Anti-Crime Tips For the Holidays

The holiday season is a busy time for merchants and shoppers — and for thieves, too.

“Thieves will do their shopping by breaking into cars and homes,’’ the South Pasadena Police Department warns in its monthly “Neighborhood Watch Newsletter’’— adding the following tips to help make sure that residents’ holidays are, indeed, happy.

• Be sure that windows and doors are locked, especially when running extension cords outside to power holiday decorations.

• Use timers on lights and radios when you are away.

• Be careful of fake solicitors and con artists. They will prey on your generosity this time of year.

• Shopping online is easy and less stressful, but be cautious of package thieves.

• Be cautious of displaying gifts in plain view from the street.

• Try to keep holiday yard decorations close to your home and stake them down securely.

• If you plan to be away for the holidays, be sure to let a trusted neighbor know, and fill out a “Vacation Check Request” form online, or at the police department. It’s available in the “E-Policing Resources” section toward the bottom of the police department’s website at

• After the holidays, avoid piling empty boxes on the street. This can alert thieves to know what you received.

Holiday Overnight Parking Exemption

No overnight parking permits will be needed between Dec. 23 and Jan. 6, the police department announced.

However, this exemption does not exempt a vehicle from being parked for more than 72 consecutive hours on any public roadway.