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Keeping Your Family and Home Safe During the Holiday Season

The holiday season is a time for celebration and joy, but it's important not to forget about security amidst the hustle and bustle. Just as we use Operational Security (OPSEC) at D3 Technologies to protect sensitive information, we can apply the same principles to safeguard our families and homes during this festive time. 

By being aware and taking a few precautionary measures, you can ensure a safe and enjoyable holiday season for you and your loved ones.

Delivered packages in Christmas holiday wrapping

Protecting Personal Information

When shopping for gifts or making financial transactions, it's crucial to take precautions to protect your money and purchases.

  • ATM & Bank Transactions: Be mindful of "shoulder surfers" or individuals trying to capture your information with cell phone cameras while you use an ATM or make a credit card payment. Always be sure to safely store or destroy receipts after your transaction.

  • Making Cash Purchases: If you're carrying a significant amount of cash, keep a portion separate from your wallet to minimize loss in the event of pickpocketing or wallet misplacement.

  • Storing Purchases in Your Car: If you take a shopping break to bring purchases to your car, make sure to place them in your trunk and out of sight. You can even relocate your car to another part of the parking in case anyone is watching you.

Avoiding Burglary

Burglars often scout for easy targets during the holiday season, so you must minimize the risk whenever you can.

  • Hide the Trash: Leaving boxes from high-value items like large toys or electronics on the curb for trash collection can advertise the valuable items inside your home. Break down the boxes, put them in a bag, or discard them just before trash collection time.

  • Maintain a Lived-In Look: Whether you’re traveling for a week or just out for a few hours, you want to give the impression your home is occupied. You can use timers for the lights, TV, and/or radio to give the appearance of activity.

  • Arrange for Deliveries: If you’ll be gone for more than a day, you can request a hold with the US Post Office or ask a trusted neighbor to collect your mail and holiday packages. This prevents anything from piling up outside your door and signaling your absence.

Remaining Vigilant

To maintain a safe environment, it's essential to be alert, exercise caution, and report any suspicious activities:

  • Avoid Sharing Travel Plans: Be cautious about sharing detailed information about your family's travel plans with individuals who don't necessarily need to know. Sharing such information can make your home vulnerable to burglary.

  • Verify identities: When individuals claiming to be public works crews or personnel request access to your residence, always verify their identity before allowing entry. You can call the entity directly to make sure the work is legitimate and the workers are who they say they are.

  • Observe and Record: Be on the lookout for suspicious activity and vehicles in your neighborhood. If you notice anything, write down a description of the people, cars, license plate numbers, and what you witnessed. This information could be valuable if an incident were to occur.

By following these simple yet effective tips, you can keep your family and home safe and secure this holiday season. 

Remember to stay alert, be cautious about sharing sensitive information, and take preventative measures such as concealing purchases and making sure your home maintains a lived-in appearance. 

Let's make this holiday season not only joyous but also safe for everyone.

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