CCSO shares Christmas safety tips


CULLMAN, Ala. – The Cullman County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) shared several safety tips for residents to remember this holiday season.  

Around the home 

  • Keep your doors and windows locked at all times. 
  • If you are leaving for an extended period of time, have neighbors or family members check on your residence and pick up your mail. 
  • Leave a radio or television on to give the appearance that someone is home. 
  • Large displays of holiday gifts should not be visible through the windows and doors of your home. 
  • Be aware that criminals sometime pose as couriers delivering packages or gifts.  
  • Never open the door if you are uncertain about who they are and do not hesitate to call law enforcement if issues arise. 
  • Be skeptical of door-to-door solicitors. Criminals will take advantage of people’s generosity during the holiday season. 

While driving/shopping 

  • Keep your doors and windows locked, whether you are inside or out of your vehicle. 
  • If you must shop at night, remember where you park, and park in a well-lit area. 
  • Pay attention to vehicles you park next to; avoid vans, camper shells or vehicles with dark-tinted windows if possible.  
  • Park as close as possible to your destination, especially at night or if you are alone.  
  • Never leave your vehicle running while unoccupied (or with children inside).  
  • Do not leave valuables in plain sight.  
  • Have your keys readily available as you approach your car. 
  • Always be aware of your surroundings, especially as you are approaching your vehicle. 
  • Do not approach your vehicle if there are suspicious people loitering around the area. 
  • Ask security or store personnel to escort you to your vehicle if you are apprehensive. 

For questions or to report an incident, contact your local law enforcement agency.  

  • Cullman County Sheriff’s Office: 256-734-0342 
  • Cullman Police Department: 256-734-1434 
  • Hanceville Police Department: 256-352-9811 
  • Emergencies: 911