Be extra cautious about locking doors and windows when you leave your house, apartment, or car, even for a few minutes.
Don’t advertise your absence. Burglars look for occupancy cues (piled up mail and newspapers).
Turn on a radio or the television while you are away.
Use a timer to turn lights off and on and keep your drapes or blinds closed.
After Christmas day, don’t pile empty computer, DVD player and stereo boxes on the street.
Stay alert to your surroundings and park in well-lit areas.
Lock your packages in the trunk of your car.
Avoid carrying large amounts of cash.
In the event of an emergency, call 911.
And remember, don’t drink and drive.
And, as an additional precaution, Chief Andy Lopez Jr., suggests that you contact the Refugio Police Department at (361) 526-4533 and request to be placed on a Vacation Watch Guard list. A police officer will conduct a regular visual inspection of the premises to deter or detect any irregularities.
“On behalf of the Refugio Police Department, we would like to extend a joyous Merry Christmas and Happy New Year,” said Chief Andy Lopez.