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Holiday Safety Tips


The holiday season is upon us and with it comes shoppers, holiday get-togethers and holiday get-aways. It’s also a time when crooks are out looking for an opportunity to take advantage of the increased activity and the distractions of the season.


The Redlands Police Department is also out with an increased presence and visibility, working to stop crooks before they ruin someone’s holiday season.


You can help by decreasing your chances of becoming a victim with some simple holiday safety tips.


Shopping




  • Shop during daylight hours whenever possible. If you must shop at night, go with a friend and stick to well-traveled and well-lit areas.

  • Dress casually and comfortably and avoid wearing expensive jewelry.

  • Carry only what cash you think you will need, and keep it in your front pocket.

  • Better yet, avoid carrying cash at all and make your purchases with a check or credit card.

  • Keep a record of your purchases and reconcile your statement. Report any unauthorized charges immediately to the credit card issuer.

  • Exercise extra care if you carry a wallet or purse. They are the prime target for thieves. Keep purses close to you at all times. Never leave them sitting unattended in a shopping cart, counter or the seat of your vehicle.

  • Make several short shopping trips instead of one big one. That way you avoid overloading yourself with packages or leaving valuable items in your car.

  • Lock packages in your trunk, if possible. Putting them “out of sight” beneath a seat, in a glove compartment or under a jacket doesn’t fool thieves. Those are the first places they look.

  • Stay alert to your surroundings, especially in crowded aisles, elevators, revolving doors and public transportation. These are favorites of pickpockets.

  • Carry the day’s most expensive purchases closest to your person.

Automatic Teller Machine (ATM)




  • If you must use an ATM, choose one in a well-lighted location.

  • Withdraw only the amount of cash you need.

  • Be aware of your surroundings. If you see anyone hanging around the ATM, or in a nearby vehicle, go to another location.

  • Protect your PIN from anyone standing nearby and don’t throw away your ATM receipt at the ATM location.

Driving




  • Avoid driving alone or at night.

  • Keep you car doors locked and windows closed while in or out of your car.

  • Set your alarm and use an anti-theft device.

  • Park in well-lighted areas as close to your destination as possible.

  • Avoid parking next to vans, trucks with camper shells or cars with tinted windows.

  • Never leave your car unoccupied with the motor running.

  • Never leave children unattended in your car.

  • When returning to your car, have your keys ready and be aware of your surroundings.

  • Do not approach your car alone if there are suspicious people in the area.

  • If you are uncomfortable, ask store or mall security for an escort to your vehicle.

Children




  • If possible, leave small children at home with a trusted babysitter while you shop.

  • Teach your children to stay close to you and to go to a store clerk for help if they are separated from you.

  • Never allow children to make unaccompanied trips to the restroom or to the car and never leave them unattended while you shop.

  • Teach children to give their full name, address and telephone number to police or store security.

  • Teach children to inform you immediately if a stranger is bothering them.

At Home




  • Lock your doors and windows when you are at home and when you leave the house.

  • If you are taking an extended trip, cancel newspapers and mail delivery or arrange for a trusted friend, neighbor or family member to pick them up. Call Redlands Police at (909) 798-7681 and ask for a Vacation House Check or complete online form. Members of the Redlands Police Department’s Citizen Volunteer Patrol will make regular patrols of your home.

  • Put indoor and outdoor lights on an automatic timer and leave a radio or television on so the house looks and sounds occupied.

  • Don’t leave gifts in plain view of windows and doors of your home.

  • Be alert to strangers at your door and in your neighborhood and report any suspicious activity to police immediately.

  • Be aware that criminals sometimes pose as service or delivery men to gain access to your home. Demand to see valid ID and don’t let strangers into your home or leave them alone. It is common for one person to distract the resident while another goes through drawers in the home. Also, be wary of individuals soliciting for charities door-to-door. Ask for their ID and how the donations will be used. If you are not satisfied, do not donate.

