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This year many shoppers will be out early to find those great bargains on Black Friday, or online for Cyber Monday, but the criminals will be out too. I'd like to remind you of a few safety tips to help you shop safely while getting those great holiday bargains.
SAFE SHOPPING TIPS
- Don't buy more than you can carry. You can't defend yourself if your hands are full!
- Don't post your location on social media sites! Announcing that you are out shopping lets everyone know that your house is a prime target for burglary.
- Park in well-lit areas, take your valuables out of your car, and lock your doors. Be cautious when returning to your vehicle. Have your keys in-hand, and look underneath your car and in the backseat to ensure your safety.
- Deter pickpockets, which thrive in jostling crowds and long lines. Carry your purse close to your body or your wallet inside a coat or front trouser pocket.
- Do not leave packages visible in your car windows. Lock them in the trunk or, if possible, take them directly home.
- Tell a security guard or store employee if you see an unattended bag or package while shopping or on mass transit.
- If you are shopping with children, have a plan in case you get separated. Select a central meeting place and make sure they know they can ask mall personnel or store security employees if they need help. Also ensure they have your cell phone number memorized or in their pocket.
- When shopping online, ensure you are entering your credit card information over an encrypted connection such as SSL or HTTPS.
- Have a code word for emergencies, so your family knows to make a quick, quiet escape before a situation deteriorates.
- LEAVING THE HOUSE, HOLIDAY TRAVEL: Activate your alarm before leaving the house, and keep a watchful eye out for suspicious persons, vehicles, or activity in your neighborhood.
- If you're leaving town, arrange to have your mail and newspapers picked up by a trusted neighbor. If your neighbors are also leaving town, you can put your mail on hold at your local post office. It's free and delivery will resume on the date you specify.
- Automatic timers, available at any hardware store, are an affordable way of making your house seem occupied. Simply hook one up to a light, TV, or radio.
- Consider leaving a large dog dish outside the back door, or posting a "Beware of Dog" sign on the fence. Most thieves are looking for the easiest possible target, and will not want to contend with the threat of a dog.
On Black Friday people are preoccupied and vulnerable to theft or other mishaps. The large volume of valuables being purchased and transported makes this a lucrative time of year for thieves. Whether you are leaving for a holiday weekend or spending time at home, you can use the above tips to be more careful and prepared during this holiday season. Enjoy the thrill of Black Friday bargain hunting but always remember to protect your home and family from potential criminals! This community safety message is brought to you by www.CargillForConstable.com