Sheriff: Tips on keeping safe during the holidays

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FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — With the holidays just around the corner the Forsyth County Sheriffs Office would like to take a minute to wish everyone a happy and safe holiday season.

We recommend following a few simple precautions to help reduce the possibility of becoming a victim of crime this holiday season.

Please keep you vehicle(s) locked at all times, and remove any electronics or items of value from plain view.

Most entering auto incidents the Sheriff’s Office responds to are not cars that have actually been “broken” into; the thief simply opens an unlocked door and removes any items within the vehicle.

Please keep your garage doors down even during daylight hours. An open garage is simply an invitation for a thief to steal items within your garage.

Please keep your house doors locked especially if you leave for any amount of time. Please keep your exterior lighting on at night.

When shopping, please be aware of your surroundings. Do not display large amounts of cash or credit cards. If possible please carry a small wallet with your cash and credit cards in your front pants pocket. If you must carry a purse, please carry one as small as possible. If you leave your purse in your buggy while shopping, make sure it is secured and attached to yourself or the buggy.

Be very observant of any suspicious or criminal activity in and or around your subdivision. If you see any suspicious activity, please call 911 immediately.

Ted Paxton, Forsyth County Sheriff