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Safety Watch Q & A: Keeping Christmas Celebrations Safe

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Christmas is now less than two days away. And of course you want to make sure everything stays safe between now and then.

We're talking about ways to keep your home and presents safe this holiday season in tonight's Safety Watch Q & A.

Captain Duane Meyer is with the Washoe County Sheriff's Office patrol division.  He has some tips on how best to display your presents, what not to throw away and how to make sure your holidays are safe.

To speak with him, dial 858-2222. Lines are open from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The men and women of the Washoe County Sheriff's Office want to do all they can to ensure that our holidays are joyful and not ruined by crime. Joining us for tonight's Safety Watch is Captain Duane Meyer from the Sheriff's Office Patrol Division with a few things for you to consider that will help keep your holiday merry and safe. Here are some tips:

    Be extra cautious about locking windows, sliders, and doors when leaving for any length of time. We suggest keeping all entrance points into your house secured while you're at home as well.

    Set indoor and outdoor lights on timers and think about doing the same with a television or radio to make it appear as if someone is home.

    Never keep gifts or valuable objects in plain view from any window. Close blinds, shutters, drapes, and curtains because if a burglar can see those items they may attempt to take them from you.

    If a person knocks at your door and you don't recognize them, don't feel obligated to open your door. Teach your children that by no means will they open the door to anyone prior to your knowledge and authorization.

    Keep your Personal Identification Number (PIN) secret. Never write it down and hide in your wallet.

    Keep a record of all your credit card numbers and company contact information at home in a secure place in case they are stolen, lost or the cards need to be cancelled due to fraudulent activity.
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