Parties


If you are hosting a party:




  • Be sure there are non-alcoholic beverages available for your guests.

  • Find alternative transportation for intoxicated guests.

  • Arrange a designated driver for your party who will not drink alcohol at all.

If you are attending a party:




  • Have something to eat before consuming alcoholic beverages.

  • Eat high protein foods that will stay in your stomach longer and slow the absorption of alcohol into your system

  • Remember, only time will eliminate the alcohol from your body.

  • Know your limit.

  • NEVER drink and drive.

Businesses




  • Be aware and report suspicious people in or near your business.

  • When making a bank deposit, cruise the area and look for suspicious people before parking and leaving your car.

  • Vary your routine. Don’t make your deposits at the same time of day or same day of the week and drive a different route.

  • Be aware if someone is following you and, if so, call police on your cell phone or drive to the nearest police station. The Redlands Police station is located at 30 Cajon St or 1270 W Park Ave Bldg C.

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Yesterday

  1. Pajama Story Time
    • Start time: 07:00pm
    • End date: Tuesday, April 22nd
    • End time: 07:30pm
    • Join us in the story corner of the Young Readers' Room for Pajama Story Time each Tuesday evening. We will have great stories read aloud to the kids.

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Today

  1. Preschool Story Time
    • Start time: 10:15am
    • End date: Wednesday, April 23rd
    • End time: 10:45am
    • Come join in the fun of stories and songs and meet new friends! Join us in the Assembly Room each Wednesday morning at 10:15 a.m.

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  2. Post 261 Explorer Meeting
    • Start time: 06:30pm
    • End date: Wednesday, April 23rd
    • End time: 08:30pm
    • Open Enrollment to join the Redlands Explorer Program is in January of every year, but you can pick-up and drop-off applications through-out the entire year at the Fire Administration office. Ages to join are between 15 years To 21 years old.

      Fire Administrative Office
      35 Cajon Street #12
      Redlands, CA 92373

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Tomorrow

  1. Tiny Tot Story Time
    • Start time: 10:15am
    • End date: Thursday, April 24th
    • End time: 10:30am
    • Join us in the Assembly Room with your toddler. Open to ages 2 & 3, we sing and share fabulous stories. Meet new friends afterwards out in the park as most of the families stay to play!

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  2. Tiny Tot Story Time
    • Start time: 10:40am
    • End date: Thursday, April 24th
    • End time: 10:55am
    • Join us in the Assembly Room each Thursday morning for great songs, and stories!

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  3. Market Night
    • Start time: 06:00pm
    • End date: Thursday, April 24th
    • End time: 09:00pm
    • Established in 1988, Redlands Market Night has established itself as one of the most successful certified farmers markets in Southern California! Vendors vie to participate in the event that has attracted thousands of weekly visitors since its inception. Visitors are welcomed into an inviting atmosphere complete with lighted trees, brick sidewalks, historic buildings, and great musical entertainment. Crowds are pleasantly surrounded by over 150 food and merchandise booths, not to mention the downtown shopkeepers, every Thursday night.

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Friday, April 25th

  1. City Hall Closed
    • Extended service hours are offered in order for the public to conduct City business before and after traditional business hours. City staff is available 9 hours a day to serve you. City Hall offices are closed every other Friday.

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  2. Movies in the Park - "Planes"
    • Start time: 06:00pm
    • End date: Friday, April 25th
    • End time: 09:00pm
    • The City of Redlands Development Services Department and the Recreation Division of the Quality of Life Department will continue the popular Movies in the Park series with Disney’s “Planes” and Sony Picture Animation’s “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2” on Friday, April 25, and Friday, May 30, at Ed Hales Park in historic Downtown Redlands, on the corner of 5th and State streets.
      Each event will begin at 6 p.m. and will include children’s craft projects and entertainment from the 6th Street School of Music, Frugal Frigate Children’s Bookstore, Seed and Kissui. The movies will begin at dusk. These events are free to the public. Feel free to bring your own blanket and chair and enjoy family entertainment with your friends and neighbors in historic downtown Redlands.
      For more information, please call the Redlands Community Center at (909) 798-7572 or visit us on the web at www.cityofredlands.org.

