Holiday Safety Tips from the Gaithersburg Police Department

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Holiday Safety Tips


All of us know that we need to take extra care for our personal safety during the holidays. We just received this email from the Gaithersburg Police Department and I want to share it with you. This is a very good topic for family discussions.

Also, be alert in your office. Thieves try to gain access to offices where they can snatch purses or other valuables from offices that are not occupied. Don’t leave that purse sitting on or beside your desk when you are going for coffee or an office meeting.

Be safe and have a Happy Thanksgiving!


Gaithersburg Police Offer Tips for a Safe Holiday Season

Gaithersburg, MD (November 25, 2013). The Gaithersburg Police Department would like to remind citizens to be safe during the holiday season with some of these safety tips:

If you are traveling:

-          Get an automatic timer for your lights.

-          Ask a neighbor to watch your home and park in the driveway from time to time, if possible. 

-          Don’t forget to have mail and newspaper deliveries stopped. 

If you are out for the evening:

-          Turn on lights and a radio or TV to give the appearance of someone being home. 

-          Be sure to lock doors and windows, even if you’ll only be gone for a few minutes.

-          Do not display gifts where they can be seen from the outside. 

If you are shopping:

-          Stay alert and aware of your surroundings. 

-          Park in well-lighted areas.

-          Be sure to lock your car and hide shopping bags and gifts in the trunk.

-          Avoid carrying large amounts of cash. Pay with a check or credit/debit card when possible.

-          Deter pickpockets and purse-snatchers. Don't overburden yourself with packages. Be extra careful with purses and wallets. Carry a purse close to your body, not dangling by the straps. Put a wallet in an inside coat or front pants pocket.

In an effort to be proactive during this holiday season, the police department will be deploying its theft from auto “Bait Car” in various shopping centers.  The “Bait Car” is a vehicle operated by the police which contains valuable items to draw attention to it.  In some cases, the vehicle may be left unlocked.  The “Bait Car” is equipped to immediately notify officers when a theft or attempted theft from the vehicle is made, and the criminal activity of the suspect(s) is video recorded. 


For more information please contact the Gaithersburg Police Department at 301-258-6400 or visit


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Rob Thomas
Prestige Homes of The Tri Cities, Inc. CALL....423-341-6954 - Bristol, TN
Bristol TN-VA & Tri Cities Agent, ABR, GRI, e-Pro

Roy ....These tips come in so handy this time of year ....Thanks and have a great night in MD!

Nov 25, 2013 05:36 AM #1
Robert Bob Gilbert
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties - Katy, TX
Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert

Hi Roy, 

Good list of safety tips and I really like the bait car trap the police use. Have a safe holiday yourself. 

Nov 25, 2013 06:04 AM #2
Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert
Sitterle Homes - Richmond, TX
Sitterle Homes


 Good advice for all to follow for this Holiday Season! I hope all is well with you and yours!

Nov 25, 2013 06:45 AM #3
Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

Roy, these are excellent safety tips for any time of the year but particularly around the holidays and the darker time of the year.

Nov 25, 2013 06:47 AM #4
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
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Thank you very much for your comments. It is always good to hear from you.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!


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Nov 25, 2013 07:37 AM #5
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


These are great tips, and Ron and I usually do our shopping online, because we have to send things.  For ourselves, we always plan a trip...easy is our middle name on times like this. A

Nov 25, 2013 08:13 AM #6
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Roy,  thanks  for the reminder to be vigilant when out for the evening or out of town.  Thanks for the kudos and re-blog.

Happy Thanksgiving.

Nov 25, 2013 08:44 AM #7
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Lots of great advice Roy. Most of these tips are important no matter what time of the year, but especially now.

Nov 25, 2013 04:37 PM #8
David Burrows
Classic Realty - Fairfax, VA
No Pressure, Just Seriously Devoted to Real Estate

Roy, these are excellent Safety Tips that can be used year around. Thanks for a very timely post.

Nov 26, 2013 05:31 AM #9
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
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Thank you very much for your comments. It is always good to receive your feedback.


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Nov 26, 2013 08:20 AM #10
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

The older I get, the more vulneralbe I feel. I guess the crooks are getting smarter and smarter and there are more and more of them.

Nov 26, 2013 10:39 AM #11
Bette Gottwald
UNITED REAL ESTATE | Central PA - Mechanicsburg, PA
"Bet"on Central PA Real Estate!

Roy, this wonderful advice from your local PD.  Thank you for the reminder -- I'm going to check with our township and send out safety tips to our community.  Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. Suggested

Nov 26, 2013 10:54 AM #12
Andrew Payne Realtor® Richmond VA Homes For Sale~804-938-5257~
Coach House Realty - Richmond, VA
Richmond, VA, Real Estate, SRES®, NAR Green



It's a great idea to have a blog post on holiday safety tips.  Having your local police department as the source of information help to give your tips even more validity.  Thanks for generating this post!

Nov 30, 2013 10:46 AM #13
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Roy, unfortunately, thieves are working overtime during the holidays, Thanks for the post. Suggested!

Nov 30, 2013 10:54 AM #14
Kathy Sheehan
Bay Equity, LLC 770-634-4021 - Atlanta, GA
Senior Loan Officer

Roy, these are great suggestions and just in time for the holiday season.

Nov 30, 2013 11:48 AM #15
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Wonderful list of safety tips.  Obviously, you spent a great deal of time researching this topic!

Nov 30, 2013 03:36 PM #16
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
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Thank you very much for your feedback. Enjoy the holiday season and always remember to put safety first.


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Nov 30, 2013 08:41 PM #17
Rosie Moore
Serving Sugar Land, Richmond, Rosenberg, Missouri City - Sugar Land, TX
This is timely advice for the holidays! This is a great post. I might do the same for my community!
Nov 30, 2013 11:03 PM #18
Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes

Roy, this is a list of important reminders.  I had not heard of "Bait Cars" prior to this post.  We have police in enclosed in cabs on lifts in parking lots, as well as increased officers on foot.

Nov 30, 2013 11:29 PM #19
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
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Good Friday morning to all. Have a great day and an outstanding weekend.

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