Holiday tips from the Maple Valley Police Department

Holiday tips from the Maple Valley Police Department


Shopping in Stores

  • Do not buy more items than you can carry.
  • Do not carry an excessive amount of cash. If carrying a large sum of cash do not flash it around for everyone to see.
  • Carry your purse/wallet  close to your body to avoid purse snatching or pick pockets.Have your keys in hand when approaching your vehicle.
  • Do not leave packages visible in your vehicle.Lock them in the trunk and if possible, take them directly home.
  • If you are shopping with children, make a plan in case you are separated from each other.

Shopping Online

  • Before surfing the Internet, secure your personal  computers by updating security software.Keep your personal information private and your passwords secure.
  • Do not respond to requests to “verify” your password or credit card information unless you initiate the contact.Only shop with companies you know and trust. Use secure websites for purchases.
  • Look for the icon of a locked padlock at the bottom of the screen or “https” in the URL address. Track your package deliveries and make sure they are removed from the porch soon after delivery to avoid theft.


Vacation Tips

Before you leave for vacation:

  • Arrange with a neighbor to pick up and hold your mail and newspapers so they don’t pile up.
  • Deposit extra cash in your bank account.
  • Make sure any broken windows, door locks or window locks are repaired.
  • Arrange with a neighbor or relative to watch your house while you are away. Let them know how you can be reached in case of an emergency.  Write their telephone number down so you can check in with them during your trip.
  • Move all ladders, tools, garbage cans and yard furniture to your garage or storage shed.
  • Turn down the volume control on your telephone and answering machine so it cannot be heard from outside.
  • Close and lock all windows and sliding doors.  Secure sliding doors by placing a piece of wood in the runner, preventing the door from opening.
  • Put window shades in normal daytime position and make sure all main floor drapes, shades and curtains are arranged so that neighbors and police can see into your house.
  • If you are leaving a car or other vehicle in your driveway, make sure it is locked and all items of value are removed.
  • Set an electric timer to turn lights on and off.
  • Lock all interior & exterior doors to the garage.


Vacation Watch

The Maple Valley Police Department provides a drive by service for residents who are away from home for an extended period of time. If you are going on a lengthy vacation contact the Police Department and we will drive by your home during your absence and contact you if a problem arises.

  • Visit the City of Maple Valley website for instructions on requesting a vacation watch, or e-mail


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