This holiday season, while shopping don't put yourself in the hands of a thief. Be alert during the holiday shopping season and remember these tips before, during and after shopping to make your season safe and enjoyable.

  • Turn off all lights & blow-out all open flame candles before leaving home
  • Never leave children home alone without an adult or child 13 years of age or older
  • Avoid shopping alone
  • Shop during daylight hours, if dark, 1) Shop with a friend, 2) Park in well-lighted space
  • Avoid carrying large amounts of cash
  • Keep your purse or wallet with you
  • Keep valuables out of plain view in your car
  • While shopping never leave children alone:
  1. In a car, or
  2. In public facilities (arcade or playground) 
  • Do not carry too many packages-lock them in your car trunk or not in plain view  
  • Avoid carrying large amounts of cash
  • Keep credit slips-tear & discard later
  • Wear your purse strapped across your body and wallets in front pocket
  • Use credit or bank ATM card or checks rather than carrying cash.
  • If ATM is used, use as “credit” so you do not have to use your PIN number
  • If you need an ATM, use one located in a mall, store, or well-lighted location
  • In public restrooms-do not hang a purse on handles/hooks and never on the floor
  • Always go with your child when taking them to the restroom
  • Teach your child never to talk to or go anywhere with strangers
  • Use the shopping cart safety belt for a child
  • On escalators-hold a child’s hand facing them forward and make sure shoes are tied
  • When leaving the stores, if dark or late at night ask security to escort you to your car
When walking to your car:
  • Walk confidently with your head up and noticing surroundings
  • Walk in well-lighted and well traveled area where there are lots of people
  • Be aware of people around you. Scan the area around your car. Make sure nobody is hiding nearby-If someone looks suspicious report them and request for an escort
  • Have your car key or remote in your hand and ready to unlock your car
Once at your car:
  • Look inside to make sure nobody is hiding
  • When loading purchases put your purse in first, then children, packages, etc.
  • Once in vehicle, lock doors immediately
Once at Home
  • Take infants & toddlers from car and into to home first, then remove gifts
  • Keep all wrapped gifts hidden in closets, not under your tree, so they are out of sight to prevent a burglary
  • Put gifts under you tree on December 24th

Remember to follow these tips to help keep you and your family safe this holiday season. Watch out for all of the eight part serious on holiday safety including Cooking, Stress-Free Holidays, The Holidays After Loss of A Loved One, Shopping, Child Safe Gift Guide, Gift's and Child Boundaries, and Family Holiday Activities and more.

You can also visit
Winter Holidays and Winter Sport Safety or read or print Holiday Times for all your holiday safety needs.

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