Tips to have safe and happy holidays

Boundary County Sheriff David Kramer extends season’s greetings and a hearty Merry Christmas to all in the community, and he sends to tips to help ensure that your season of joy won’t be dimmed needlessly.

“Around Christmas time, criminals like to take advantage by stealing from mailboxes, and we encourage people to pick up their mail as close as possible to the time that it is delivered and also to watch for suspicious vehicles stopping at mailboxes,” he said.

You can also go to informeddelivery.usps.com to sign up free for informed delivery. If your address is eligible, you will be able to digitally preview your mail so that you will know what should be in your mailbox and able to determine if anything is missing.

It allows you to digitally preview greyscale images of the exterior, address side of letter-sized mail pieces and track packages in one convenient location through the Post Office.

Another tip too often overlooked; with Christmas shopping going on, remember to not leave Christmas gifts in plain view in your vehicle, and don’t leave your car doors unlocked!

“We encourage you to always lock your vehicles and keep Christmas gifts covered or in a trunk and out of sight while out shopping,” Kramer said. “Most criminals are opportunists and if they see a vehicle unlocked and something that can easily be grabbed your gift item may end up in the hands of someone that it was not intended for.”

The last reminder is to drive carefully, as the roads become slick due to weather conditions and black ice, and also remember that it is now a law that you can’t be texting or talking on your cell phone while driving unless you are using a hands-free device.

“Stay safe and have a Merry Christmas,” Sheriff Kramer said.

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