Stay safe during your holiday shopping


Most people get very busy during the holidays, and normally cautious persons may become careless and vulnerable to theft and other crime. The following tips from the help improve your chances of having a safe, secure, and happy holiday season.

• Shop during daylight hours whenever possible. If you must shop at night, go with a friend or family member.
• Dress casually and comfortably.
• Do not carry a purse or wallet, if possible.
• Always carry your driver’s license or identification along with necessary cash, checks and/or a credit card you expect to use.
• Stay alert to your surroundings, even though you may be rushed.
• Avoid carrying large amounts of cash.
• Pay for purchases with a check or debit card when possible.
• If you carry cash, keep it in your front pocket.
• Notify the debit or credit card issuer and the police immediately if your card is lost, stolen, or misused.
• Keep a record of all of your credit card numbers in a safe place at home.
• Be extra careful if you do carry a wallet or purse. They are prime targets of criminals in crowded shopping areas.
• Remain alert to 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.
• Lock your car doors and do not leave packages or sacks of merchandise visible in the passenger compartment while shopping. Remember, it only takes a few seconds for a thief to break into an automobile and steal your property.


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