Thanksgiving and the upcoming Christmas kick off the winter holiday season. Unfortunately, they also kick off the most dangerous times for victims of home break-ins/burglaries, shoplifting, car thefts, etc.
Don’t let your winter holidays be ruined by becoming the victim of a crime or a danger! It’s a big big big MUST for you to take the below winter holiday safety tips to prevent all possible winter holiday crimes and dangers.
Editor’s Note: All the winter holiday safety tips are also useful for fall/autumn/summer vacations.
For in-store shopping:
Christmas is coming soon! You are definitely busy buying gifts for your family and friends in shopping malls. Thieves know this tradition and they will target you. By taking some winter holiday shopping safety tips, you can hold back those awful thieves.
1. Stay alert and be aware of the surroundings. Thieves might follow you and then seek a good chance to steal your valuables.
2. Avoid carrying large amounts of cash. Using your credit card or debit card is safer and more convenient.
3. If possible, go shopping with your family or friends. Thieves tend to target women who go shopping alone.
4. Place all of your gifts and packages in your car or somewhere out of sight. Thieves will break into your car with the temptation of your gifts plain in sight.
If your valuables are stolen by thieves, you can report it to the shopping mall manager to ask for the security camera video footage to track the thieves. Thus you can get your valuables back at higher chances.
Bump: If you are a retailer or a shop owner, you need to take action to prevent shoplifting since holiday season, especially Christmas, is the peak time of shoplifting. You are NOT gonna miss the top 10 ways to prevent shoplifting.
For online shopping:
Over 9 million Americans have their identity stolen each year, and people reported fraud losses totaling more than $1.2 billion. For not becoming the victim of online fraud and identity theft during holiday, you should never miss the online shopping safety tips.
1. Shop on secure websites. Only shop on websites that have “https” URL. The “s” in URL means this website is secure and your data is encrypted properly.
2. Create strong passwords. Weak passwords only make it simple for hackers to break into your accounts. It is always advised to change your passwords regularly in order to keep your private information safe.
3. Don’t make transactions within public WiFi network. You cannot ensure the security of public WiFi network. Some may be infected with spyware that records each keystroke entered.
4. Choose credit cards over debit cards when making payment online. Your debit cards are linked to your personal account directly. Credit cards are not linked directly to your bank account, so any fraud will not drain your funds. Also, credit cards typically have a larger window (90 days as opposed to 30 days) to report fraud.
Winter holiday season, including the upcoming Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Las Posadas, Eid-al-Adha, Diwali, etc., is really a peak time for criminal activity. Luckily, you will keep yourself safe and sound in this winter holiday season with the effective safety tips below.
GET to know the top common crimes and dangers, and learn best safety tips for these crimes/dangers for safe winter holidays/vacations (in December, January and February).
- For Home Invasion
- For Package Theft
- For Rape and Sexual Assault
- For Domestic Violence
- For Driving Accidents
- For Fire
Burglaries and home break-ins often heat up during winter (especially around Christmas time) for many reasons. Making your home hard to be kicked in is the best way to prevent those intruders/invaders.
Our professionals have dug up deeply to find useful solutions for people to secure their homes. Here are detailed posts that can help you make all of your home accesses almost unbreakable.
While installing security camera systems is one of the best and easiest ways to deter burglars and thieves, there are other useful winter (Christmas) holiday home/house safety tips for you and your parents/kids/children to try.
- Top 4 Safety Tips to Make Your Home Safe from Break-Ins
- 10 All-Round Ways to Secure Your Front Door
- 8 Effective Ways to Make Your Home Back Door Safe
- 7 Easy Ways to Keep Your Windows Secure
- Top 6 Fast & Easy Ways to Protect Your Garage
- 4 Best Ways to Secure Your Home Basement
Note: If you will go traveling during winter holidays (including Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Las Posadas, Eid-al-Adha, Diwali, etc.), you can learn some winter holiday travel safety tips to keep your home secure in this post: 11 Ways to Protect Your Home While on Vacation.
Now you are busying ordering gifts online for the upcoming Christmas. Package “pirates” are also wandering around your house to take away your Christmas packages/gifts.