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Saturday, April 26th

  1. Saturday Morning Certified Farmers Market
    • Start time: 08:00am
    • End date: Saturday, April 26th
    • End time: 11:00am
    • The City’s successful Saturday Morning Certified Farmers Market brings fresh local produce to historic downtown Redlands every Saturday.

      The Saturday Morning Certified Farmers’ Market began June 6, 2009, bringing local growers to the City parking lot south of Redlands Boulevard between Fifth and Sixth streets near Ed Hales Park. The market operates from 8 to 11 a.m. every Saturday, excluding holiday weekends.

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  2. Sixth Annual Community Day of Service
    • Start time: 08:00am
    • End date: Saturday, April 26th
    • End time: 12:00pm
    • More than 1,000 volunteers are expected to turn out April 26 for the Sixth Annual Day of Service, sponsored by the City of Redlands, the Redlands Service Club Council and Mormon Helping Hands, but there’s still need for more volunteers. This year volunteers will be working on community projects in four separate areas and, for the first time, expanding to the City of Highland.
      Volunteers will spread out weeding, planting, mulching, painting and repairing at Heritage Park on Orange Avenue, between Nevada and Iowa streets, the site of last year’s massive volunteer effort; Israel Beal Park, on River View Drive, south of the Santa Ana River Wash and west of Orange Street; the east end of Redlands Boulevard, along the median and the roadside; and Highland Community Park in Highland.
      The Volunteer Day of Service has become an annual event, after the stunning success of past years. Planning takes nearly a year with the City and the Redlands Service Club Council in partnership with Mormon Helping Hands.
      Along the two-mile stretch of Redlands Boulevard, volunteers will clean up and replace plants in the median, plant trees, mulch the median and shoulders and pick up trash. The City prepared for the project more than a week ago, contracting to trim all the trees along the stretch of road.
      At Israel Beal Park volunteers will remove weeds and tree stumps and replant areas of the park.
      At Heritage Park, volunteers have already begun working on irrigation in preparation for Saturday’s efforts, which will add concrete borders and decomposed granite in picnic areas and lay 20,000 square feet of sod.
      At Highland Community Park volunteers will replace the baseball infield, repair and repaint backstops and repair trash receptacles.
      The Redlands Service Club Council was formed in 2008 to offer assistance to the City through cooperative work projects and capital improvements. Working with the City’s Quality of Life Department, the Service Club Council made renovation of Sylvan Park its first major project for 2009. Since then the Service Club Council and Mormon Helping Hands have taken on increasingly ambitious projects at Prospect Park, the Redlands Bowl, landscaping the Redlands Boulevard median, and last year, creating an entire park in a day at Heritage Park.
      Individuals, families, community groups, businesses and other organizations are encouraged to participate in the workday. For information or to sign up, visit www.redlandsservice.org or contact City of Redlands Volunteer Services Coordinator Elizabeth Marin at (909) 798-7540.

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  3. Household Hazardous Waste collection
    • Start time: 09:30am
    • End date: Saturday, April 26th
    • End time: 12:30pm
    • During operating hours, residents can dispose of household materials including, outdated prescription medication (with the exception of controlled substances), outdated pet prescription medication, paint products, chemical cleaners, pesticides, fertilizers, hobby/pool supplies, automotive oil, filters, brake fluid, transmission fluid, anti-freeze, gasoline, and propane tanks.

