Staying Safe While Holiday Shopping

 

  • Try to shop during the day, but if you do shop at night, do NOT do it alone.
  • Dress casually and comfortably.
  • Avoid wearing expensive jewelry.
  • Do NOT carry a purse or wallet, if possible. Consider bringing a security travel pouch instead.
  • Always carry your driver's license or identification along with necessary cash, checks and/or a credit card you expect to use.
  • Recognize when you are rushed, distracted and stressed out, and stay alert to what is going on around you.
  • Avoid carrying large amounts of cash.
  • Pay for purchases with a check or credit card when possible.
  • Keep cash in your front pocket.
  • If you discover that a credit card is missing, notify the credit card company as soon as possible. Don't assume that you misplaced it and will find it later.
  • 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 the prime targets of criminals in crowded shopping areas, terminals, bus stops, on buses and other rapid transit.
  • Avoid overloading yourself with packages. It is important to have clear visibility and freedom of motion if you are approached.
  • Beware of strangers approaching you for any reason. At this time of year; con-artists may try various methods of distracting you, including working in teams with the intention of taking your money or property.
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