Holiday Shopping Safety Tips

This truly is the most wonderful time of the year. As we get busy with planning get-togethers and shopping for the perfect gift we also might let our guard down and not notice those that are just waiting for the opportunity to take advantage. Here are a few Holiday Shopping Tips to help keep this season Merry and Bright:

  • Try to shop during the day.
  •  Dress casually and comfortably.
  • Avoid wearing expensive jewelry.
  • Avoid carrying large amounts of cash.
  • Pay for purchases with a check or credit card when possible
  • Keep cash in your front pocket.
  • Be extra careful if you do carry a wallet or purse. They are the prime targets of criminals in crowded shopping areas and parking lots.
  • Avoid overloading yourself with packages.
  • Beware of strangers approaching you for any reason.
  • Park in well-lit areas and stay alert as you walk to and from your vehicle.
  • Remember where you parked and have your keys in your hand as you approach your vehicle.
  • Do not leave packages or valuables where they are visible through your car windows. Lock them in the trunk or take them directly home if possible.
  • Be careful what you post online. Don’t alert potential thieves to the fact that you aren’t at home.