Personal Security XI Holiday Home Safety

December 11, 2001


Los Angeles: The holiday season is always a special time of year. It is also a time when Angelenos travel and often do not pay enough attention to home security while they are away. The Los Angeles Police Department wants everyone to have a secure and happy season by taking a minute to read and apply the following Holiday Crime Prevention measures.

Use timing devices to turn on inside lights and radios to give the appearance that your home is occupied. Setting timers to go on and off at different hours in different rooms is also a good idea.

If no one will be at home for more than a few days, arrange to have a relative, trusted friend or neighbor pick up your mail.


Have your door key in your hand when approaching your entryway.

At night, keep car headlights on and car doors locked until you have checked your garage or parking area. Look around before you get out of your car.

If you are being driven home, ask the driver to wait until you are safely inside.

Arrange for a relative, neighbor or friend to be there when you arrive home.

Never go into your home if anything seems unusual, such as an open door or broken window. Leave immediately to a place where you can call the police. Do not go into your home until the police advise it is safe.

Commander Sharon Papa, Department spokesperson, states, "This information is meant to contribute to the safety and security of people during the holidays. We can never be too careful, prepared, or aware." For additional information or to obtain a copy of crime prevention circulars, contact the Community Liaison/Crime Prevention Unit, at 213-485-3134, or visit our "Crime Prevention Tips"
This media advisory was prepared by Public Information Officer Guillermo Campos, Media Relations Section, 213-485-3586.