Holiday Shopping Safety Tips
“Black Friday” approaches and gives good reason to think twice about ways to prevent joy from turning into fear and deals from turning into steals as holiday shopping kicks off full steam!
The holiday season is a time when busy people can become careless and vulnerable to theft and other holiday crime. The following tips can help you be more careful, prepared and aware during the holiday season.
Always park in well-lit areas, even if you don’t intend to shop after dark. If you need to shop at night, coordinate your trip with a friend; there is safety in numbers.
Lock vehicle doors and close all windows, even if you will be away from the vehicle for a few minutes.
Never leave the engine running in your absence, even for just a minute. Take all keys with you. (Don’t hide a set anywhere on your vehicle.) Activate anti-theft devices.
Keep packages and other valuables, including cell phones and GPS devices, out of public view and preferably locked in the trunk.
Park near street lights if possible and have keys in hand before you return to your car. Pay attention to your surroundings; potential predators do not like eye contact. Always check underneath the vehicle and the interior before unlocking the door.
Discourage purse snatchers. Purses are the prime targets of criminals in crowded shopping area
Avoid overloading yourself with packages. It is important to have clear visibility and freedom of motion to avoid mishaps.
Don’t carry large amounts of cash. Pay for purchases with check or credit/debit card if possible.
Keep a record of all of your credit card numbers in a safe place at home.
Notify the credit card issuer immediately if your credit card is lost, stolen or misused.
Be extra careful with purses and wallets. Carry a purse under your arm, with the strap across your body. Keep your wallet in an inside jacket pocket or front pants pocket.
Beware of strangers approaching you for any reason. At this time of year, con-artists may try various methods of distracting you with the intention of taking your money or belongings.
If someone approached you or scares you SIT DOWN this is the best advice I can offer as someone will surely come to your aid and your attacker may feel they have hurt you.
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