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News Release
Gresham Police Share Holiday Safety Tips To Keep The Community Safe - 11/23/22

GRESHAM, Ore. – The holiday season is a special time of year, full of festivities and time with friends and family. But with the decreased daylight and inherent busyness, also comes the prospect of being vulnerable to theft and other crimes. 

“It’s easy to get distracted as we rush around this time of year,” says Gresham Police Chief Travis Gullberg. “By keeping in mind some simple safety tips, we hope to help our community avoid some of the most common crimes we see around the holidays.”

The Gresham Police Department wants everyone to enjoy a safe and peaceful holiday season. With that in mind, here are some safety tips to keep you and your loved ones merry and bright: 

Car break-in and theft prevention:

  • Never leave your unattended car running.
  • Do not leave valuables where they can be seen; lock them in the trunk or take them with you. (Including: purses, shopping bags, electronic devices, and firearms).
  • Close and lock the windows and doors.
  • Park in a well-lit area.
  • Use an anti-theft device if possible.

Package theft prevention: 

  • Request signature delivery.
  • Deliver packages to a lockbox, office, or trusted neighbor.
  • Consider installing a camera and flood light on your front porch.

Shopping safety:

  • Shop during the daylight hours when possible.
  • Dress casually and comfortably, not drawing unwanted attention to yourself.
  • Use a credit card if possible.
  • If you must use cash, keep it in your front pocket and do not carry large amounts.

Going out of town safety:

  • Do not announce your trip on social media; post pictures after you return.
  • Make sure all your doors and windows are closed and locked.
  • Use a “mail hold” or ask a trusted neighbor to collect your mail and package delivery.
  • Set indoor and outdoor lights on an automatic timer.

Above all, the Gresham Police Department is encouraging the community to be prepared and stay alert. If a crime does occur, please report it by calling 503-823-3333 or visiting GreshamOregon.gov/Police-Department

About Gresham:

Gresham is a welcoming community of hard-working people where tradition meets opportunity in Oregon's fourth largest city. Gresham’s residents care deeply about our roots and are committed to building a vibrant future. Today, Gresham is a dynamic, innovative, and rapidly growing city with a desire to thrive. To learn more, visit www.GreshamOregon.gov or visit us on Twitter at @CityofGresham.

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