- Minimize the amount of cash and the number of debit or credit cards you carry.
- Keep gift cards close and secure. They are easily redeemable and difficult to recover once they are stolen.
- If you are shopping with small children, have a plan in place if you are separated. Teach them to get help from a store clerk or a police officer.
- Stay alert and avoid talking on your cell phone while walking through parking lots.
- Do not overload yourself with packages and do not leave your purchases unattended, not even for a moment.
- Do not make multiple trips out to your car while shopping; purchases can be easily stolen from a locked trunk.
- Go immediately home after large purchases, such as televisions, computers, and jewelry. Criminals have been known to follow their victims to another destination and break into their car.
- When shopping online, ensure your computer is equipped with updated security software, you are shopping on secured websites and you are only using reputable company sites.
- After the holidays, do not advertise your gifts. Destroy the boxes and place them in a sealed opaque bag or trash can.
- If you see something suspicious, call the police immediately.
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Top Ten Holiday List
Our folks in the Crime Prevention Unit put together some valuable tips for a more enjoyable holiday season. Here are some points to ponder: