holiday lightsAs the holidays quickly approach, it is a good time to remind you of some helpful holiday safety tips:


  • Do not announce travel plans on social media.
  • Get a neighbor to pick up mail, paper, packages, and put out and take in trash cans while you are gone.
  • Be smart with lighting. Use indoor timers to simulate activity. Also, keeping outdoor lights on ALL the time may not be the best signal to a potential thief. Motion lights work well.
  • If you have an alarm system, use it.
  • Drive defensively.  Traffic is heavier during the holidays. Drivers may also have indulged in too much holiday spirits.

Holiday Decorating Safety:

  • Fresh cut trees should be watered and monitored for dryness.  While Christmas tree fires are uncommon, when they do occur, they are often catastrophic.  Consider removing your tree within two weeks after the holiday and setting it out for solid waste to pick up after you've removed all the decoration.
  • Candles used in celebration should never be left burning unattended and never used on a Christmas tree.
  • Keep all decorations at least 3 feet from any heat source.


  • Stay vigilant with fraud prevention -- don't carry a lot of cash, carry only the credit cards you need, save receipts, and review credit card activity.
  • Park “Smart” – Never, ever leave your vehicle unlocked. Not even when it is parked at your own home. Do not leave anything in plain sight inside your vehicle.
  • Park in a well-lit area when shopping and pay attention to your surroundings walking to and from your vehicle.
  • When you return to your vehicle, scan the interior of your car to be sure no one is hiding inside. Check to see if you are being followed.
  • Have your keys in hand when approaching your vehicle. You will be ready to unlock the door and will not be delayed by fumbling and looking for your keys.
  • Do not leave your purse, wallet, or cellular telephone in plain view.
  • If you go to an automatic teller machine for cash, check for people around and make sure it is well lit and in a safe location.


  • Place all purchased items in the trunk and take them home as soon as possible.
  • Don’t leave empty boxes at your curbside as they advertise items that may be inside your home (such as a new TV, computer, etc.).
  • If you have done your shopping on-line, do not leave your UPS/Fed Ex packages on your front porch. Bring them in as soon as they are delivered. If you are not home during the day, ask a neighbor to bring them in for you.
  • Save the purchase of that big ticket item for your last stop. For instance, do not buy that laptop at BestBuy, put it in the car, and then drive over to Dick's.

Most importantly, be aware of your surroundings and, if you see something suspicious, report it immediately to 911 if it is urgent or 919-469-4012 if it is not an emergency situation. 


fire safety

On Wednesday evening at the Highlands Clubhouse, Alicia Dismuke, Cary Fire Department's Community Risk Coordinator, gave a very informative talk about fire safety around our homes.

Did you know there are more kitchen fires on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Eve/Christmas Day than any other day of the year?  Alicia also discussed yard fires, fireplace fires, Christmas tree fires, lightning strikes and cigarette fires.

Alicia talked about the importance of having working smoke and carbon monoxide detectors....and making sure they are working.  All detectors should have a date on the back.  If not, they are probably over 10 years old and need to be replaced.  Most new detectors now have a 10-year life span. 

The Fire Department offers assistance with smoke alarms.  If you need help testing an alarm, changing the battery, installing or replacing an alarm, call them at 919-469-4056 to schedule a time with a fire department representative.  They are unable to replace hardwired alarms if the wiring harnesses are not compatible.

Alicia mentioned having an escape plan if there is a house fire because a minute or two can mean the difference between getting out and getting caught.  It is extremely important to discuss with your entire family exit routes and a safe place to gather once outside.

The Cary Fire Department also offers free home safety inspections.  They will visit your home and conduct a room to room survey to look for potential fire hazards and offer suggestions to keep you and your family safe. To set up an appointment, just call 919-469-4056.

Sorry many of you missed what was an extremely important and helpful meeting about being vigilant about the fire possibilities in and around our homes.

Courtesy of our Community Services Sergeant at the Cary Police, Jeremy Burgin: 

Cary’s Swap Spot is Your Place to Complete Internet Transactions

Created by popular demand, the Town of Cary now has designated public parking spaces to complete legal transactions for items purchased/sold online or for other legal exchanges. Dubbed ‘Swap Spot’ and marked with a blue and green oversized sign, the area is located behind the Town of Cary Police Department near the Cash Points ATM, 120 Wilkinson Avenue; they are under 24/7 video monitoring. As always, residents may also use the Police Department Lobby as a safe place to exchange items weekdays from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. For internet transaction safety tips and for more information, search “Swap Spot” at or call (919) 469-4019. 

Toni Dezomits, Assistant Police Chief – Professional Standards Bureau, (919) 460-4922 
Deanna Boone, Deputy Public Information Officer, (919) 462-3908 
Susan Moran, Public Information Director, (919) 380-4240

Please see below for a message from our Community Services Sergeant at the Cary Police Department.  We heard about a recent burglary in the Birkhaven section of Lochmere and asked the police to give us more details.  He posted this on today:


Good afternoon Cary residents. I am Sergeant Jeremy Burgin, your Community Services Sergeant. The purpose of my post today is to make neighbors aware of a recent burglary trend that is currently impacting neighborhoods near Wimbledon, Lochmere, and Glenridge. 

Over the past two days, we've experienced four residential burglaries that may be related. The burglaries are occurring during the day and typically involve the suspect(s) breaking a rear glass door and forcibly entering the home to steal jewelry. While most homes were unoccupied, there was an instance where someone was home when the burglar entered an unlocked front door. There have been no injuries reported during this trend. 

We need you to help us combat this abrupt spike in home break-ins: 

• Be vigilant, immediately reporting suspicious or unfamiliar vehicles and pedestrians to police by calling 911. 
• Schedule a home safety inspection, a free service offered by the Town of Cary. A police officer will go on location to identify physical weaknesses in and around a home and offer low-cost suggestions to improve safety and security. Call (919) 469-4324 or email me directly to schedule this service. 
• Make sure that all doors, windows, and skylights are secured and check locks regularly to ensure they remain in good working order. While no lock is burglar proof, the more difficult it is to gain entry, the longer it will take, which increases the chances of burglars’ getting caught. 
• Use variable light timers and motion-sensitive lights to activate lighting in and around your home. 
• If utilizing an alarm system, make sure to have clearly visible signage stating the premises is protected by an alarm and set video systems to record day and nighttime activity. 
• Ensure valuables are not visible from the street, especially high-end electronics. 
• Come to our Public Safety Day on May 15 and mingle with those in your community. Meeting your neighbors is one of the best ways to keep your street safe, and Town of Cary police officers are available to attend and share safety and crime prevention tips.

Please contact me via email or phone with any questions or comments you may have. 

Jeremy D Burgin 
Community Services Sergeant 
Project PHOENIX 
Cary Police Department 
120 Wilkinson Ave - P.O. Box 8005 
Cary, NC 27512-8005 

Ready Cary"In support of North Carolina’s Severe Weather Preparedness Week, the Town of Cary is launching a new reverse 911 system administered by Wake County called ReadyWake. From boil water notices to critical safety information, ReadyWake notifies Cary residents, business owners and employees in both the Wake and Chatham county portions of Cary as well as Cary utility customers in Cary, Morrisville and RTP when there is an imminent threat to life, health or property.

To register, visit; enter the address you’d like to be notified about in the event of an emergency—home, work, school, etc. – along with your contact information and message preferences.

For full details, search "Ready Cary" at

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