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Oklahoma City Indian Clinic offers holiday safety shopping tips

Oklahoma City Indian Clinic offers holiday safety shopping tips

OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma City Indian Clinic (OKCIC), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit clinic providing health and wellness services to American Indians in central Oklahoma, wants to remind you to stay safe this holiday season, and keep an eye out for burglars, muggers and pickpockets.

Crooks love the holidays as much as everyone else, especially because it’s an opportune time for crime. The holiday season means stores, malls and city streets are teeming with unsuspecting shoppers. People rushing around, stressed out, looking for last-minute gifts and trying to get everything done. It’s enough to make a crook giddy with holiday joy.

Here are some tips on how to celebrate safely this holiday season:

 

  • Protect Your Vehicle
    • Keep your car locked and use anti-theft devices.
    • Always turn your car off.
    • Stash purchased items out of view or in the trunk (holiday gifts, spare change, sunglasses, CDs, cell phones, briefcases, etc.).

 

 

  • If You Are Shopping
    • Stay alert and be aware of what’s going on around you.
    • Park in a well-lit space.
    • Avoid carrying large amounts of cash. Pay with a check or credit card whenever possible.
    • Discourage pickpockets and purse-snatchers. Carry a purse close to your body, not dangling by the straps, and put a wallet in an inside coat or front pants pocket.
    • Shopping with kids? Teach them to go to a store clerk or security guard if you get separated.

 

  • Holiday Package Theft
    • Track deliveries online and confirm delivery has occurred.
    • Switch delivery location to work where it can be received by someone and not left on the porch.
    • See if the post office or store the product is being shipped from can hold the package for pick up.

 

  • If You Are Traveling
    • Get an automatic timer for your lights.
    • Ask a neighbor to watch your home, shovel snow and park in the driveway from time to time.
    • Don’t forget to have mail and newspaper delivery stopped. If it piles up, it is a sure sign you are gone.

 

 

  • If You Are Out for the Evening
    • Turn on lights and a radio or TV so it looks like someone’s home.
    • Be extra cautious about locking doors and windows when you leave, even if it’s just for a few minutes.
    • Don’t display gifts where they can be seen from outside.

 

Last but not least, don’t let holiday stress get the best of your holiday spirit. Make time to get together with family and friends. Enjoy the season!

About Oklahoma City Indian Clinic

Oklahoma City Indian Clinic was established in 1974 to provide excellent health care and wellness services to American Indians in central Oklahoma. The clinic staff cares for more than 18,000 patients from over 200 federally recognized tribes every year. American Indians can receive a range of services, including medical, dental, pediatrics, prenatal, pharmacy, optometry, physical fitness, nutrition, family programs and behavioral health services. For more information, please call (405) 948-4900 or visit www.okcic.com.