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Ways to stay safe at home, shopping, traveling

SALT LAKE CITY — Chief Chris Burbank talks about holiday safety in his latest video message.

Some simple, preventive measures to ensure a safe and happy holiday:


  • If someone can’t be home to receive package deliveries, ship to a work address or have a neighbor remove them from your porch and keep them for you.


  • Do not leave phones, purses, packages or other items of value in plain sight or unattended in a car. While locking items in a trunk helps, it is a good idea to do so before arriving at your destination.


  • Thieves are watching this time of year to see who unloads packages and then continues shopping. Consider moving the vehicle to another parking level or area, if possible.


  • Leave lights, TV and/or a radio on when away from home.


  • Stop your mail/newspaper or arrange for a neighbor to pick it up while you’re out of town.


  • When decorating for the holidays, don’t overload electrical outlets.


  • Never leave burning candles unattended.


  • Verify a charity before donating.

Download the SLCPD Holiday Safety brochure and review preventive measures to keep the holiday season safe.


About the “Chief’s Message”

Chief Burbank issues a monthly video message to help the public reduce its exposure to, or mitigate the effects of, crime, as well as spotlight different parts of the city’s public safety team. All “Chief’s Messages” are archived on the “Chief’s Message” playlist of To recommend a topic to Chief Burbank, please send an email to:


Public Relations Unit