Winter Travel Safety

Hi Neighbors,

Many of us are planning that annual trip to visit family and friends.  Hopefully, the weather will be good for our travels.  Preparing well can make the trip easier.  We found these tips in the November edition of the BernCo at a Glance newsletter.

Prepare yourself and your vehicle; pack an emergency winter car kit:

  • Wool blanket, extra hat and gloves.
  • Jumper cables.
  • Water in small bottles (easier to thaw if frozen).
  • Food – such as protein/candy/granola bars; high in calories and ready to eat.
  • Extra cell phone batteries or charger.”

Be prepared for winter traveling:

  • Winterize your car and keep it well maintained.
  • Always travel with at least half a tank of gas.
  • Never leave your home without a charged cell phone.
  • Tell someone your route and when you are expected to arrive.
  • Know where you are going and avoid unfamiliar routes during inclement weather.
  • Check the weather before you travel.
  • Check the road conditions


Additional Travel Safety Reminder:

It’s the season where many of us are on the roads and traveling. Protect yourself and your family with some simple holiday travel tips from the New Mexico State Police.

Ladera West NA hopes that your travel is safe this holiday season.

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Safety Tips While Shoppping

Hi Neighbors,

As we rush to get everything done for the holidays, we may not be aware that we are the targets of thieves while we shop.  Please review these safety tips from the Office of Neighborhood Coordination’s December Newsletter and the Albuquerque Police Department.

“December can be a very hectic month, preparing for the holiday gift-giving season. Unfortunately, theft also becomes more of an issue, with thieves looking to steal packages from cars, from front porches, and other areas.  Below are tips for shopper safety:

  • Shop during daylight hours if possible.  If shopping at night, go with a friend or family member.
  • Don’t carry a wallet or purse, if possible, and carry minimal cash.
  • Stay alert to your surroundings at all times, particularly when walking back to your vehicle carrying bags or packages, and try to avoid overloading yourself.
  • If your credit card information is compromised, notify your card holder immediately.
  • Beware of strangers approaching you for any reason, particularly in parking lots and at ATM machines.
  • Don’t leave visible bags and packages in your car if out shopping. Lock valuables in your trunk, lock your vehicle, and engage your car alarm system.
  • When walking out to your vehicle, have your keys already in your hand.”

Additional information on safety and crime prevention can be found by clicking the Crime Prevention heading on the top menu bar.

There is also a lot of great travel safety and crime prevention information in the December issue of the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office Newsletter.  Be sure to check it out here: BCSO December 2017

Ladera West Neighborhood Association wishes you all a safe holiday shopping season.

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Winter Safety Tips For Your Pets

From the Office of Neighborhood Coordination’s weekly newsletter, we are reminded to care for our pets as the weather gets colder.  “Cats and dogs can and do feel the cold, just as humans do, and hypothermia is a very real danger to them. To keep your furry friends warm, safe, and healthy this winter, here are some tips:

  • Keep your pets indoors in the winter when you’re not home.
  • If pet water bowls are outdoors, check them frequently to make sure the water has not frozen.
  • Don’t leave animals in closed cars in the winter. A car can become dangerously cold and can be just as deadly to an animal as in the summer.
  • Keep anti-freeze away from children and animals! Anti-freeze has a sweet taste that can attract them, and ethylene glycol is extremely poisonous.
  • If your pet has walked on salted or de-iced surfaces, clean them immediately with warm water and don’t let them lick their paws. These substances are toxic to animals.
  • Check your pet’s paws frequently for balls of ice or snow that can form there. Rinse with warm water to remove.
  • Pets that are outdoors often seek warmth and protection on or near a car’s engine. Bang on your car hood or honk the horn before starting the engine.
  • If your pet must be outdoors, insulate his or her bed with straw, and switch it out if it becomes damp.

For more winter pet safety suggestions and information, visit:

The November edition of the BernCo at a Glance newsletter gave us these additional tips for outside pets.

“It’s a common misconception that dogs and cats won’t get cold because they have fur. If your pets have to be outside, here are some outside housing tips for your pets:

  • Do not use fabric blankets or bedding. Once wet, they ice over when temperatures drop, and become wet again with your animal’s body heat.
  • Place the shelter’s entrance facing south to southeast to maximize exposure to the sun.
  • If the opening is uncovered, consider attaching a thick piece of rubber, doormat or carpet scrap cut to size to block the wind, rain, and snow.
  • Make sure the shelter is as airtight as possible.
  • Check the water bowl frequently for freezing.”

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