News ReleaseCity of Irvine
Public Information Office

1 Civic Center Plaza
Irvine, CA 92606


Subject :

Holiday Safety Reminders
Contact :Rick Handfield, Lieutenant    (949) 724-7112

The holidays are an exciting and busy time of the year, particularly in shopping centers. To help ensure that everyone has a safe holiday season, here are some reminders from the Irvine Police Department:


·        When approaching and leaving your vehicle, be aware of your surroundings.

·        Lock your car and close the windows, even if you're gone only a few minutes.

·        Lock packages in the trunk out of view of potential thieves.

·        Set your alarm or use an anti-theft device.

·        Park near street lights if possible and have your keys in hand when you return to the car.

·        Be sure to locate your keys prior to going to your car.

·        Don't overburden yourself with packages.

·        Avoid carrying large amounts of cash.

·        Pay for purchases with a check or credit card when possible.

·        Be sure to put the receipt in your purse or wallet not in the bag.

·        Be extra careful with purses and wallets. Carry your purse under your arm. Keep your wallet in an inside jacket pocket, not a back trouser pocket.


For more information on safety during the Holidays, please contact Irvine Police Department’s Preventive Services at:


Portola Area              (949)724-7193

University Area          (949)724-7149

Crossroads Area      (949)724-7042

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