Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Safe Holiday Season Shopping Can Be Easy

Police are urging holiday shoppers to take a few easy precautions to protect themselves and keep their hard-earned purchases from ending up under a thief’s tree. Here’s a handy list of tips to ensure your shopping trip is a merry one:

  • Keep wallets and purses safely always secured on your person.
  • Don’t carry large amounts of currency. Instead, use debit and credit cards.
  • Protect and shield your Personal Information Number at point-of-sale terminals.
  • Get cash from recognized banking machines instead of stand-alone Automated Teller Machines (ATM). Thieves use card-skimming devices to target stand-alone units.
  • Carrying large amounts of gifts make you a target. Take them to your car and put them in a trunk, or in the case of sport utility vehicles or pick-up trucks, place them on the floor and cover them with a blanket.

Theft-proofing starts in the parking lot, so remember to take a few smart steps before braving the crowds at local stores.

  • Always make sure your vehicle is locked. An unlocked vehicle door or an open window is an invitation to thieves seeking a crime of opportunity.
  • Park your vehicle in a well-lit area.
  • Roll up the vehicle’s windows.
  • Keep valuables out of sight.
  • Lock your doors and pocket your keys.

Following these easy shopping tips will go a long way towards making your holiday season safe and fun for everyone on your list.

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