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Holiday safety tips from police

Updated: January 4, 2014 6:08AM

BARTLETT — With the holiday season here, the Bartlett Police Department is offering residents some safety suggestions to deter thefts and other crime:

Remove all electronic devices and other valuables from your vehicle, lock your doors, and close your garage door before going to bed.

Participate in the free vacation watch service if you are going out of town for the holidays.

Avoid announcing your vacation plans or posting vacation pictures on social networking sites such as Twitter or Facebook until after you return home.

Ask a friend or a neighbor to park their vehicle in your driveway or have them create footprints or tire tracks if it snows while you are out of town.

Refrain from leaving wrapped or unwrapped holiday gifts in plain sight of your residence.

Consider canceling your mail or newspaper delivery if you plan to travel during the holiday season, or ask a neighbor pick them up for you.

Break down large cardboard boxes of expensive gifts and electronic devices before you put the boxes out at the curb for disposal.

Make arrangements for a friend or a neighbor to pick up your packages if you are expecting a delivery when you are not home.

Choose a shipping option that requires a signature upon delivery and tracking numbers.

Use timers to activate lights, radios and televisions inside your residence to give the illusion that someone is home when you are out of town.

Immediately call 911 if you see any suspicious activity in your neighborhood.

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