Posted on: November 17, 2017

Holiday Safety Tips from the Olympia Fields Police Department

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With the holiday season upon us, most people are preoccupied with the details of holiday planning and shopping. Unfortunately, the safety precautions we normally take can be forgotten as the excitement of the season causes us to let our guard down. The Olympia Fields Police Department wants this to be a safe holiday season for all, so we remind you to follow these simple tips while you enjoy the Village and the season!

You can prevent a holiday “Grinch” from ruining the season by keeping your gifts out of sight and promptly collecting any delivered items from your front door.  Be sure to lock your doors and windows! Christmas presents displayed around your tree can be a pretty sight, but can also be tempting to burglars. It's better to scatter the gifts around the house, in closets or cupboards, where they can't be so easily seen. Be sure to lock your vehicle as well and please do not leave valuables such as cell phones, wallets or purses, laptops, and other items in plain view!

If you are leaving town for the holidays, make sure your home appears occupied. Leave inside and outside lights on timers and have your neighbor pick up newspapers, mail, and take flyers off your door. Ask neighbors to park in your driveway. Put a timer on a talk radio station for several hours a day.

With identity theft and credit card fraud on the rise, during your holiday shopping (either on-line or in person) pay special attention to your financial statements and report any unauthorized transactions immediately. Did you know the chances of becoming a victim of identity theft is greater than the risk of being a victim of all other crimes combined?

The recent data breach involving Equifax will affect nearly 50% of the population! Residents are reminded to carefully monitor their financial statements and account activity on a weekly basis. 

Most major banks and credit card providers offer some level of protection against unauthorized activity.  Residents should consider requesting a free credit report from any of the three major credit reporting firms on a regular basis.  For additional security, residents may wish to consider a fee based credit monitoring service.  Older family members who are not internet / tech savvy are most at risk to be victimized. 

Our underlying purpose at the Olympia Fields Police Department is to serve our residents, recognizing that an organization exists to serve a higher purpose. As your Chief of Police I recognize that an effective organization serves every stakeholder, whether they are residents, community members, employees or elected officials. 

The Department is here to serve our residents to the very best of our collective abilities.  Don’t hesitate to contact us with a question, problem, concern or comment.  We continually strive to increase the level of service provided to our residents and your input is vital in helping us achieve that goal. 

Be sure to review the Village’s new website at www.olympia-fields.com .  The new website contains a wealth of information and is constantly being updated with new content. 

From our family at the Olympia Fields Police Department to yours, we wish you and yours all the best this holiday season.

And remember - “If You See It, If You Hear It, Report It!”

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