Holiday Safety Tips

Holiday Shopping
Holiday Shopping

The following are a few extra precautions you can take during the holiday season to help ensure that you have the safe and uneventful celebration you envision and deserve:

Top Shopping Safety Tips:
• Shop during daylight hours whenever possible. If you must shop at night, park in a well lighted area, go with a friend or family member and ensure that you tell someone where you are going and when you intend to return.
• Try to shop when it is less crowded.
• Dress casually and comfortably. Reducing stress during shopping can increase your awareness and safety.
• Avoid wearing expensive jewelry if possible. Save it for your family gathering.
• Don’t carry a purse or wallet if possible.
• Always carry your Drivers License or an Identification Card.
• Stay alert to your surroundings and always be ready to provide your location.
• Always carry a cell phone and have local emergency numbers available.
• Avoid carrying large amounts of cash.
• Avoid carrying large or bulky items. Ask for help from a trusted source.
• Pay for purchases with a check, credit or debit card when possible.
• Keep cash or wallets in your front pocket.
• Keep you credit account information and phone numbers in a safe place and immediately report any lost, stolen or misused cards.
• Make sure you keep an eye on your credit card when it is being processed and make sure you get it back after the transaction.
ALWAYS keep an eye on your children or if possible leave them at home with a responsible adult. If you must bring them, have another adult with you who can watch them while you are conducting a transaction.
• Teach children to stay by you and what to do if they lose site of you.
• Be prepared to provide complete information about your children to law enforcement in the event of an emergency.
• Immediately report any suspicious activity.

Getting Money:
• While using an ATM machine during the holidays you should be extra alert:
• Use them during daylight hours if possible. If not, pick a well lighted and populated area.
• Use machines in populated areas at all times.
• Have a friend or family member with you.
• Protect your personal identification number (PIN).
• Make sure it does not appear that the ATM machine has been tampered with.
• Be aware of your surroundings and look around for anyone acting suspiciously at or near the machine before you use it.
• Never help others at the ATM machine.
• Be prepared to make your transaction. Do not stand at the machine figuring out deposits.

Parking:
• Park in well lighted areas and as close to the establishment as possible.
• Make note of where you parked your vehicle.
• Walk with a friend or relative.
• Ask for a security escort to your car if you feel unsafe or it is a late hour.
• Leave with large “friendly” groups.
• Lock your vehicle.
• Keep all valuables, including items you just purchased, out of view. Use your trunk if possible.
• Have your keys in your hand before you leave the store.

Parties or Social Gatherings:
• Plan carefully and well in advance.
• Celebrate responsibly.
• If you drink alcoholic beverages – Always have a designated driver or make arrangements to stay where you are at.
• Avoid celebrating with gunfire at any time.