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  4. Prescription Drug Take-Back Day
    • Start time: 10:00am
    • End date: Saturday, April 26th
    • End time: 02:00pm
    • On April 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Redlands Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its eighth opportunity in three years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your pills for disposal to the Redlands Police Annex, 30 Cajon St. (The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.) The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
      Last October, Americans turned in 324 tons (over 647,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at over 4,114 sites operated by the DEA and its thousands of state and local law enforcement partners. When those results are combined with what was collected in its seven previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 3.4 million pounds—more than 1,700 tons—of pills.
      This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.
      DEA is in the process of approving new regulations that implement the Safe and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010, which amends the Controlled Substances Act to allow an “ultimate user” (that is, a patient or their family member or pet owner) of controlled substance medications to dispose of them by delivering them to entities authorized by the Attorney General to accept them. The Act also allows the Attorney General to authorize long term care facilities to dispose of their residents’ controlled substances in certain instances.

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  5. Spanish Story Time
    • Start time: 10:15am
    • End date: Saturday, April 26th
    • End time: 10:45am
    • Join us in the story corner of the Young Readers' Room and enjoy stories and songs in Spanish!

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  6. No subject
    • Start time: 10:30am
    • End date: Saturday, April 26th
    • End time: 11:30am
    • Free Saturday Craft Day with Miss Didi and her helpers. "April Showers Bring May Flowers" is the theme this month. Please call the YRR at (909) 798-7674 for more information and to sign up. All ages are welcome to attend!

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Monday, April 28th

  1. Environmental Review Committee
  2. Chinese Story Time
    • Start time: 05:45pm
    • End date: Monday, April 28th
    • End time: 06:15pm
    • Join us in the Story corner of the Young Readers' Room for Chinese/Mandarin songs and stories.

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Tuesday, April 29th

  1. Pajama Story Time
    • Start time: 07:00pm
    • End date: Tuesday, April 29th
    • End time: 07:30pm
    • Join us in the story corner of the Young Readers' Room for Pajama Story Time each Tuesday evening. We will have great stories read aloud to the kids.

    • View this event in Google Calendar

Wednesday, April 30th

  1. Preschool Story Time
    • Start time: 10:15am
    • End date: Wednesday, April 30th
    • End time: 10:45am
    • Come join in the fun of stories and songs and meet new friends! Join us in the Assembly Room each Wednesday morning at 10:15 a.m.

    • View this event in Google Calendar
  2. Post 261 Explorer Meeting
    • Start time: 06:30pm
    • End date: Wednesday, April 30th
    • End time: 08:30pm
    • Open Enrollment to join the Redlands Explorer Program is in January of every year, but you can pick-up and drop-off applications through-out the entire year at the Fire Administration office. Ages to join are between 15 years To 21 years old.

      Fire Administrative Office
      35 Cajon Street #12
      Redlands, CA 92373

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Thursday, May 1st

  1. Tiny Tot Story Time
    • Start time: 10:15am
    • End date: Thursday, May 1st
    • End time: 10:30am
    • Join us in the Assembly Room with your toddler. Open to ages 2 & 3, we sing and share fabulous stories. Meet new friends afterwards out in the park as most of the families stay to play!

    • View this event in Google Calendar
  2. Tiny Tot Story Time
    • Start time: 10:40am
    • End date: Thursday, May 1st
    • End time: 10:55am
    • Join us in the Assembly Room each Thursday morning for great songs, and stories!

    • View this event in Google Calendar
  3. Historic and Scenic Preservation Commission
  4. Market Night
    • Start time: 06:00pm
    • End date: Thursday, May 1st
    • End time: 09:00pm
    • Established in 1988, Redlands Market Night has established itself as one of the most successful certified farmers markets in Southern California! Vendors vie to participate in the event that has attracted thousands of weekly visitors since its inception. Visitors are welcomed into an inviting atmosphere complete with lighted trees, brick sidewalks, historic buildings, and great musical entertainment. Crowds are pleasantly surrounded by over 150 food and merchandise booths, not to mention the downtown shopkeepers, every Thursday night.

    • View this event in Google Calendar

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