  If it piles up, it is a sure sign you are gone.  Because emergencies occur, this is not always possible.  Rely on friends and neighbors to help.

How Do You Previse?

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