With the holiday season upon us, the Dubuque Police Department would like to offer the following safety tips.

Get there (and back) safely:

 - Do not drive impaired: call a taxi, ride service, use a designated driver, or stay put.

- Everyone buckles up, regardless of seating position within the vehicle.

- Avoid distractions – electronic or otherwise.

- Slow down (or avoid driving) during adverse weather/road conditions.

 Preventing package theft:

- Lock your vehicle & do not leave items of value in plain sight.

- Utilize shipping/tracking alerts on packages being delivered to your home.

- If not home upon delivery, ask a trusted neighbor to secure the package for you.

- If possible, require a signature for deliveries.

- If you see a package sitting outside your neighbor’s home, contact them & ask if they would like you to take the package in.

General safety:

- Report all suspicious/criminal activity: 563-589-4415 or 9-1-1 (emergency only)

- Safety in numbers – no matter what the activity, try to take someone with you.

- Always be aware of your surroundings & prepared to act.

- Visit cityofdubuque.org/crimeprevention for more crime prevention tips!