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Don't become a victim when shopping this holiday season

12/7/2017 (Permalink)

Community Don't become a victim when shopping this holiday season Make sure you get your purchases and yourself safely home from the store

Don’t become a Victim when Shopping This Holiday Season

Some common sense approaches to staying safe this shopping season

Your Vehicle

1: Look for suspicious people loitering before you park

2: Park in a well lit area when shopping after dark

3: Don’t fight over parking spaces

4: Don’t park between SUV’s, mini vans or vehicles that block you from view

5: Don’t leave valuables within site on the floor or the seats

6: Lock your vehicle with the windows all the way up

7: Walk purposefully with keys in hand to be used as a weapon if need be

8: Stay off your cell phone and stay alert to your surroundings

Shopping

1: Shop during daylight hours as much as possible

2: Shop with a buddy as much as possible

3: Never walk and text or talk on the phone. Sit or stand with your back to the wall

4: Constantly check those around you, be aware of your surroundings look people in the eye

5: Eliminate your purse if possible. The larger the purse the more cumbersome and bigger the target.

6: Minimize your purse.  Place all cash and credit cards in a pocket

7: Never leave your purse unattended

8: Never sling your purse over the back of a chair

9: Carry little to no cash.  Use debit/credit cards as much as possible

10: Never set down your purse or packages to look at or handle something

11: Walk out of the mall/shopping area with other shoppers

Returning to your vehicle

1: Don’t overburden yourself with packages, keep one hand free at all times

2: Keep your head in a swivel always looking for danger

3: Place all packages in the truck or very back of SUV/mini van and cover

4: Do not take packages to the vehicle and then return to shopping without moving the vehicle to another parking space

5: Never stop to remove a flier or sticker from your windshield or rear window

6: If possible make a quick check of tires to ensure nothing has been placed under them

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