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Shop Safely This Season, Tips

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The season of giving is here and that means so is the season for holiday shopping and the dangers that come along with it.

Identity theft, robberies and assaults are all risks associated with this time of increased spending and shoppers should take extra care to mind their personal and financial safety around the holidays.

The National Crime Prevention Council has a list of tips to help you enjoy shopping safely while getting those great holiday bargains:

Shopping in Stores

  • Do not buy more than you can carry.  Plan ahead by taking a friend with you or asking a store employee to help you carry your packages to the car.
  • Save all receipts.  Print and save all confirmations from your online purchases.   Start a file folder to keep all receipts together and to help you verify credit card or bank statements as they come in.
  • Don't flash the cash. Consider alternate options to pay for your merchandise, such as onetime or multi-use disposable credit cards or money orders, including at online stores.
  • Wait until asked by a cashier before taking out your credit card or checkbook.  An enterprising thief could look over your shoulder to get exposed account information.

Walking to and From Your Car

 

  • Be informed about your surroundings. Use the free mobile app available from AlertID™ to receive alerts about crimes and registered sex offenders living and working in the vicinity of your shopping venue.
  • Deter pickpockets.  Carry your purse close to your body or your wallet inside a coat or front trouser pocket.
  • Tell a security guard or store employee if you see an unattended bag or package.  The same applies if you are using mass transit.
  • Have your keys in hand when approaching your vehicle. Check the back seat and around the car before getting in.
  • Do not leave packages visible in your car. Lock them in the trunk, or if possible, take them directly home.

Shopping With Small Children

  • If you are shopping with children, make a plan in case you are separated from each other.
    • Select a central meeting place.
    • Teach them to know they can ask mall personnel or store security employees if they need help.
    • Have them memorize or keep your cell phone number handy.
    • Keep up-to-date photos and accurate descriptions of each child. Should they go missing, this information should be sent quickly to law enforcement.

For more information visit www.ncpc.org.

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