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Safety First for a Happy Memorial Day, Summer Vacations

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May 24, 2013 — With Memorial Day weekend kicking off the summer fun and vacation season, the Salt Lake City Police Department encourages the public to take preventive safety measures to ensure a happy holiday and summer experience.

A variety of safety brochures are available on the department’s website, www.slcpd.com, excerpts from which are listed below:

Vacation Safety:

  • Stop home delivery at the post office (online hold service) or arrange daily pickup by a friend.
  • Don’t pick up hitchhikers.
  • Avoid carrying large sums of cash.

Bicycle Safety:

  • Plan your route and make sure someone knows where you will be going and when you expect to be back.
  • Carry identification with you and always wear a helmet.
  • Understand the laws and rules of the road.

Car Burglary Prevention:

  • Hide valuables.
  • Keep your car visible.
  • Lock doors and roll up windows when parking.

Just for Kids (includes Kid Safety Oath):

  • Never accept rides, candy or gifts from strangers.
  • If lost, ask a store clerk, security guard or police officer for help.
  • Always lock household doors and windows, even when home. Never let a stranger inside.

Take 25 (a parents’ guide to talking with kids about safety):

  • Teach children their full names, address, and home telephone number. Make sure they know parents’ full names.
  • Take children on a walking tour of their neighborhood and point out approved houses.
  • During family outings, establish a central, easy-to-locate spot to meet for check-ins or should you get separated

SLCPD Safety Brochures available in Spanish are posted at: slcpd.com/community/information-brochures/folletos/

Contact: Reporters seeking comment should contact the Public Information Officer at 801.799.NEWS (6397). Note: The Public Relations Unit will be closed Monday in observance of the Memorial Day holiday. Regular operating hours will resume Tuesday, May 28, at 8 a.m.

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