6 Seasonal Shopping Safety Tips
This holiday season, you will likely do lots of shopping. Staying safe while doing so is a major concern for many shoppers. Nothing ruins the holiday spirit like becoming the victim of crime. Luckily there are a variety of things you can do to help keep yourself safe as you shop this year.
Keep Purchases Out of Sight
When you are shopping and storing items in your vehicle as you run from one store to the next, avoid leaving your purchases in plain sight. Store them in the trunk instead. This will ensure that you are not tempting thieves.
Pay Attention To Your Surroundings
When you enter a building, scan for exits. If you encounter a problem, you want to be able to get away. When you enter and exit your car, look around to see if someone is lurking nearby. Don’t chat on your cell phone, so you can give your full attention to your surroundings. Being in the moment, instead of taking part in a distracting phone call, will help you stay safe.
Make Special Note of People
Make eye-contact with strangers and say hello. This is extremely important if someone is approaching you in a deserted area. When you pay attention to the people around you to the point of being able to describe them, you are less likely to be chosen as a target. Criminals do not want to target those who can readily identify them.
Don’t Go Alone
It’s true that there is safety in numbers. That means no matter where you go, always take another person with you. This will help keep you from being targeted by criminals, because criminals typically select someone who is alone. The other party can be seen as a protector and witness, making you a less valuable commodity.
Give the Impression That You Have Little Worth Stealing
Shopping is not the time to flaunt your best outfits and most expensive jewelry. By wearing a modest outfit, carrying minimal jewelry and no purse, you will be less likely to be perceived as a good target. Avoid the purse, a huge attraction for thieves, by carrying a credit card and ID in the front pocket of your pants. With your hands free, you can do more to protect yourself.
Shop During the Day
When possible do your shopping during daylight hours to avoid making yourself an easy target. Shopping at night should only be done if you have a trusted companion with you.
Ensure that you holiday is unmarred by crime. Use these precautions to stay safe this holiday season. Happy Shopping.