How to have a safe and happy holiday

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Tips for a worry-free Turkey Day

By Special to the Monitor

The National Crime Prevention Council, the organization best known for its icon, McGruff the Crime Dog, says Thanksgiving Day starts the holiday season where we need to remember to protect ourselves, family and home when  traveling or staying close to home with our loved ones.  

NCPC suggests following these safety tips to avoid problems during your travels or while at home enjoying a feast with family and friends.

In planning safe travels:

• Make sure your house appears “lived-in” when you are away.  Lock all doors and windows, set household lights (inside and out) on timers.

• Trim your hedges and bushes so thieves cannot have a place to hide out.

• Have a neighbor park a car in your driveway to make it appear as if someone is home, and pick up your mail and newspapers while you are away.  

• Invest in an alarm.  An alarm system controls access points to your home and lets you know if someone has invaded your space.

• File a “travel plan.” Let someone know where you are going, the route you plan to take and when you plan to arrive. If you deviate from that plan, let someone know.

When on the road traveling

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