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Home safety for the holidays

Pleasanton police offer security tips for business owners, residents

The Pleasanton Police Department is looking to team up with business owners and residents to cut down on thefts that dampen holiday spirits.

"We value every extra set of eyes and ears on the street," Crime Prevention Officer Monique Limon said in a statement. "If an incident or activity within Pleasanton leads you to consider calling the police, call us."

Officers have compiled a list of safety tips for keeping homes and businesses secure this holiday season. Additionally, they ask that suspicious activity in Pleasanton be reported by calling the police department's main line, 931-5100. Questions or concerns about crime prevention can be directed to 931-5295 or 931-5242.

Home security

* Lock all doors and windows.

* Have a neighbor or friend watch your house if you're gone for the holidays, and either stop your newspaper or mail or have someone pick it up daily.

* Don't put gifts in plain view of windows or doors.

* Make sure there is proper lighting around the house. Lights on timers inside and motion sensors outside work well.

* Maintain your yard to keep a good line of sight from the street and from windows and doors.

* Ensure your address is clearly visible from the street or painted clearly on the curb.

Business security

* Have a notification system in place so it's known when a customer enters, and make contact with them when they do.

* Keep track of customers in your store.

* Keep windows clear of displays or signs. Displays should be full and well-organized so you and your employees can see at a glance if something is missing.

* Cash register should be kept near the front of the shop so employees can monitor customers entering and leaving. Make sure customers can't access the cash register.

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