The Hamilton Police Service wants to ensure that you and your loved ones stay safe throughout the holiday season.

Here are some useful safety tips on how to stay safe


  • Lock your packages and gifts in your vehicle’s trunk. Keep you vehicle’s doors locked and windows closed.
  • Avoid carrying large amounts of cash. Pay for purchases with a check, credit card, or debit card when possible.
  • To discourage purse-snatchers, don’t overburden yourself with packages.
  • Be extra careful with purses and wallets. Carry a purse under your arm. Keep a wallet in an inside jacket pocket, not a back trouser pocket.
  • Teach children to go to a store clerk or security guard and ask for help if you become separated. They should never go into a parking lot alone.
  • Be extra cautious about locking doors and windows when you leave your house or apartment, even for a few minutes. 
  • Don’t display holiday gifts where they can be seen from a window or doorway. Store gifts before you go away on a holiday trip.
  • If you go out for the evening, turn on lights and a radio or television so the house or apartment appears to be occupied.
  • If you take a holiday trip away from your home, have some interior lights activated by an automatic timer. Have a neighbour or family member watch your house, shovel new snow, pick up the mail and newspaper and park his or her motor vehicle in your driveway from time to time.
  • Be wary of strangers soliciting for charitable donations. They may attempt to take advantage of people’s generosity during the holidays. Ask for identification, how donated funds are used, if contributions are tax deductible, etc. If you aren’t satisfied with the answers, don’t give.
  • Test your smoke detectors.
  • If you have house guests, advise them of your security precautions and make sure they follow them.

Holiday Safety

  • Ensure that you pick a tree with fresh, green needles that do not fall off easily.
  • Before placing the tree in the stand, cut 1-2” from the base of the trunk.
  • Ensure that the tree is at least 3 feet away from any heat source
  • Ensure that the tree is not blocking an exit.
  • When lighting the tree, ensure that you use appropriate indoor lights with no worn or broken cords/loose bulb connections.
  • Always make sure that the tree lights are turned off before leaving the house or going to bed.
  • Ensure that you water the tree daily and dispose of it away from the home when it begins to drop. Dried out trees are a fire hazard.


The Hamilton Police Service wants to remind residents to play it safe and DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE!



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