Holiday Safety Tips #3-Last Minute Shopping

Here are some safety tips to follow when you are shopping at the holidays:

  • Shop during daylight hours whenever possible. If you must shop at night, go with a friend or family member.
  • Dress casually and comfortably. 
  • Avoid wearing expensive jewelry. 
  • Do not carry a purse or wallet, if possible. 
  • Always carry your Driver License or Identification Card along with necessary cash, checks and/or a credit card you expect to use. 
  • Even though you are rushed and thinking about a thousand things, stay alert to your surroundings. 
  • Avoid carrying large amounts of cash. 
  • Pay for purchases with a check or credit card when possible. 
  • Keep cash in your front pocket. 
  • Notify the credit card issuer immediately if your credit 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 the prime targets of criminals in crowded shopping areas, transportation 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 to avoid mishaps. 
  • 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.

Follow these tips for a safe shopping experience.

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