Holiday safety

Please take a moment to review some of our safety tips to ensure happy holidays for you and your family.

At Home

  • Lock your doors and windows if you are going out, no matter how short a period of time you will be gone.
  • Keep gifts away from windows and other areas where they may be easily seen by passersby or prowlers.
  • Leaving a car unattended while it warms up makes you a target. While convenient, it makes it easy for thieves to steal vehicles and the valuables inside them.


  • Take precautions to prevent your home from looking vacant. You may easily halt mail delivery online at​. Call any newspaper to which you subscribe and stop delivery while you’re away, too.
  • Call the OHA Police Department at (510) 535-3100, or (510) 535-3101 and request a vacation patrol check. This will alert officers that there should be no activity at your home while you are away.
  • If traveling by car, know your route and check road conditions before you leave.

Out and About

  • Avoid carrying large amounts of cash or other valuables.
  • If shopping with children, teach them who to go to if they get lost or become separated from you (for example, store clerks, security guards and police officers).


  • When stringing lights, make sure that cords are in good condition.
  • Do not overload electrical outlets. Stick to three sets of lights per extension cord.
  • Keep candles in study, non-combustible containers and away from flammable objects.

It is our hope that you and your family have a safe and happy Holiday Season!