Shopping Safety



• 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.

•  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.

•  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.

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