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Holiday Safety Tips

"Be vigilant." That's the recommendation from Davenport police to protect yourself and your property during the holidays.

Lt. Dennis Colclasure
Lt. Dennis Colclasure

Lieutenant Dennis Colclasure, Commander of the Criminal Investigation Division, says when you're shopping don't try to carry too many packages - that makes your vulnerable.

"While you're out shopping try not to be buried in your phone, texting, talking on the phone, things like that. Be constantly aware of what's around you which is one of the top ways to prevent crime happening to you - just being aware - because they look for easy targets."

To help discourage porch pirates, people who steal delivered packages, he recommends having a doorbell camera - you can see when a package arrives and pick it up before anyone sees it.

"We've done investigations that have shown they follow the drivers but for the most part from what I see they just see packages out in the open and that's easy grabs."

He also recommends not advertising that you're away from home on a trip, use timers to have lights come on and off in your home while you're away, and while shopping don't carry large amounts of cash.

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.