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December 23, 2011 > Holiday Crime Prevention Tips

Holiday Crime Prevention Tips

Submitted By Officer Mark Doyle, Milpitas PD

The Milpitas Police Department would like to remind members and guests of our community to review the following tips to reduce the likelihood that you become a victim of crime as we prepare for and enter the holiday celebrations.


Do not leave gifts or other valuables in plain view inside the passenger compartment of your vehicle. Glass breaks easily. Gifts left unattended and in plain view are frequently stolen.

Secure valuables in the trunk or in covered cargo areas of your vehicle prior to your final parking maneuver. If you bring gifts back to your car and wish to continue shopping, move your car to another parking space. This way thieves won't see you hiding valuables in your car and walking away.

If possible, park in well-traveled and well-lit areas.

Activate your car alarm.


Use increased caution while driving, especially with fog, wet roadways, and around shopping centers.

Be sure to use a sober driver if celebrations include adult beverages.

Do not engage or challenge reckless drivers. Do not further provoke any acts of road rage, vandalism, or assault. The safety of you and your family is far more important than defending your pride against a total stranger. Call 9-1-1, report the reckless driver to police, and provide a description and license plate if possible.


Lock your doors.

Lock your windows.

Set your burglar alarm.

Communicate with a trusted neighbor when you will be away from home and look out for each other.

Milpitas residents may call MPD and sign up for a Vacation House Check during extended trips.

Immediately call 9-1-1 or 586-2400 if you see or hear anything suspicious.

If there is any possibility that a crime is in progress, you are witnessing suspicious behavior, or uncertain whether your incident is an emergency, you should call 9-1-1. Otherwise, any other concern should immediately be reported to on-duty personnel for proper response at (408) 586-2400. Information can also be given anonymously by calling (408) 586-2500 or via the Milpitas Police Department website at:

The members of Milpitas Police Department bid everyone peace and joy during this holiday season. We encourage you all to enjoy your time with friends, family and neighbors during this special time of year.

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