During the holiday season, crime rates tend to have a slight up-swing. This is due, in part, to shoppers carrying more cash and credit cards with them while shopping – shopping later than usual and the relaxed, easy-going attitude that comes with this time of year.
We call it good cheer. Criminals call it complacency.
By remaining aware of holiday season risks you can better protect yourself. Crime Prevention provides these tips to assist you in having a safe and enjoyable holiday season.
Out and About
1.) Shop during daylight hours when possible & shop with a friend – safety in numbers!
2.) Be aware of your surroundings. Pay attention to who is around you, what they are doing and what activities are going on. Be aware of someone watching you, or following you – you should notice who is around you!
3.) Don’t overload your arms with packages and bags while shopping. Clear visibility and freedom of movement are important self -protection habits.
4.) Pick your parking spot wisely. Look for a well lit area. If you own a small car, try not to park next to a large vehicle, which can block your vision or other citizen’s view of you while you are entering or exiting your vehicle.
5.) Do not leave your vehicle unattended while the engine is running, even if you are only going to be away from it for mere seconds.
6.) Have your keys out and ready when approaching your vehicle.
7.) Be aware of how you carry your purse or wallet. Would it be easy for someone to take it? Remove any unnecessary items and leave them at home.
8.) Try to carry only the amount of cash you will need to make your purchases and limit the number of credit cards to only the ones necessary for your current shopping trip or for that day.
9.) Keep a list of all credit cards, along with contact phone numbers for each card and keep it in a safe place. This will help in the event they are lost or stolen.
10.) Discuss various situations with your children. What will they do if you are separated? What will they do if approached by a stranger? What will you do?