Stay Safe This Season

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  • Keep the minimum stopping distance from the car ahead.
  • Keep off your phone; even a handsfree call can be distracting.
  • Stay on well lit, populated roads despite traffic, particularly at night.
  • If you are alone, take photos of the accident from inside the car and if you feel unsafe – agree to meet at the police station to exchange details.
  • If you suspect the brake lights were not working, ask the police to ask the other driver to demonstrate that his brakes were working. Note if the vehicle was inspected.
  • If someone is lying on the road, stay in the car with your hazard lights on and call the police and ambulance.

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  • Keep valuables and gifts out of sight in the trunk, and do not to leave them in the vehicle for long periods of time.
  • Don’t leave your car running and unattended even for short periods.
  • Prominently display any anti-theft protection stickers.
  • Ensure your doors are locked (and windows on child‐lock) once everyone is inside.
  • Discourage car side vendors.
  • Install a GPS tracker.
  • Stay inside if your alarm sounds.

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  • Type the store’s URL directly in your browser rather than browse online retailers through a search engine where you may encounter malicious links.
  • Use a different password for each site you must sign in for and don’t let the browser store passwords for you.
  • Always look for the https prefix in the URL and the padlock icon in the browser’s status bar. (If you shop at an online retailer that uses SSL encryption, make sure the address bar turns green as a signal that the page is secure.)
  • Monitor your PayPal account and keep track of your purchases.
  • Be cautious with e‐mails claiming to be shipping confirmation or package alerts that force you to open a file attachment. Delete any message that claims to provide tracking information but doesn’t include a tracking number.

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  • If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.
  • If making a purchase online or through classified ads, arrange to meet at a neutral, public location and do not go alone.
  • Do some research online to get to know the current scams.
  • Charity begins with caution. Ask for legitimate identification – only donate to registered charities.
  • Do not feel pressure to make an immediate donation; ask how you can donate later.

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  • Don’t advertise your trip on social media.
  • Make sure your home looks lived in: Put lights, radios and TVs on variable timers.
  • Have a trusted neighbour/friend/family member check on your home and collect your mail.
  • If you’re leaving a vehicle outside your house, have someone move its position periodically, to make it appear as if it is being used.
  • Turn off the telephone ringer so no one knows your home is empty (and don’t leave outgoing phone or e‐mail messages saying you are away).