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St. Landry Crime Stoppers sharing holiday safety tips

Posted at 5:49 PM, Dec 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-26 18:49:48-05

Holiday fire damage and home invasions are on the rise. Crime Stoppers, law enforcement agencies, and fire departments urge the public to follow these tips to help stay safe.

  • In case there is a fire inside your home, do not place your tree or a holiday display blocking your families escape.
  • Use a strong tree stand; secure it so small children cannot pull it down on top of them.
  • Place your Christmas tree in water or wet sand to keep it green and check for any damaged or frayed wires that could short out and cause a fire.
  • Be careful of what can be seen through your windows, holiday gifts should not be visible to anyone passing in front of your home.
  • Break apart large Christmas gift boxes such as flat screen TV’s and electronics before you bring them to the road. A criminal can easily pass by your street and see any new items inside your home.
  • When leaving your home during the holidays or on vacation, have a trusted neighbor or family member watch your home.

Remember to download the P3 app and tap the app on your mobile device to submit anonymous tips.