The holiday season is here! To keep this special time of year safe for all citizens the Morristown Police Department would like to remind citizens of how to avoid being a victim during the holiday season.


  • Avoid driving alone or at night, when possible.
  • Keep all vehicle doors locked and windows closed while in or out of your vehicle.


  • Shop while it is daylight.
  • If shopping at night, park in a well-lighted area. Park as close to the building as possible.  Avoid parking next to vans, cars with dark tinted windows, or trucks with camper tops.
  • Do not leave the vehicle unoccupied while the motor is running and do not leave children unattended in a vehicle.
  • Leave packages and valuables in your trunk locked or hidden out of plain sight.
  • Before returning to your vehicle, locate your keys.
  • Avoid carrying a purse or wallet.  If carrying a purse, always keep a secure hold on your purse.  Never leave your purse unattended.
  • If there is a suspicious person near your vehicle or you feel unsafe, ask the store security to escort you to your vehicle.
  • Try to pay for purchases using a check or credit card.  If you must carry cash, keep it in your front pocket and do not carry large quantities.
  • If your credit card is stolen report it to the credit card company immediately.
  • Beware of any stranger approaching you.  This is the time of year when con-artists take advantage of those giving.


  • While shopping, leave children at home with a family member or a babysitter.
  • If you take your child shopping, teach your child to go to a store clerk for help if they get separated from you.  Make sure they know their full name, address, and telephone number.
  • Teach children to stay close to you at all times.
  • Do not allow children to go anywhere unaccompanied by you.

Automated Teller Machine (ATM):

  • Use ATMs during daylight hours. 
  • Use those located inside a facility or at a well-lighted facility.
  • Only withdrawal the cash you need.
  • Shield the keypad, from those around you, when entering your pin.
  • Do not throw your ATM receipt away at the ATM’s location.


  • Be aware of those soliciting for charities door-to-door.  Ask for their identification, and find out how the donations will be used.  If not satisfied with the answers received, do not donate.
  • Donate to recognizable charitable organizations.
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