Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Holiday Shopping Safety Tips

Not a year goes by when you don't hear in the news that someone was robbed or assaulted around the Holidays. Most of the time it happens in shopping center or mall parking lots! What you don't hear are suggestions on how to avoid these types of crime. Below are a few safety tips to keep in mind while you go shopping this Holiday season.

Shopping Safety Tips
  • Try to go shopping during daylight hours. If you have to shop at night, try taking a friend or relative with you.
  • If you go shopping at night or know it will be dark when your done shopping, try to park your car in a well lit area and not behind bushes or where your car is obstructed from plain site.
  • Always be aware of your surroundings.
  • Avoid wearing expensive jewelry or restraining clothes. You should be comfortable while shopping and able to move quickly if need be.
  • Try not to use large amounts of cash, use credit cards or checks if possible.
  • Keep your money or credit card in your front pocket instead of a purse or wallet.
  • If you carry a wallet or purse, be very aware of possible pick-pockets.
  • Try not to do all your shopping on one trip, excessive amounts of shopping bags are very hard to manipulate and keep track of.
  • Beware of strangers approaching you for any reason, even if it is to hand you a flyer. At this time of year, "con-artists" may try various methods of distracting you with the intention of taking your money or belongings.
  • If it gets dark outside when you are done shopping, try to get an escort or security guard from the store to walk you to your car. If this is not possible carry a self defense product with you and have it ready when you go toward your car.
Keep these safety tips in mind throughout the the whole year and not just while shopping this Holiday season.
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