Top rated tips:
- Have your packages delivered to your office or your neighbors if you are not at home that day.
- See if the post office or store the product is being shipped from can hold the package for pick up.
- Install security camera systems for your porch or any places where the postmen will leave your packages. You can check when the postmen will delivery your packages. Besides, you can see who took away your packages if they are lost.
Here is a detailed guide to avoid your package being stolen in holidays/vacations. Get more ways to keep your Christmas gifts and packages from package theft. If your package is stolen (hope it would not happen), you can get it back with the ways at higher chance in this guide: Top 4 Ways to Get Your Packages Back.
Rape and sexual assault have increased around Christmas time. This is most likely due to the increase of parties and alcohol consumption during this time of year. When you are enjoying big parties on Xmas or winter holidays, there are some winter holiday safety tips you (everyone) should know.
Tip 1. Don’t go to parties alone. Go to Christmas parties with your friends or family. Having a partner to take care of you is always a good idea when joining parties.
Tip 2. Know your limit. Women who engage in heavy drinking have greater risk of becoming a victim of rape or sexual assault. Don’t drink too much at parties.
Tip 3. Mind your drinks. Don’t accept any strangers’ drinks at parties. Never leave your drink unattended. Someone with harmful intention could slip something into your drink in the blink of an eye.
“Every Christmas is not Merry”.
Domestic violence shelters see spike during holidays. While holidays can be a happy time of a year, they can be also stressful. Alcohol and drugs only add to the problem and put more people in danger.
If you are suffering domestic violence during your winter holidays now, take urgent measures NOW!
- Run away at once.
- Find a secret shelter.
- Call the police or hotline for help.
These simple ways are for urgency. For getting rid of domestic violence totally, you need to get detailed ways in this useful domestic violence safety plan. One more golden rule: silence can only make the problem worse. No silence, No domestic violence.
During the Christmas and New Year period, the average number of fatalities involving an alcohol-impaired driver rises 34%. For not being involved in a driving accidents, you should bear the below Christmas or winter driving safety tips in mind.
Tip 1. Never drink and drive. Drunk driving is illegal. You put your life and other people’s life in great risk with drunk driving.
Tip 2. Drive carefully in bad weather. In winter, the snow and smooth roads would undoubtedly increase the dangers of driving. If possible, avoid driving during heavy snow, ice or rain in winter season. Nothing is more important than your personal safety!
Tip 3. Don’t text or call whiling driving. Driving carelessly is one of the most common causes of accidents. When driving, make sure you are aware, and never text or call while driving! One lapse like that is all it takes to open yourself up a car accident.
The winter months, especially Christmas time, can be more fire hazardous. Winter holiday safety statistics show that electrical distribution or lighting equipment was involved in 35% of home Christmas tree fires. On average, one of every 34 reported home fires that began with a Christmas tree resulted in a death. Good news is that all of the fire hazards can be avoided with some simple ways (some ways below are from NFPA winter holiday safety tips).
Tip 1. Learn some Christmas tree/light/electrical safety tips to prevent Christmas tree fire.
- Make sure your Christmas tree is at least 3 feet away from any heating resources, including candles, fireplaces, etc.
- When lighting the tree, replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections.
- Never use candles to decorate your tree.
- Remember to turn off all Christmas lights before leaving home.
Tip 2. Don’t make the electrical circuits overloaded. Don’t plug too many items into an electric socket. Avoid stringing together more than 3 strands of lights.
Tip 3. Keep an eye on all of your cookers and keep decor away from cooking areas to avoid fire hazards.
Plus one winter Christmas holiday safety tip at work: if you are using heating equipment in your office, don’t put them too close to anything that might burn.
Winter holiday safety topics are always discussed heatedly. When you are searching for winter holiday safety briefing/brochure in US, UK, Australia, NZ, Japan, etc., don’t miss the winter holiday safety tips above!
Nothing is more important than the safety of you, your family and your friends during the winter holidays. Please pass the winter holiday safety information above to your family and friends.
Wish all of you a safe and merry winter holiday!