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Holiday Shopping Safety Tips

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Holiday shopping can be fun but stressful, especially if you happen to be targeted by thieves. Use these holiday shopping safety tips to help ensure your holiday shopping is a positive experience.


Watch your bags


If you stop for a rest or a bite to eat, never leave your shopping bags behind you or in a spot you can’t see. Thieves can easily grab a bag while you are distracted with your food, and you probably wouldn’t realize that it was gone until it’s too late.


Never leave shopping bags in plain sight


If you plan on doing a lot of shopping, you may make one or more trips to your car to drop off things you’ve bought. Never leave the items in plain sight in your car, or burglars will be tempted to ‘smash and grab’ them. Instead, lock the bags in the trunk of the car, out of sight.


Park in a well-lit area


Try to find a parking spot that is not secluded, especially if you are shopping alone. A well-lit spot that can be seen by passersby is much less likely to be targeted by thieves, and you’ll be able to spot if someone suspicious is hanging around your car. If you do see someone who looks as though they are watching your vehicle, get the shop’s security officer to walk with you to your car to avoid a potential mugging.


Avoid carrying large amounts of cash with you


If you don’t want to use a credit card, your bank’s debit card works just like cash, but, unlike cash, it can easily be replaced if stolen. If you do carry cash, keep it in your front pocket and avoid counting it in public.


Keep your wits about you


Holiday shopping may be stressful, with a thousand things to remember and several bags to carry. However, take the time to be aware of your surroundings, so you can spot potential danger before it becomes a problem. You’ll be less likely to lose a bag or your wallet if you don’t let yourself feel rushed and stressed.


Enjoy shopping for the holidays the safe way by putting these simple safety tips into use.