The holiday season is officially in full swing, which means many will be spending the weekend shopping or traveling.
Credit card scams and burglaries can be common during the holiday season.
The Troup County Sheriff’s Office offers residents several tips to protect their finances and their homes.
For those traveling for vacation, whether it’s just to the nearby town or somewhere a little more tropical, residents should consider the following tips:
4Make copies of all your credit cards, important identifying information, including your medical insurance cards. Take a copy with you (wrap it separately from the cards themselves) and leave a copy at home.
4 Take only a small amount of money with you and keep it in a safe place.
4 Never put your home address on your luggage tags. Instead, write your phone number.
4 Make sure all doors and windows in your home are secure and locked. If your home has an alarm system, arm it when you go on vacation.
4 Never post your travel plans on social media before or during your trip. Wait and save these photos for your return.
4 Hold your mail at the post office and newspaper delivery, or have a family member, trusted friend or neighbor pick up these items for you.
4 Set automatic timers to turn your indoor and outdoor lights on and off.
4 Call the sheriff’s office or the local police department to perform a residential security check on your home.
Whether you are traveling or just doing holiday shopping, you should always keep your valuables locked up and your physical safety in mind. Starting on Black Friday, whether you’re online, in a crowded store, or in a parking lot packing up your finds, TCSO recommends taking precautions to protect yourself, your family, and your financial information. Here are some of the tips shared by law enforcement:
4Park your car in well-lit areas and as close to your destination as possible.
4Always close all windows and lock the car doors. Keep all your valuables out of sight by locking them in the trunk, placing them under the seat, or placing them on the floor and covering them with a blanket.
4Never leave your wallet, wallet or checkbook in the car. Always keep them with you or secure them in a console.
4 If you are driving and get lost, pull over and check your GPS.
4Never leave your car unattended with the engine running for a long time.
4If you are sightseeing, ask at the hotel reception if there are any places to avoid.
4Take only the money you need for the day with you. Leave the rest and all other valuables locked in the hotel or motel safe.
4Never display large sums of money when making a purchase. The money you keep with you should be in small denominations.